The Ireland women team will be travelling to Zimbabwe next month for a four-match One-Day International series, Cricket Ireland announced on Thursday. Selectors have announced a 15-member squad for the anticipated tour.
The tour will be the first ODI series for the Ireland women team since 2018. Furthermore, it will also be the first instance that Zimababwe women will play an official ODI series eversince they received the ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in April this year.
The tour will serve as a great opportunity for the Irish players to adapt to the local conditions of the country as it precedes the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Global Qualifier that will be held in Zimbabwe in November.
The Zimbabwe squad is coming off of a successful ICC T20 World Cup African Qualifier campaign, progressing through to the global qualifier in 2022. On the other hand, Ireland women team finished second in the European equivalent tournament.
Ireland Women’s Head Coach Ed Joyce said: “This tour will be an important part of our build-up to next month’s World Cup Qualifier, and will provide the squad with an excellent opportunity to experience playing conditions in Zimbabwe and at a key host venue as part of that Qualifier.”
“Our focus in recent months has been predominantly T20 cricket, so these fixtures are even more valuable to the players as a means of resetting their approach to take on the longer format of the game.”
Ireland women team vs Zimabawe women team Fixtures
October 5, 2021: Ireland v Scotland – warm-up match
October 7, 2021: Ireland v UAE – 1st T20I
October 8, 2021: Ireland v UAE – 2nd T20I
October 10, 2021: Ireland v UAE – 3rd T20I
Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.