This is a massive blow for both cricket boards as the series has been suspended due to four more positive cases in the UAE camp. There is no further update on the 4-match series, as it still hangs in the balance. Discussions are still going on among the stakeholders.
The UAE cricket board has announced that the second ODI match against Ireland has been suspended. Cricket Ireland also supported this decision. This was official after the teams received a new directive from authorities on Monday.
The authorities require the UAE team to remain in quarantine for an extended period of time. Several discussions are going on with all concerned parties. This includes the relevant authorities, regarding the rescheduling of the remaining three matches. A proper decision will be made and communicated once an agreement has been reached and approved.
UAE won the first ODI by 6 wickets chasing 270
The second One Day International between the two countries would take place on January 10. But a positive test in the UAE camp resulted in the suspension of the match.
The Ireland cricket board appreciates the Emirates Cricket Board for their precision and cooperation during this time. They will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days. The health and safety of players and support staff will always remain Cricket Ireland’s priority. The board will endeavor to keep fans updated as circumstances progress.
UAE is leading the four-match series 1-0 after winning the first match by six wickets. Ireland won the toss and put up a decent total of 269/5 in 50 overs. Paul Stirling scored 131 whereas skipper Andy Balbrine scored 53. The other Irish players could not contribute much. UAE’s batsman Chundangapoyil Rizwan scored 109, and Muhammad Usman was not out on 102. The batting pair put up a 184-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Rizwan was also the Man of the Match in the first ODI.