Cricket news - UAE-Ireland ODI suspended again, but no new COVID-19 cases reported

Only the opening game of the series was played.

Only the opening game of the series was played.

For the third time in the last one week, a UAE-Ireland ODI has been suspended due to the sudden outbreak of covid-19 cases in the UAE camp. In welcome news, however, there were no new cases reported but the boards opted to suspend the ODI - scheduled for January 14 - keeping in line with the directives from UAE's Department of Health.

"Emirates Cricket Board confirms that tomorrow's match in the Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021 against Ireland has been suspended," the Emirates Cricket Board said in an official statement.

"Although no new positive cases have been returned the decision, supported by Cricket Ireland, was made due to the UAE team remaining in quarantine as directed by authorities on January 11th."

The series began as per schedule on January 8, but was hit after Chirag Suri and Aryan Lakra tested positive for COVID-19. More players tested positive over the next few days as the two boards had to postpone the second ODI.

It was to be played on Thursday (January 14) but has been suspended again. The boards are now said to be in discussion about rescheduling the suspended matches. It remains to be seen how they work it out as the Afghanistan-Ireland ODI series is scheduled to commence from January 21.