Ireland vs Zimbabwe: Cricket Ireland on Friday named the ODI and T20I squads of Ireland for the upcoming white-ball series against Zimbabwe, which is set to commence on 27 August in Dublin. The T20I squad comprise 16 players, while the ODI squad comprises 15 players. Additionally, the board has also named the squad for the Ireland Wolves match against Zimbabwe XI that will take place amid the ODI and the T20I series.
It would be the last home T20I series of Ireland before the ICC T20 World Cup kicks out in October. The ODI series, on the other hand, forms the part of the ICC World Cup Super League – part of the qualification pathway to the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Except for uncapped Stephen Doheny, all other players involved in South Africa serieshave been retained into the squad. All-rounder Curtis Campher has been handed his maiden call-up in the T20I format, having recovered from an ankle injury. While the ODI squad sees the return of senior player William Porterfield after sustaining a finger injury in the South Africa series.
Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said regarding the T20I squad: “For the T20I series, we have selected a squad of 16 for the five-match T20I series, of which it will be narrowed down to 15 each match day. Given the T20 World Cup starting in two months we want to provide as much playing time for the players in this format as possible.”
“While we have kept faith with the squad that played in the recent South Africa series, we have additionally brought Curtis Campher in for his first call-up for Ireland in the T20 format. Curtis is back bowling following his injury and will add a dynamic batting and bowling presence to the squad. His inclusion will provide Graham Ford and Andrew Balbirnie with increased flexibility as they look to finalise their plans ahead of the World Cup.”
Regarding the ODI squad, White said: “As we are all aware, there are no longer any meaningless ODIs when it comes to the World Cup Super League, and we have selected a squad that recognises the good performances put in during the recent South Africa series. Again, we welcome the news that Curtis [Campher] is back bowling, having come through last week’s training camp in Somerset with no concerns.”
“William Porterfield likewise has overcome his finger injury sustained during the South Africa series, and the uncapped Graham Kennedy continued to impress coaches in Somerset last week, and retains his place in the squad with his all-round ability.”
Ireland vs Zimbabwe Fixtures
• 27 August: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 1st T20I, Clontarf
• 29 August: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 2nd T20I, Clontarf
• 1 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 3rd T20I, Bready
• 2 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 4th T20I, Bready
• 4 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 5th T20I, Bready
• 6 September: Ireland Wolves v Zimbabwe XI – ODM, Belmont
World Cup Super League series:
• 8 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 1st ODI, Stormont
• 10 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 2nd ODI, Stormont
• 13 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 3rd ODI, Stormont
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