The second ODI between Ireland and West Indies has been postponed after COVID-19 cases cropped up in the visitors’ camp. The game was set to take place on Tuesday, January 11 at the Sabina Park, Kingston in Jamaica but Cricket West indies and Cricket Ireland, jointly, agreed to the postponement of the upcoming encounter.
According to a report, Irish skipper Andrew Balbirnie, wicket-keeper Lorcan Tucker and interim head coach David Ripley contracted the coronavirus over the weekend. This information came to light after Ben White and Simi Singh tested positive for the virus and were ruled out of the opening ODI, which took place on Saturday, January 8.
A joint press release on the remaining games read,”CWI and CI are in discussions to review the match schedule and are working to explore all possibilities for the series to be completed.” Both the boards will take the decision in the coming two days. Two more ODIs and a sole T20I were the remaining scheduled games.
Check out the official announcement here:
📡: ODI POSTPONED
The second CG Insurance ODI between Ireland Men and West Indies Men scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed.
— Cricket Ireland (@cricketireland) January 10, 2022
In the meantime, it may be noted that the West Indies squad has returned negative coronavirus tests. Both teams are currently following the rules and regulations of the Jamaican government in the pandemic. The Ireland squad has also been depleted by injuries to spin all-rounder Andy McBrine and fast bowler Mark Adair.
As far as the ongoing series is concerned, West Indies won the opening match by 24 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Shamarh Brooks became the Player of the Match, although he missed out on a well-deserved century. Kieron Pollard, Alzarri Joseph and Romario Shepherd also played their part in West Indies’ victory. Balbirnie and Harry Tector scored fifties for Ireland, but their efforts went in vain.