The third one-day international between the United Arab Emirates and Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Thursday was canceled as the hosts are still in quarantine following COVID-19 cases at their camp, Emirates Cricket said on Wednesday Board.
Game two of the four-game series was postponed on Tuesday when four other UAE players tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total to seven cases of COVID-19.
“Emirates Cricket Board confirms that tomorrow’s match in the Sky247.net Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021 against Ireland has been suspended,” the board said in a statement.
BREAKING: Emirates Cricket Board confirms tomorrow’s match in the Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021 https://t.co/lNel6H5rbv against @Irelandcricket has been suspended.
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– UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) January 13, 2021
“Although no new positive cases have been returned, the decision, supported by Cricket Ireland, was taken as the UAE team remained in quarantine as reported by authorities on January 11.”
Cricket Ireland also took to social media and thanked Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Cricket for their transparency and cooperation. They said they would continue to monitor the situation over the next few days.
THE ODI OF TOMORROW SUSPENDED
Although no new cases of COVID-19 have been reported, the UAE team remains in quarantine. Discussions are underway regarding the modification of the layouts.
– Ireland Cricket (@Irelandcricket) January 13, 2021
The United Arab Emirates beat Ireland by six wickets in the opener.