West Indies and Ireland have agreed on postponing the second ODI after the emergence of new Covid cases in the Irish camp. The side also was suffering from a few injury concerns and the positive case has taken the sting out from their team. The game was scheduled to be played in Jamaica.
The two respective boards came into an agreement and came out with a statement regarding the postponement of the second ODI.
Uncertainty Looms Over West Indies vs Ireland Series
“Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Cricket Ireland (CI) issued a joint statement after two further positive COVID-19 cases were reported in the Ireland camp following recent testing, and two players being ruled out due to injury, resulting in Ireland having a severely depleted squad,” the statement read.
Cricket West Indies has further reported that five members of the Ireland team who have returned with positive COVID-19 results remain in isolation under the care and supervision of the medical teams. Among them are Simi Singh and Ben White who were ruled out from the first ODI after contracting the virus.
Coupled with the positive cases, The Irish team is also struggling with injury concerns. Andy McBrine and Mark Adair are currently out injured. McBrine also developed minor symptoms after being hit in the first ODI.
Due to the increasing number of Covid cases in the camp, there have been irregularities in their cricket calendar as well. They had to abandon the ODI series against the USA last month. Now the series against West Indies has also come under the cloud.
A final decision on the remainder of Ireland’s Caribbean tour is likely to be taken in the next two days. “CWI and CI are in discussions to review the match schedule and are working to explore all possibilities for the series to be completed,” the joint media release said.
West Indies won the first ODI by 24 runs as Ireland made a good fist of their chase of 270 to win. They were bowled out for 249 with skipper Andrew Balbirnie contributing 71.