UAE authorities have given the green signal for the home side to take on Ireland in the second ODI on Monday (January 18). Incidentally, two of the four scheduled matches weren’t played because of COVID-19 health concerns.
The Emirates Cricket Board’s statement said: “Emirates Cricket Board is delighted to confirm that the fourth match in the Sky247.net 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.”
Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, noted: “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.”
The four-match series between UAE and Ireland began according to 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 January 14 but got suspended. The next date for the resumption of the series was on January 17, but even that game was suspended after the UAE public health directives didn’t give the required permission.
Ireland are also scheduled to play a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan, with the matches taking place on January 21, 24 and 26 in Abu Dhabi. The ODI series against Afghanistan will also be a part of the World Cup Super League.