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Remaining West Indies-Ireland ODIs rescheduled, T20I called off

Second ODI shifted to Thursday before series concludes on Sunday in Jamaica

David Ripley, pictured with Andy Balbirnie, is standing in as Ireland's head coach, Ireland training, Ireland tour of United States and West Indies, December 20, 2021

Ireland's captain, Andy Balbirnie, and interim head coach, David Ripley  •  Peter Della Penna

West Indies and Ireland have agreed to reschedule the remaining two fixtures of their three-match ODI series, after a Covid-19 outbreak contributed to the second match being postponed. As a result, the one-off T20I scheduled for Sunday has been cancelled.
The second ODI will now be played at Sabina Park on Thursday, with the series concluding on Sunday. West Indies won the opening game by 24 runs, with all three fixtures forming part of the ICC's World Cup Super League.
With three further members of Ireland's touring party in Jamaica testing positive on Monday, Cricket West Indies and Cricket Ireland had agreed to push back Tuesday's second ODI. Ireland were already without Simi Singh and Ben White, before Andy Balbirnie, the captain, Lorcan Tucker and David Ripley, the interim head coach, returned positive results.
Ireland's playing resources were further depleted by concerns over the concussion Andy McBrine suffered in the first ODI, and a foot injury sustained by Mark Adair.
The teams were due to play a T20I fixture following the ODI series but that has been scrapped "to allow for this revised schedule and to avoid impact on the West Indies team's travel plans and subsequent fixtures", said a joint statement from the two boards. West Indies are due to play England in a five-match T20I series in Barbados, starting on January 22.
Ireland's tour of the USA and the Caribbean has been severely disrupted by Covid-19 infections. The ODI series against USA was cancelled after a number of positive tests among support staff and family members, before Paul Stirling and Shane Getkate were forced to isolate in Florida while the rest of the team travelled on to Jamaica.
Both players have now rejoined the squad after testing negative, with Stirling named as stand-in captain in Balbirne's absence.