Ireland-UAE ODI set to go ahead on January 18 as health authorities clear path


After getting the green signal from the health authorities, Ireland and UAE are scheduled to take on each other in another ODI in Abu Dhabi on Monday (January 18).

UAE were supposed to host Ireland for a four-match ODI series from January 8 – the first of which began on time – but soon after, the series hit a roadblock after Chirag Suri and Aryan Lakra tested positive for COVID-19.

In the subsequent days, more players tested positive as the two boards had to postpone the second ODI. First, it was scheduled to be played on January 14 but got suspended with the next date for the resumption of the series was set on January 17. However, that had to be suspended once again after the UAE public health directives didn’t give the required permission.

“Emirates Cricket Board is delighted to confirm that the fourth match in the Abu Dhabi ODI Series 2021 between the UAE and Ireland has been approved by the authorities to proceed tomorrow, Monday, January 18th.

“This closing match in the series will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, and will start at 09:30 (UAE Time). The match will be live-streamed in partnership with ITW Consulting and broadcast in India on EuroSports, Premier Sports in the UK, Criclife in the UAE, and Willow TV in the USA.”

Ireland expresses happiness over resumption

Ireland Cricket High-Performance Director Richard Holdsworth is stoked by the new schedule which will give them enough game time ahead of the Afghanistan series and a chance to level the series against UAE as well.

“We’re delighted that the go-ahead has been granted for the rescheduled match, and the squad is looking forward to getting back into competitive action. It has been very disruptive for team planning and player preparation not knowing when the next game will be, but I know that Graham Ford and the squad will adapt and be pleased that there is a confirmed fixture now in place.

“As always, we appreciate the work of the Emirates Cricket Board in getting this game on, and look forward to seeing the lads back on the field as they look to square the series.”