Ireland’s second ODI against West Indies postponed due to Covid-19 and injuries

Irish squad severely depleted after two more players test positive

Tuesday’s second One-Day International between the West Indies and Ireland has been postponed after two further Covid-19 positive cases were reported in the Irish squad.

Skipper Andrew Balbirnie and wicketkeeper batter Lorcan Tucker, along with interim head coach David Ripley, have joined Simi Singh and Ben White in isolation after returning positive tests.

With Andy McBrine having suffered a mild concussion when hit on the helmet in the opening defeat to the West Indies and bowler Mark Adair nursing a foot injury, Ireland's squad has been severely depleted.

The two sides were scheduled to meet in a third ODI on Friday, with the tour ending with a one-off T20 international in Kingston on Sunday.

A joint statement released by Cricket Ireland and Cricket West Indies said both governing bodies were “in discussions to review the match schedule and are working to explore all possibilities for the series to be completed”.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said: “The circumstances are obviously far from ideal, but our players, coaches and support staff have acted in an exemplary manner throughout a tough few days.

“We are very thankful for the support and co-operation of Cricket West Indies during our stay so far. Not only are they hosting this series, but have an Under-19s World Cup starting this week and further internationals ahead this month. However, they have continued to look after our squad and we appreciate their work.

“We are very aware of the ongoing strains and stresses that playing and travelling during the pandemic have had on our players and staff. Outside of these artificial environments it is often easy to underestimate the impact it has on the mental health of those involved – particularly given that players and staff have endured them for over 18 months now.

“But credit to the squad, as they deal with the challenges. Likewise, our administration staff who are working tirelessly to support the squad. Their work is mostly unseen to the public, but vital in keeping cricket going and supporting the squads.

“Over the next 24 hours we will work with the players, coaches, medical teams and Cricket West Indies to explore all possibilities to complete the series safely.”