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Ireland names 16-member squad for UAE and Afghanistan series

Ireland names 16-member squad for UAE and Afghanistan series

Cricket Ireland has named a 16-man squad for the upcoming men’s one-day international series’ in January against the UAE and Afghanistan. Andrew Balbirnie will lead a 16-man squad to Abu Dhabi in January. The matches against Afghanistan will be part of the World Cup Super League.

Gary Wilson will not join the squad for this tour in order to be at home for the birth of his second child, with Neil Rock coming in as wicket-keeping cover. Ordinarily, Wilson would likely have been able to re-join the squad after the birth, however, this is not possible under the COVID-19 protocols in place for the series without an extended period of self-isolation, so it was agreed that this would rule him out on this occasion. This tour will also be the first since Stuart Barnes, the new Assistant Head Coach and National Bowling Lead, joined the support staff.

Tour fixtures as follows:

Date: January 18, 2021
Match: Afghanistan vs Ireland, 1st ODI
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 11:30 AM IST, 06:00 AM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL

Date: January 21, 2021
Match: Afghanistan vs Ireland, 2nd ODI
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 11:30 AM IST, 06:00 AM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL

Date: January 23, 2021
Match: Afghanistan vs Ireland, 3rd ODI
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Time: 11:30 AM IST, 06:00 AM GMT, 10:00 AM LOCAL

Ireland ODI Squad: 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

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.

The WCSL features thirteen teams, the twelve Full members of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and the Netherlands (who won the 2015–17 ICC World Cricket League Championship to qualify for this competition). Each team will play an ODI series against eight of the twelve opponents, four series at home and four away. Each series will consist of three ODIs. For the World Cup, the hosts (India in 2023), and the top seven-ranked sides thereafter, will qualify automatically. The remaining five teams will play in a qualifying event along with five Associate sides, from which two sides will go through to the final tournament.

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