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West Indies-Ireland games in doubt

Sports 13 Jan, 2022 Follow News

Andrew Balbirnie is one of Ireland’s covid cases

Ireland's second one-day international against the West Indies has been postponed after further positive coronavirus tests within the Irish camp.

Five members of the touring party are currently in isolation under the supervision of medical staff ahead of Tuesday's planned fixture at Sabina Park.

West Indies postponed Tuesday’s second one-day game against Ireland in Kingston, Jamaica after the COVID-19 cases in the Irish squad increased to five.

Captain Andrew Balbirnie and wicketkeeper Lorcan Tucker are the latest Ireland players to test positive along with interim coach David Ripley. Simi Singh and Ben White missed Saturday's game after positive tests. With two more Ireland players injured, the prospect of the series being completed now appears in doubt.

The sides are scheduled to meet in the third one-day international at Sabina Park on Friday before the white-ball series concludes with a T20 game at the same venue on Sunday.

Covid cases in both squads and among match officials led to the cancellation of the scheduled one-day games in Florida after two T20 contests took place.

A joint statement by Cricket West Indies and Cricket Ireland said that talks were taking place to "explore all possibilities for the series to be completed".

West Indies secured a 24-run win in Saturday's opening game in the one-day series in Jamaica. England are scheduled to face West Indies in a five-match T20 series later this month following the completion of the Ashes series in Australia.

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