Two cricket players of UAE test positive for Covid-19

UAE vice-captain Chirag Suri and uncapped left-arm spinner Aryan Lakra have tested positive for Covid-19, ahead of the team’s ODI series against Ireland. A statement is released from the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB). According to which, “Both players are currently in isolation, are being monitored and are in good health.”

In Abu Dhabi all four matches will be played. But it is yet to be clear what impact it will raise on the development of the series.

The ECB’s statement suggested things will go ahead as planned. With “all areas immediately and thoroughly sanitised as per existing protocols” and “no further positive tests returned.

The first ODI of the ODI series between UAE v Ireland will be played today January 8th, 09:30 (UAE time), as planned,” it added

Lakra was the new face in the 17 man sqad, along with three more named- Alishan Sharafu, Kashif Daud and Adithya Shetty. While Suri was making a comeback following injury for this series.

Ireland will remain in the country to play ODIs against Afghanistan,Following the UAE series. It is commencing today at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Since the New Year, the daily number of fresh Covid-19 cases in the country has averaged around 2000.

Written by Martha Paul


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