Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Ireland have mutually agreed to postpone the UAE-Ireland ODI to be held on Thursday.
This is the third time the ODI has been suspended. The second ODI that was scheduled to be played on Tuesday was called off earlier this week.
It followed the suspension of the match on Sunday after a third UAE player Alishan Sharafu tested positive for the virus on Saturday. The players were isolated in their rooms following the news.
ECB stated in their statement that discussions on rescheduling of the matches are underway. While, Cricket Ireland has said that they will continue to monitor the situations for the coming days.
“Emirates Cricket Board confirms that tomorrow’s match in the Sky247.net Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021 against Ireland has been suspended,” ECB informed in an official statement.
“Although no new positive cases have been returned the decision, supported by Cricket Ireland, was made due to the UAE team remaining in quarantine as directed by authorities on January 11th. As previously communicated discussions continue regarding rescheduling matches,” ECB added.
Although no new cases of COVID-19 positive have been reported, the boards decided to suspend the match giving priority to the health and safety of the players as well as the support staff.
UAE and Ireland played their first ODI as per schedule, which was on January 8, in which UAE emerged as the victor by 6 wickets.
Ireland is scheduled to play a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan starting January 21.