The COVID-19 outbreak has jeopardized the UAE-Ireland ODI series after another positive case was detected in the UAE squad and was sent back by the home camp.
The UAE-Ireland ODI series has been postponed a second time including this incident. The series was earlier put off when Sunday’s second ODI was suspended after a UAE player tested positive for the virus, making him the third player in the list of players testing positive for COVID-19. The player was subjected to isolation, but after 48 hours, the Emirates Cricket Board announced another positive case among the squad.
The news eventually led to the suspension of the game and the isolation of the whole UAE team. Naturally, the game seems unlikely to proceed under these conditions.
Announcing the news of the suspension of the match, ECB stated, “Emirates Cricket Board has confirmed that tomorrow’s match in the Sky247.net ODI Series 2021 against Ireland has been suspended. This decision, supported by Cricket Ireland, was made after a new directive was received from authorities.”
“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 concluded.
It now remains to be seen if the two boards decide to continue with the series after postponing it, or call it quits.
Ireland is scheduled to play against Afghanistan in a three-match ODI series starting January 21 in Abu Dhabi.