Afghanistan-Ireland series rescheduled due to delayed arrival of Afghanistan team
Cricket Ireland has agreed with a request from the Afghanistan Cricket Board to move the fixture dates for the upcoming World Cup Super League series in the UAE. The series is rescheduled due to delayed arrival time of the Afghan side, combined with their quarantine requirements meant that the previous schedule could not be achieved.
The new dates for the three fixtures are:
- 1st ODI: Thursday, 21 January 2021
- 2nd ODI: Sunday, 24 January 2021
- 3rd ODI: Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland. said: We were pleased to accommodate the Afghanistan Cricket Board’s request for a slight extension of the tour understanding that the delayed arrival time of the Afghan side, combined with their quarantine requirements meant that the previous schedule could not be achieved. We are pleased that after discussions over recent days, an agreement was reached on keeping the series in Abu Dhabi after the Afghanistan squad’s visas came through. We are thankful to the Emirates Cricket Board and Abu Dhabi Sports Council in working with us to ensure the series will be played in a safe and healthy environment. We look forward to a great series with World Cup Super League points on the line. But first, we are focused on the four-match series against the UAE which will be a tough challenge in their home conditions.
Afghanistan v Ireland series will be played as part of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League (2020-2023) are essentially World Cup Qualifier matches, as the League will serve as part of the 2023 Cricket World Cup Qualification process.
Afghanistan ODI Squad: Asghar Afghan (c), Rahmat Shah, Nawin-Ul-Haq, Hashmat Shahidi, Yamin Ahmadzai, Osman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Jawed Ahmadi, Rahmanullah Gurboz (wk), Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Najib Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbuddin Naib, Mujib Rahman and Sharafuddin Ashraf
Ireland already announced team for the series against Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE): Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, David Delany, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young