Alishan Sharafu third UAE player to test positive for Covid-19

Batsman, who made his debut in Friday's first ODI against Ireland, is in isolation and awaiting transfer to a medical facility

SHARJAH, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. 31 DECEMBER 2019. The UAE U19 cricket team training at the ICC Academy in Sports City ahead of their trip to the World Cup in South Africa. Player Alishan Sharafu in the green vest. (Photo: Antonie Robertson/The National) Journalist: Paul Radley. Section: National.
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The UAE's Alishan Sharafu has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing the second ODI against Ireland to be pushed back a week, the Emirates Cricket Board confirmed.

Sharafu is the third player to test positive after Chirag Suri and Aryan Lakra ahead of Friday's first ODI in Abu Dhabi.

The 17-year-old made his debut in the national team's six-wicket win against the Irish, scoring 1 run.

The positive result was collected during the latest round of testing on all players and staff in the UAE team bubble on Friday. The ECB said Sharafu is in isolation awaiting transfer by the health authorities to a medical isolation facility.

Subhan Ahmed, Emirates Cricket Board adviser, said: “As part of our Covid-19 safety protocols for this series, all players were required to undergo and provide a negative Covid-19 test prior to entering the Bio-Bubble in Abu Dhabi.

"The tests that were carried out on December 29 were all negative. Players were then isolated in their separate rooms [in the team hotel] for three days. On January 7, Chirag Suri tested positive, followed by Aryan Lakra on January 8.

"Both Chirag and Aryan were isolated in their hotel rooms immediately after testing positive. As all remaining tests were negative, and after the tracing app data was reviewed, no further close contacts were traced.

"In accordance with the authorities’ directives, the isolated players remained in their rooms until the health authorities co-ordinated their move to an official isolation centre, where they remain.

"In the early hours of January 9, and following a seventh test carried out on January 8 on all players and staff in the UAE team bubble, Alishan Sharafu’s test also came back positive."

Emirates Cricket Management, in consultation with Abu Dhabi Cricket and Cricket Ireland, have agreed that the second ODI set to take place on Monday at Zayed Cricket Stadium will now be played next Saturday.

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