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UAE vs Ireland: COVID outbreak postpones second ODI

The ongoing One Day International series between United Arab Emirates and Ireland has taken another jolt after four more UAE players tested positive for coronavirus. As a result of the spike in cases in the UAE camp, Tuesday’s ODI has been postponed. This is the second instance of postponement in this series. The future of the ODI series is still uncertain as the two boards are discussing the course of action.

The first match was played as per the schedule, but the second match, which was scheduled on January 10, was moved to January 16 after three UAE players, Alishan Sharafu, Aryan Lakra and Chirag Suri tested positive for coronavirus

The Emirates Cricket Board released a statement to confirm that second ODI will not go ahead on Tuesday. The decision has been made after the release of new directives from authorities. A further date for this game is yet to be decided as regular discussions are taking place among the concerned stakeholders, including the relevant authorities, to come up with a solution regarding the remaining fixtures. The decisions will be made public after an agreement has been reached and approved by all the parties. Meanwhile, the UAE squad will remain in quarantine for an extended period.

Cricket Ireland’s statement says, “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.”

At the end of 2020, the ODI series between England and South Africa was also cancelled after there were positive cases reported in both camps. Since the international cricket has resumed completely, the cricketing boards and International Cricket Council (ICC) will have to come up with set guidelines to tackle a situation where there are coronavirus cases in teams.

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