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On Tuesday, December 13, Cricket Ireland announced the squads for the forthcoming six-match limited-overs series against the Zimbabwe National Cricket Team.

The Ireland tour of Zimbabwe 2023 will consist of six white-ball games – 3 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 3 T20 Internationals (T20Is). The T20Is are scheduled to take place on January 12, 14, and 15 while the ODIs are set to be played on January 18, 20, and 23.

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All six matches of the Ireland tour of Zimbabwe 2023 will be played at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. Also, the three-match ODI series between the Irish team and the Chevrons will not be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.

Ireland National Cricket Team will have a busy 2023 as they are set for four tours, several home series and World Cup qualifying campaigns.

In an official media release, Ireland National Cricket Team selector Andrew White said that they have decided to allow Paul Stirling and Josh Little to miss the international fixtures to participate in the ILT20 and SA20 respectively.

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“2023 will be the year when we return to playing all three formats. However, with a T20 World Cup Qualifier in July and a possible 50-over Cricket World Cup in October – if we can qualify – the importance of this white-ball series is obvious. The volume of cricket next year demands that we will need a broader pool of ‘international-ready’ players to meet the challenges ahead, and the Zimbabwe tour will be the start of that process.

“While the squads selected reflect the new dynamism and positive philosophy that Heinrich and his staff have been instilling in our white-ball squads, we have taken advantage of the decision to allow a couple of our players the opportunity to participate in franchise tournaments. Paul Stirling will feature in the one-day series against Zimbabwe but has been granted approval to miss the T20I series and play in the new International League T20, while Josh Little has been granted approval to miss the T20I series to play in the SA20.”

Ireland Versus Zimbabwe Is Always A Competitive Tussle – Ireland National Selector Andrew White

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White further said that the absence of Paul Stirling and Josh Little from the T20I squad has created space for the return of Ben White and Neil Rock. He added that the matches between Ireland and Zimbabwe have always been highly competitive.

“This flexibility in selection will allow us to provide a number of fringe players a chance – most notably, Stephen Doheny, who is in line to make his international debut after serving a lengthy apprenticeship, while we welcome back Tyrone Kane to the senior set-up. Tyrone has changed the dynamic of what he can bring to the table in recent seasons, and with the selection policy seeking to choose players that fit the playing philosophy, his mid to late overs batting clearly fits the bill. Coincidentally, Tyrone’s last match for Ireland was against Zimbabwe, and we wish him well for his return to the national side.

“With Paul and Josh missing the T20I series, this has created space for the return of Ben White and Neil Rock. Ben has benefited from spending time with Spin Bowling Coach Nathan Hauritz in the nets and is continuing to develop his leg spin, and Neil will come into the squad in largely a batting capacity.

“Ireland versus Zimbabwe is always a competitive tussle, and with both sides coming off the back of good performances at the recent T20 World Cup, we expect no difference in this series.”

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Ireland Squads For Zimbabwe Tour:

T20I Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Tyrone Kane, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White.

ODI Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), 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.

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