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UAE-Ireland 2nd ODI postponed after positive COVID result

The next three matches of the UAE-Ireland series have rescheduled following another positive COVID-19 test.

Alishan Sharafu is the third player from United Arab Emirates camp to test positive after Chirag Suri and Aryan Larka also tested positive prior to the first ODI.

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“Emirates Cricket Board confirms that UAE player, Alishan Sharafu, has today tested positive for COVID-19,” an ECB release said.

“Subhan Ahmed, Emirates Cricket Board Advisor, provided clarity on the situation: “As part of our COVID-19 safety protocols for this series, all players were required to undergo and provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Bio-Bubble in Abu Dhabi.

“The tests that were carried out on December 29th were all negative. Players were then isolated in their separate rooms (in the team hotel) for three days. On January 7th, Chirag Suri tested positive, followed by Aryan Lakra on January 8th.

“Both Chirag and Aryan were isolated in their hotel rooms immediately after testing positive. As all remaining tests were negative, and after the tracing app data was reviewed, no further close contacts were traced.”

The second ODI that was scheduled for Sunday (January 10, will now be played on Tuesday (January 12). The third and fourth ODIs will take place on January 14 and 16 respectively.

This is not the first case of an international match getting postponed due to COVID outbreak. England pulled out of South African tour last year.

Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland confirms that all the Irish members tested negative.

“The Emirates Cricket Board has advised us today of a further positive COVID test amongst its playing squad, and we have both agreed the safest course of action is to postpone the second ODI scheduled for tomorrow. We hope to play this match on the 16th January, all going well,” Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said.

“All Irish players have tested negative. We appreciate the speed and transparency of Emirates Cricket to ensure that the health and safety of players, support staff and workers at the ground comes first.”

The first ODI went to the hosts as CP Rizwan and Muhammad Rizwan’s twin hundreds toppled Paul Sturling’s 131*, the first three-figure ODI score in 2021.

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