SERIES IN THE LIMBO | World sports


The second One-Day International between the West Indies and Ireland has been postponed after recent new positive cases of Covid-19 within the Irish camp leaving the series in limbo.

However, Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket Ireland (CI) are in talks to explore all possibilities of completing the Caribbean tour.

IOC Director General (CEO) Johnny Grave confirmed yesterday that while dialogue continues, no positive cases have been reported in the West Indies camp. But he said the recent positive cases in the Irish camp, coupled with injuries to two other players, would have “severely exhausted” the Irish squad, forcing the second ODI, scheduled for today at Sabina Park, to be postponed.

The West Indies lead 1-0 in the three-game series after a relentless 24-race win last Saturday at Sabina. Ireland confirmed two more cases of Covid-19 in its team yesterday, bringing the total number of cases to five.

Taking stock of recent developments, Grave said: “After two more positive cases within the Irish squad, Cricket West Indies and Cricket Ireland met throughout the day and made a decision based on safety. and the safety of all players and support. staff to postpone CG Insurance’s second ODI which was scheduled at Sabina Park tomorrow (today).

“CWI and CI are in regular discussions to review the match schedule and explore all possibilities to see if this ODI series and this Caribbean tour can be completed as planned,” he continued.

Ireland is dealing with Covid-19 cases in their setup since their previous tour of the United States and this series was ultimately canceled due to “Covid concerns”.

“Unfortunately, with five members of the team from Ireland now returning a positive infection for Covid-19, two members of their team were injured and two recently arrived in Jamaica after testing positive for Covid-19 when they were in Florida, Ireland have nine players from their squad unavailable for selection for tomorrow’s game, ”Grave explained.

Versatile batting veteran Paul Stirling and crimper Shane Getkate were due to arrive in Jamaica on Sunday after recovering from Covid-19.

Among the positive cases at the Irish side were skipper Andy Balbirnie and wicket keeper Lorcan Tucker, both of whom featured in Saturday’s game. Interim head coach David Ripley also tested positive while the pair of Simi Singh and Ben White were excluded from the first ODI also with positive tests last weekend.

Injured players include Andy McBrine, who is recovering from a mild concussion suffered in the first game, and crimper Mark Adair, who suffers from a foot injury.

The five members of the Ireland team who returned positive Covid-19 results remain in isolation under the care and supervision of medical teams.

“We will therefore continue our discussions with Ireland. All West Indies players, support staff, match officials and the television team were tested regularly throughout their stay in Jamaica and no other positive cases were reported outside of the five cases within from Cricket Ireland camp and we really hope we can to finish the streak in the week to come, ”concluded Grave.

The third ODI was to be played at Sabina on Friday while the only T20I was to be played on Sunday. Following the end of the Irish tour, the West Indies are due to host England in a four-game T20I series, January 22-30, in Barbados.


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