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The opening One-day International between Ireland and the USA has been cancelled due to a positive COVID case in the umpiring team for the matches.
A statement issued by USA Cricket said that it will work closely with Cricket Ireland and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ensure no more matches are lost.
“USA Cricket and Cricket Ireland will continue to work closely together, alongside the ICC, to ensure the remainder of the series can continue, if safe to do so. The first One-Day International in the USA v Ireland Men’s International Series scheduled for Boxing Day has unfortunately been cancelled this evening due to a positive COVID case in the umpiring team of Match Officials during the ongoing testing as part of the series’ COVID managed environment," said the statement.
“This has left all four of the umpires unavailable for the first ODI with the three negative tested umpires being deemed as close contacts to the one positive case," the statement added.
The 2nd and 3rd ODIs is scheduled for the 28th and 30th of December.