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Ireland cricket tour preparations halted by COVID-19 case


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The senior men’s and women’s cricket squads have been forced to call a halt to their respective training sessions.

A member of the women’s squad has tested positive for COVID-19. 

One member of the men’s squad has also been sent for immediate testing. 

If that test returns negative, the Dublin-based men’s players can resume training for the upcoming tour of the UAE.

Ireland's men are scheduled to play one-day series' against both the UAE and Afghanistan in January.

Mark Rausa, Head of Sport Science, Physiotherapy and Medical Services for Cricket Ireland explained, "We were alerted to a positive COVID-19 test result in the women’s performance squad yesterday and implemented requirements under our COVID-19 protocols, which included calling an immediate halt to all Strength & Conditioning and cricket skills sessions for both the men’s and women’s Dublin-based training groups pending the results of further testing.

 We have consequently referred a member of the men’s senior squad for COVID-19 testing as soon as possible, but if this test result returns negative then we believe that the Dublin-based men’s players can resume training in preparation for our upcoming tour to the UAE.

Our Northern Ireland-based players are free to continue training.

The COVID-19 protocols we have in place for indoor training are extremely rigorous, however, we are practising a safety-first and player health approach to our operations, and will update the players as information becomes available about testing outcomes and the hopeful resumption of training as soon as safely practicable.

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