Positive COVID-19 test sees second ODI rescheduled

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ABU DHABI – Emirates Cricket Board has advised Cricket Ireland of a further UAE player has tested positive for COVID-19. Subsequently, the two cricket bodies have agreed to postpone tomorrow’s scheduled match until Saturday 16 January 2021.

Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:

“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.”

“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.”

RESCHEDULED FIXTURES

The international fixtures, which will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, are:

  • UAE v Ireland – 2nd ODI – 12 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
  • UAE v Ireland – 3rd ODI – 14 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
  • UAE v Ireland – 4th ODI – 16 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
  • Afghanistan v Ireland – 1st ODI – 21 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
  • Afghanistan v Ireland – 2nd ODI – 24 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
  • Afghanistan v Ireland – 3rd ODI – 26 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)

The matches against Afghanistan will be part of the World Cup Super League (see below for details).

LIVESTREAM / BROADCAST

Matches will be livestreamed via Facebook Live in Ireland / UK. For the rest of the world, the series with either be shown on satellite television or livestreamed, so please check local guides.

SQUAD

The Ireland Men’s squad is:

  • Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

WORLD CUP SUPER LEAGUE

Matches played as part of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League (2020-2023) are essentially World Cup Qualifier matches, as the League will serve as part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualification process.

  • See the current WCSL table as it stands
    https://www.icc-cricket.com/cricket-world-cup-super-league/standings

The WCSL features thirteen teams, the twelve Full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and the Netherlands (who won the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship to qualify for this competition). Each team will play an ODI series against eight of the twelve opponents, four series at home and four away. Each series will consist of three ODIs. For the World Cup, the hosts (India in 2023), and the top seven-ranked sides thereafter, will qualify automatically. The remaining five teams will play in a qualifying event along with five Associate sides, from which two sides will go through to the final tournament.

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