In a serious blow to UAE forward of their first-ever bilateral ODI sequence in opposition to a full-member nation, Eire, two key gamers have examined constructive for Covid-19, together with vice-captain Chirag Suri. Each gamers have been put into isolation even because the ODI goes forward as deliberate at Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
“The ECB have confirmed that vice-captain Chirag Suri and Aryan Lakra have examined constructive for Covid 19,” they stated in an announcement. “Each gamers are at the moment in isolation, are being monitored, and are in good well being. All areas had been instantly and totally sanitised as per current protocols with no additional constructive checks returned.”
In the meantime, Eire received the toss and opted to bat first. For UAE, 17-year-old Alishan Sharafu and 34-year-old allrounder Kashif Daud have made their debuts.
The event will function a warm-up for Eire earlier than their conflict with Afghanistan within the ICC Cricket World Cup Tremendous League. This can be their first worldwide outing for the reason that three-match ODI sequence in opposition to England again in August, 2020, earlier than the pandemic put a brake on all sporting actions.
The sequence can be performed out fully at one venue, one thing that has turn into a well-known sight for cricket followers as the game involves grips with the ‘new regular’ in a world nonetheless trying to totally take care of the problems attributable to Covid-19.
Eire’s final worldwide matches got here in July-August 2020 once they toured England for a three-match ODI sequence performed out fully on the Rose Bowl in Southampton, with the hosts working out 2-1 winners.
In contrast, UAE have needed to wait practically a yr to get again to the cricket area. Their final worldwide outing got here in a ACC Twenty20 Cup encounter in opposition to Kuwait on February 27, 2020 through which they emerged victorious by 102 runs.