Ireland Team
Ireland Team (Image Credit: Twitter)

Cricket Ireland has confirmed that Ireland’s Men team will go up against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of their preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cup. They will also play against Scotland in a warm-up game during the lead-up to the ICC event.

The full fixtures for a period of 9 days were released by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday morning. The schedule is part of the ‘DafaNews Summer T20 Blast’ – a series that comprises matches involving UAE, Ireland, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, and Namibia.

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The broadcast details for the same are yet to be released by the ECB. The multi-nation ICC tournament is scheduled to begin on October 17 with the qualifiers taking place in Oman. The main event – the Super-12 stage – will start on October 23 in UAE.

Ireland squad will depart for the middle-east country tomorrow. They will undergo a mandatory quarantine period of 6 days in a hotel assigned to them. Once they complete the isolation period, they will be allowed to start training.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021
ICC T20 World Cup 2021 (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Irish board announced a preliminary 18-man squad for the T20 World Cup. The size will be reduced to 15 for the big event while the remaining three players will join the squad as reserves. Andrew Balbirnie will lead the side with experienced campaigner, Kevin O’Brien, likely to help him out in the matches.

Ireland squad for T20 World Cup 2021

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.

Kevin O'Brien And Paul Stirling
Andrew Balbirnie And Paul Stirling (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pre-T20 World Cup preparation period

5 October 2021: vs Scotland – warm-up match (ICC Academy Oval 2; starts at 9 am local time)
7 October 2021: vs UAE – 1st T20I (ICC Academy Oval 1; starts at 9 am local time)
8 October 2021: vs UAE – 2nd T20I (ICC Academy Oval 1; starts at 9 am local time)
10 October 2021: vs UAE – 3rd T20I (ICC Academy Oval 1; starts at 9 am local time)

Official T20 World Cup warm-up matches

12 October 2021: vs Papua New Guinea – warm-up T20I (Abu Dhabi; starts at 2 pm local time)
14 October 2021: vs Bangladesh – warm-up T20I (Abu Dhabi; starts at 6 pm local time)

T20 World Cup – Round 1 qualifiers

18 October: vs Netherlands (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; starts at 10 am GMT)
20 October: vs Sri Lanka (Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi; starts at 2 pm GMT)
22 October: vs Namibia (Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah; starts at 10 am GMT)

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