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Ireland-UAE ODI suspended after COVID-19 cases

Ireland travelled to Abu Dhabi to play four-match ODI series against the United Arab Emirates. The hosts comfortably won the first game by 6 wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Rightly so, the hosts took the opening lead in the ODI series.

While both teams were prepping for the second ODI which is slated to be held on January 12 (Tuesday), as many as four players at the UAE camp were tested positive for coronavirus. The ODI series is in troubled waters in the wake of 4 more positive cases.

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It is indeed bad news to the hosts and the team management had to take an immediate decision in the ongoing series. The second ODI between the UAE and Ireland has been suspended. The match has been postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

The second ODI has been rescheduled to January 16. It is to be noted that the visitors Ireland were originally scheduled to play the second match on January 10.

Unfortunately, a player tested positive which forced the game to be postponed to January 16. The decision backed by Ireland cricket board was made after new instruction was received from the authorities.

“Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed that the match … 2021 against Ireland has been suspended. This decision, supported by Cricket Ireland, was made after a new directive was received from authorities,” read a statement from the Emirates Cricket Board on Monday (January 11).

“This followed over 48 hours of self-isolation by the UAE team after four reported positive cases of Covid-19. Additionally, the directive from the authorities requires the UAE team to remain in quarantine for an extended period of time.”

“Discussions are continuing with all concerned parties, including the relevant authorities, regarding rescheduling of the remaining matches. A decision will be made and communicated once an agreement has been reached and approved,” the statement added.

“Cricket Ireland thanks the Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Cricket for their transparency and cooperation at this time, and will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.

As always, the health and safety of players and support staff will remain Cricket Ireland’s priority. We will endeavour to keep fans updated as circumstances evolve,” added Cricket Ireland in a statement.


United Arab Emirates Squad: Zawar Farid, Vriitya Aravind(w), Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Alishan Sharafu, Muhammad Usman, Waheed Ahmed, Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza(c), Zahoor Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Kashif Daud, Chirag Suri, Aryan Lakra, Junaid Siddique, Basil Hameed, Muhammad Boota, Adhitya Shetty

Ireland Squad: Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker(w), Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Joshua Little, Simi Singh, Neil Rock, David Delany, James McCollum

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