COVID-plagued Ireland opt to field


WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: COVID-plagued Ireland opt to field- The last few weeks haven’t been ideal for Ireland. Their trip to the USA failed without playing a match due to the Covid-19 outbreak and now their star batter Paul Stirling, Simi Singh & Ben White have tested positive for the virus. Luckily, The rest of the Irish players and coaches all produced negative results. But against a full-strength West Indies side, it will be a difficult task when they play the 1st ODI at Sabina Park on Saturday. Follow West Indies vs Ireland LIVE Updates on InsideSport.IN.

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WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: 3 players test positive as COVID-plagued Ireland opt to field, West Indies to bat first- Follow Live Updates

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West Indies Innings 55/1 (15 ov)

Shai Hope (WK) Not out 26 36 3 72.22
Justin Greaves c Gareth Delany b MR Adair 7 24 1 29.17
Nicholas Pooran Not out 12 30 2 40.00
Extra 10 (b 0, w 6, nb 0, lb 4)
Total 55/1 (15)
Yet To Bat Shamarh BrooksJason HolderKieron PollardRoston ChaseRomario ShepherdAJ HoseinAlzarri JosephOdean Smith

Ireland (Playing XI): William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie(c), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Lorcan Tucker(w), Andy McBrine, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Mark Adair, Craig Young, Joshua Little

West Indies (Playing XI): Shai Hope, Justin Greaves, Nicholas Pooran(w), Shamarh Brooks, Kieron Pollard(c), Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Akeal Hosein

7:45 PM IST: COVID-plagued Ireland opt to field, West Indies to bat first

7:40 PM IST: “Simi Singh and Ben White are out of today’s ODI after testing positive for COVID. The rest of the Irish players and coaches all produced negative results – both last night and this morning – and the game will proceed as scheduled.” – tweeted by Cricket Ireland.

WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: Covid-plagued Ireland face West Indies without Paul Stirling in 1st ODI - Follow Live Updates

Ireland captain Andy Balbirnie expressed disappointment on batter Paul Stirling missing out from the first ODI against West Indies after testing positive for COVID-19. Stirling had tested positive for COVID-19 along with Shane Getkate on December 31. Stirling and Getkate are expected to return to the Ireland squad on Sunday.

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“It’s very strange [to be without Stirling]. I think I played a series against Scotland back in 2014 which was the last time I lined up in an ODI without him. It’s massively disappointing to lose him for the first game but at the same time it means someone has to step up now. We need to produce match-winners. Hopefully one of the young guys can have the experience of winning a game for Ireland, that’s why you play the game,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Balbirnie as saying.

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WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: The skipper also said that the morale of the team is pretty good in Jamaica but the stress of playing during the pandemic is mentally draining.

WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: Covid-plagued Ireland face West Indies without Paul Stirling in 1st ODI – Follow Live Updates

WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: Covid-plagued Ireland face West Indies without Paul Stirling in 1st ODI – Follow Live Updates

“The morale is pretty good, it’s better than Florida. It was very difficult, some of us had to leave our family members in Florida and come here for this series. I was one of them. But as soon as we got into training and international series mode, your focus comes back. You can’t dwell too much on what’s happened. If you do that you’re going to some pretty dark places. We’re lucky we get these opportunities to bounce back on a regular basis,” Andy Balbirnie said.

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The ODI series will be part of ICC ODI Super League with a chance to seal direct qualification for the 2023 World Cup. Ireland are currently fourth on the Points Table while West Indies are 8th. Having missed out on the direct entry to T20 World Cup main round, Kieron Pollard & Co will be eager to make it count in the ODIs.

WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: Covid-plagued Ireland face West Indies without Paul Stirling in 1st ODI – Follow Live Updates

“Playing with Covid is more challenging off the pitch than on the pitch because you’re worrying about tests, then told to stay in the room till the tests come back and you’re told it’s going to be delayed and you’re literally sitting on the edge of your seat in your room wondering if you have it. At the same time we’ve got a job to do once we cross the white line, no matter what’s going on,” Andy Balbirnie added.

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WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: The second ODI will be played on Tuesday followed by the third ODI on January 14. Both the teams will then lock horns for the T20I series from January 17.

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WI vs IRE 1st ODI LIVE: Covid-plagued Ireland face West Indies without Paul Stirling in 1st ODI – Follow Live Updates

West Indies ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (c), Shai Hope (vc), Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Jayden Seales, Nicholas Pooran, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Devon Thomas.

Ireland Men’s ODI squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling*, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.

WI vs IRE Schedule: 

January 8: 1st ODI – West Indies vs Ireland @ 8 PM IST

January 11: 2nd ODI – West Indies vs Ireland @ 8 PM IST

January 14: 3rd ODI – West Indies vs Ireland @ 8 PM IST

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