Ireland tour of UAE 2021: Full squads, Fixtures & Preview: All you need to know
Ireland will be back in action, after their tour of England in July-August 2020, with a 4-match ODI series against UAE.
In the lead up to a 3-match ODI series between Ireland and Afghanistan, Ireland will face UAE in a 4-match ODI series which will be played entirely at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The 1st ODI will be played on 8 Jan 2021. The remaining matches will be played on alternate days with the series coming to an end with the 4th and the final ODI on 14 Jan 2021.
Ireland last played an ODI on their tour of England in July-August 2020. The team lost the first two games but bounced back in the last one to finish the series at 1-2.
UAE last played an ODI against Namibia as part of the ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 at the Al Amerat Cricket Ground Ministry Turf 1 and won by 8 wickets. The quality of the opposition though will be a big upgrade for the home side.
The UAE players got to practice with the IPL franchises when the tournament was held in the country between Sep 19 and Nov 10. Ahmed Raza has been named the team's captain.
Andrew Balbirnie will lead the Ireland side. Even before the series began, Ireland have suffered a setback with quick David Delany returning home after a knee injury. Josh Little, who was initially named in the 16-man squad, but had to be removed due to Covid-19 related issues, will fly to the UAE as Delany's replacement.
Here are the team squads:
UAE - Ahmed Raza (c), Waheed Ahmad, Vriitya Aravind, Chirag Suri, Rohan Mustafa, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Boota, Kashif Daud, Zawar Farid, Basil Hameed, Zahoor Khan, Aryan Lakra, Karthik Meiyappan, CP Rizwaan, Alishan Sharafu, Adithya Shetty, Junaid Siddique
Ireland - Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, 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
Let's have a look at the schedule of the series:
- UAE v Ireland – 1st ODI – 8 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
- UAE v Ireland – 2nd ODI – 10 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
- UAE v Ireland – 3rd ODI – 12 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
- UAE v Ireland – 4th ODI – 14 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30am local time / 5.30am Irish time)
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