Cricket Ireland has moved the fixtures of the three-match ODI series against Afghanistan, which was slated to begin on January 18.
The three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Ireland, which was scheduled to start on January 18, has been rescheduled due to the delayed arrival of the hosts in the UAE.
Ireland-Afghanistan ODI Rescheduled
The three ODIs, which are part of ICC’s World Cup Super League, were scheduled to be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 18, 21, and 23 but the start has been postponed by three days The ODIs will now be played on January 21, 24 and 26 at the same venue.
Richard Holdsworth, High-performance director for Cricket Ireland, said that they have agreed to the new fixtures. ”We were pleased to accommodate the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s request for a slight extension of the tour understanding that the delayed arrival time of the Afghan side, combined with their quarantine requirements meant that the previous schedule could not be achieved,” said Holdsworth on Wednesday.
He adds that “We are pleased that after discussions over recent days, an agreement was reached on keeping the series in Abu Dhabi after the Afghanistan squad’s visas came through,” he added.
We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Sports Council in working with us to ensure the series will be played in a safe and healthy environment.”
Prior to that, Ireland will be up against UAE, before they move on to the matches against Afghanistan.
Ireland vs UAE
Ireland will lock horns with UAE before they play Afghanistan in the World Cup Super League fixtures later this month. On Wednesday, Ireland pacer David Delany left the squad after complaining of knee pain following training in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, Josh Little will join the Irish side on Thursday. Little was originally named in the 16-man squad, but in mid-December, he was forced to self-isolate after a close contact tested positive.
The four-match Abu Dhabi ODI series between UAE and Ireland will begin on Friday.