Fresh COVID-19 cases in the United Arab Emirates have forced the cancellation of the scheduled second ODI between UAE and Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, January 12. The supreme authorities will decide the fate of the four-match series by discovering all the possibilities.
Four tested positive for COVID-19
The four COVID-19 cases have been reported from the UAE squad. After the recent update, cricket boards of both nations made a call to suspend the UAE vs Ireland 2nd ODI.
“Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed that tomorrow’s 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).
UAE players in extended quarantine
“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.
Last week, the second ODI was postponed after Alishan Sharafu tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday. In the first ODI, UAE made history by defeating Ireland by six wickets on Friday. Paul Stirling’s unbeaten century in his second consecutive ODI innings posted a challenging total for the Irishmen in the first ODI, but a clinical run chase by UAE saw the home side achieve its first-ever ODI win over Ireland.
“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,” said Cricket Ireland in a statement.
Ireland was due to face Afghanistan in a three-match ODI series between January 21 and 26. All the matches are set to be played in Abu Dhabi. It’s a part of the ongoing inaugural edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. The postponement of the matches against the UAE might lead to the rescheduling of the series against Afghanistan.
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