IRE vs ZIM: Former rugby star Ross Adair is all set to play professionally in cricket as he earned his maiden call-up to the Ireland squad for the Zimbabwe tour in January.
Brother to Mark Adair, Ross currently plays for the Northern Knights as he made his List A debut in 2021. Ross will be part of the Ireland squad that will play three T20I matches in Harare from January 12 to January 15 against Zimbabwe. He has been named as a replacement for Lorcan Tucker who was granted NOC (No Objection Certificate) to miss all the T20I games against Zimbabwe and participate in the ILT20.
Ross played for Ulster before switching his career from rugby to cricket. He shone with a top score of 111 at an impressive career strike rate of 178 for the Northern Knights in 15 T20 games. The Adair brothers would be the first brother duo to play for Ireland in a T20 international if Ross gets picked up.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the call-up, but I’m not sure it’s really sunk in yet if I’m honest. It’s a huge honour for me and now I just can’t wait to get away on tour,” Ross said.
On Ross’s call-up, Andrew White, National Selector, said: “Given the extremely busy year ahead, we have taken advantage of this circumstance to bring in Ross Adair for his first international call-up. Ross may be relatively new to representative cricket at this level but is very familiar with operating in a high-performance set-up given his previous professional career in rugby. Since turning his focus to cricket, Ross has not only demonstrated a hard-working and dedicated approach to his game but has successfully adopted a dynamic and positive style of play in T20 cricket that reflects the philosophy that Heinrich and his staff have been instilling in our white-ball squads.”
With the faith White showed in Adair, it will be interesting to see Adair rank up in his cricketing career.
Ireland Tour of Zimbabwe squad:
T20 squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Ross Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Tyrone Kane, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Ben White
ODI squad: Andy Balbirnie (capt), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker