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Stirling, Getkate to join Ireland squad in Jamaica after testing negative for Covid-19

McBrine will have follow-up assessments for a suspect "mild concussive episode"

Paul Stirling goes on the attack, Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I, Bready, September 1, 2021

Paul Stirling earlier had to self-isolate at a Florida hotel after testing positive for Covid-19  •  Getty Images/Sportsfile

Ireland allrounders Paul Stirling and Shane Getkate are set to travel to Jamaica and link up with the rest of the squad after returning negative Covid-19 tests. The duo had to stay back in Florida and self-isolate at a hotel after having tested positive for the virus, days after the cancellation of their ODI series against USA.
Simi Singh and Ben White, who had missed the first ODI against West Indies on Saturday after testing positive via a routine antigen test, are still awaiting the results of their RT-PCR tests after a service delay. According to a Cricket Ireland release, both players could miss the entire series.
Meanwhile Andy McBrine, who had to retire hurt after being struck on the helmet while batting on 34 in the first ODI, will have follow-up assessments over the next 48 hours for a "mild concussive episode". The release said that his symptoms were "very minor" and that he would be in line for selection for the second ODI if he passes his assessment on Monday.
A string of Ireland players had tested positive before the T20Is against USA last month, following which the ODI series was cancelled. Andy Balbirnie and McBrine also had to then isolate as they were deemed close contacts of Stirling and Getkate and were allowed to join the squad in Jamaica after returning negative tests.
The last two ODIs are scheduled to be played on January 11 and 14, with a solitary T20I to follow on January 16.