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Chirag Suri, the UAE vice-captain, is one of the two players to have tested positive for coronavirus. Image Credit: Gulf News archives

Abu Dhabi: The UAE camp received a body blow ahead of their four-match one-day series against Ireland when two of their players - vice-captain Chirag Suri and Aryan Lakra tested positive for coronavirus, the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) informed on Friday.

“Emirates Cricket Board confirm that Chirag Suri, UAE Vice Captain, and Aryan Lakra have returned Positive Covid19 tests. Both players are currently in isolation, are being monitored and are in good health,” the statement read.

“All areas were immediately and thoroughly sanitised as per existing protocols with no further positive tests returned,” it added.

The cricket board further informed that the four-match ODI series against Ireland, beginning Friday at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, will be played as planned. The next three ODIs will be played on January 10, 12 and 14.

This is UAE’s first international cricket series against an ICC full member team.

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat in the first ODI.

Playing XIs: Ireland: Paul Stirling, Gareth Delany, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Kevin O Brien, Lorcan Tucker(w), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young.

UAE: Rohan Mustafa, Ahmed Raza (c), Muhammad Usman, Vriitya Aravind(w), Chundangapoyil Rizwan, Waheed Ahmed, Zahoor Khan, Zawar Farid, Palaniapan Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Kashif Daud.