The second match of Ireland's ODI series against UAE has been rescheduled after a third positive Covid-19 test was returned by the home side. 

The match had been set for Sunday but the news came through today that Alishan Sharafu had become the third UAE squad member to test positive, following Chirag Suri and Aryan Lakra.

The match has now been put back by six days until Saturday. It is envisioned that this rescheduled match will conclude the four-match series, with the ODI's scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday still due to go ahead as planned. 

Richard Holdsworth, high performance director for Cricket Ireland, said: "The Emirates Cricket Board has advised us of a further positive Covid test amongst its playing squad.

"We have both agreed the safest course of action is to postpone the second ODI scheduled for tomorrow. We hope to play this match on the 16 January, all going well.

"All Irish players have tested negative. We appreciate the speed and transparency of Emirates Cricket to ensure that the health and safety of players, support staff and workers at the ground comes first."

Ireland trail the series 1-0 after their six-wicket loss in the opening match on Friday, with Paul Stirling's impressive 131 the only bright spot on a disappointing afternoon. 

The Irish side are due to commence a three-match series with Afghanistan on 21 January, which will form part of the World Cup Super League.