Ireland and hosts USA have agreed to postpone the one-day international series after members of the touring staffs tested positive for Covid-19.
The two boards announced the news of postponement on Tuesday. Earlier the two teams played a bilateral T20 series which ended 1-1. The ODI series in Florida was interrupted as players from the USA squad and the umpires tested positive.
“While all players in both current playing squads have returned negative COVID results overnight, two members of the Irish support staff have tested positive, as well as several partners of players, resulting in two of the Irish players being deemed as `close contacts`,” the two boards released a statement.
“As such the risks and concerns about further spread have meant that both Boards have regrettably agreed to cancel the remaining two scheduled matches.”
Ireland are scheduled to tour the Caribbean Nation to play three ODIs and one T20I match against West Indies in January. The team will fly to Kingston and Jamaica on December 31. But two members of the support staff who tested positive will remain in Isolation in Florida.
“From a broader perspective, consideration had to be given to the current series as well as the second leg of our tour,” Cricket Ireland`s director Richard Holdsworth said.
“We need to be mindful of travel requirements for entering Jamaica and meeting Cricket West Indies COVID protocols.”
The USA players will return to their home as soon as possible.