The third one-day international between the United Arab Emirates and Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Thursday has been called off because the hosts are still in quarantine following COVID-19 cases in their camp, the Emirates Cricket Board said on Wednesday.
The second match of the four-game series was postponed on Tuesday when four more UAE players tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the total to seven COVID-19 cases.
“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.
— UAE Cricket Official (@EmiratesCricket) January 13, 2021
“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.”
Cricket Ireland also took to social media and thanked Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Cricket for their transparency and cooperation. They said they will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.
TOMORROW’S ODI SUSPENDED
While there are no new COVID-19 cases reported, the UAE squad remains in quarantine. Discussions are ongoing regarding resheduling of fixtures.
— Cricket Ireland (@Irelandcricket) January 13, 2021
UAE beat Ireland by six wickets in the first match.