Afghanistan vs Ireland 2021: Full squads, Fixtures & Preview: All you need to know
After the 4-match series between UAE and Ireland had to be reduced to 2 ODIs due to COVID-19 issues, the 3 ODIs between Ireland and Afghanistan are set to go ahead as planned.
Four members of the UAE squad tested positive for COVID-19 in two weeks which meant that the ODI series between Ireland and UAE, which was meant to comprise 4 matches, had to be cut short to 2.
However, given that the last match of the series was played successfully at Abu Dhabi on January 18, the schedule of 3-match series between Afghanistan and Ireland has been given the go ahead as well
The Afghanistan squad has already reached the UAE and recently played a 13-player side warm up fixture against Ireland. The Afghanistan side will be led by Asghar Afghan.
The Afghanistan squad includes star players like Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi who were plying their trade for Adelaide Strikers, Brisbane Heat and Melbourne Renegades in the BBL respectively but had to fly out to the UAE to undergo a mandatory quarantine before they got ready to represent Afghanistan.
Ireland also have talented players like Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien and Andrew Balbirnie. The team would want to put an end to their disappointing performances against Afghanistan of late.
The first ODI of the series will be played on January 21 while the remaining two matches will follow on January 24 and January 26. All the three matches will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
What lends importance to these games is that they are part of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League 2020-23 and will play a part for the qualification of both teams for the 2023 ODI World Cup.
Here's a look at the squads:
Afghanistan - Asghar Afghan (c), Rahmat Shah, Nawin-Ul-Haq, Hashmat Shahidi, Yamin Ahmadzai, Osman Ghani, Azmatullah Omarzai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Najib Zadran, Jawed Ahmadi, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbuddin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sharafuddin Ashraf
Ireland - Paul Stirling, Kevin O Brien, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Simi Singh, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Craig Young, Mark Adair, Shane Getkate, Joshua Little, Neil Rock, David Delany, James McCollum
Here's the schedule of the series:
1st ODI: Thursday, 21 January 2021, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
2nd ODI: Sunday, 24 January 2021, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
3rd ODI: Tuesday, 26 January 2021, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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