England have responded to claims one of the reasons Stuart Broad missed the first Test against the West Indies was due to bed bugs getting into his ‘jockstrap’ from BBC Cricket correspondent Johnathan Agnew.
It was reported that the England team have been suffering from issues surrounding mosquitos and bed bug bites causing players to sleep outside their rooms on mattresses.
Agnew told BBC’s live text commentary: “There's an untold story about why Stuart Broad might not be playing. He has got some terrible bed bug bits - and on quite a sensitive area, which I inspected yesterday on the outfield.”
Broad asked to move rooms during the swarm of insects which supposedly took around a quarter of an hour.
Agnew continued: “There are a few issues at the hotel they're staying at. It involves some of the players sleeping out on mattress in the corridors of the hotel. He went to bed with his whites on, but it sounds as if a few got into his jockstrap. He's on some treatment.”
However, The ECB wasted no time in firing back a response and released a statement: “It is correct that Stuart has moved rooms at the hotel but it's nonsense to suggest that some players have been sleeping on mattresses outside their rooms. This is not true.”
It is also believed that other England players had to relocate after suffering the same problem at the Accra hotel which is also hosting the West Indies squad and match officials.
The decision to drop Broad was the toughest selection dilemma Joe Root had before day one in Barbados, with Sam Curran getting the nod instead.
The Windies closed the opening day on 264 for 8, with James Anderson picking up four late wickets to swing the Test in England’s favour after a tricky opening couple of sessions.
Curran in particular struggled to make much of a dent in the hosts' innings which may cause Root to rue not selecting the taller Broad, who has 433 Test wickets to his name.