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The first ODI between Ireland and the USA has been cancelled due to the rise of a positive COVID-19 case. A match official returned a positive result in his test.

As a result, the other three officials who were with him have been deemed as close contact, thereby having to isolate themselves. Therefore, all four umpires were unavailable for the first ODI.

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“The first One Day International in the Dafabet USA v Ireland Men’s International Series scheduled for Boxing Day has unfortunately been cancelled this evening due to a positive COVID case in the umpiring team of Match Officials during the ongoing testing as part of the series’ COVID managed environment,” the statement from USA Cricket read.

Second and third ODI between Ireland and the USA to go-ahead

Despite the cancellation of the first game, the second and third ODI will not be affected by the case. A new set of officials will be called up for the last two games which have been scheduled to be played in Lauderhill, Florida on December 28 and December 30 respectively.

USA To Host Ireland For A Full Series At Home For The First Time. Photo- Twitter
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Ireland’s tour has already been marred due to COVID-19. During the tour, as many as five Irish players have contracted the virus. Craig Young, Harry Tector, Barry McCarthy, George Dockrell, and Gareth Delany have all test positive at different stages.

Even assistant coach, Gary Wilson, had tested positive during the same tour. Apart from the Irish, four players in the USA team also returned positive results. The teams have played the 2-match T20I series nevertheless, with both teams winning a game each.

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