An upcoming Ireland vs USA ODI series was affected by covid-19 and had to be cancelled with immediate effect. The two boards issued a joint statement in which they mentioned that they have unanimously decided to postpone the ODI series due to covid-19 concerns.
USA was set to host Ireland for a T20I and ODI series. While the two-match T20I series took place successfully, the ODI series was hampered by covid-19. The two ODI matches were scheduled to take place on December 26 and December 29 at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Florida.
Ireland vs USA ODI Series Cancelled Due To Covid-19
In a joint statement, Ireland and USA Cricket board informed that Ireland vs USA ODI series was cancelled because two members of Irish support staff have tested positive for covid-19 and two Irish players were in close contact with them. The initial cases were found in USA players and umpires.
“While all players in both current playing squads have returned negative Covid results overnight, two members of the Irish support staff have tested positive, as well as several partners of players, resulting in two of the Irish players being deemed as ‘close contacts’. “As such the risks and concerns about further spread have meant that both Boards have regrettably agreed to cancel the remaining two scheduled matches,” the joint statement read.
In a tweet, USA Cricket said that they were devastated at the cancellation of the Ireland vs USA ODI series. They also thanked Ireland Cricket and fans for their support to the T20I series.
“We are all devastated at today’s news of the cancellation of the ODI Series. Our huge thanks to everyone at Cricket Ireland, all of the fans who turned out in record numbers during the T20I series and to all our players, volunteers, staff & stakeholders for supporting the series”, the tweet by USA Cricket read.
The Ireland vs USA T20I series ended in a tie with both the teams winning one game each. USA defeated Ireland in the 1st T20I game by 26 runs. With Sushant Modani’s 50 and Gajanand Singh’s 65, the USA put up 188-6 on the scoreboard. Later, Ireland could only reach 162-6 in 20 overs with Lorcan Tucker scoring an unbeaten 57.
In Ireland vs USA 2nd T20I, Ireland made a comeback by winning the match by 9 runs. With Lorcan Tucker’s 84, Ireland were bowled out for 150 in the 1st innings. However, they managed to restrict the USA to 141-7 in 20 overs and won the match.
Now, Ireland are set to tour West Indies for a three-match ODI series and one-off T20I. The 1st ODI will take place at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica on January 8, 2021. Ireland players are set to travel to West Indies from the USA for the tour.
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