The second ODI between UAE and Ireland has been suspended for the fourth time in a row, despite no new cases of COVID-19 was found in either team. The ODI match between the two teams was scheduled to be held on Saturday, but it was called off since the UAE public health directives are still reluctant to carry on with the competition.
The second ODI, initially slated to be held on Sunday last week, was postponed after UAE player Alishan Sharafu tested positive for COVID-19. Sharafu is the third UAE player to test positive for the virus.
“Emirates Cricket Board confirms that tomorrow’s (January 16th) match in the Sky247.net Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021 against Ireland has been suspended,” Emirates Cricket Board stated in an official statement.
“Discussions are underway with all parties regarding a final ODI match between the UAE and Ireland being played early in the coming week.”
High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, Richard Holdsworth expressed his disappointment over the repeated suspension of the face-off between the two teams, although accepting the necessity of it he said, “Frustratingly, the wait goes on to resume competitive action, however, we fully accept the rationale for the government health directive, and the health and safety of players and support staff will remain Cricket Ireland’s top priority.”
“With the Afghanistan series due to start next Thursday, the players and coaches are keen to get at least another competitive fixture in against the UAE prior to that, so we are hoping that a continued clean bill of health in both camps will allow us to play on Monday. The players will head out for a centre-wicket practice tomorrow,” he added.
Both the boards are planning to hold the match next week, possibly on Monday, before Ireland’s match with Afghanistan, starting January 21.