We are planning to get them together to train for the tour.
Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and the fit-again Jofra Archer are among the established names in the 18, but there are berths for some uncapped players too, with Virdi and Robinson known to be among them.
"But the simple fact is and it's a genuine answer we need to get cricket back on again and now is probably not the time to try and leverage anything".
The coronavirus has delayed the start of the English season until at least July, but the England and Wales Cricket Board is hoping to stage a full global campaign to avoid a possible loss of 380 million ($465 million).
"We are not going to jeopardise their health". We are looking at bringing about 25 players.
"There is a lot of cricket to be played between now and 2022", he said while speaking in Sky Sports' The Cricket Show. "We're probably about a week away from that", he added.
Current guidelines mean any arrivals to the United Kingdom from overseas would require a 14-day quarantine period, but there is a chance that could also double as a training period if the venue can be signed off as "bio-secure". The series was originally slated to take place in June but as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had suspended competitive cricket till July 1, the series will take place in July. "We'll just have to see how that goes".
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