Ireland Squad for Zimbabwe Tour Announced, Paul Stirling To Captain White Ball Squads

Updated - 27 Nov 2023, 03:21 PM

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Ireland has announced two men’s squads for an upcoming white-ball tour to Zimbabwe in December, marking opener Paul Stirling‘s first series as the permanent white-ball captain. Paul Stirling has previously served as national team captain on an interim basis.

Ireland will play three T20Is and three one-day internationals during their upcoming tour. This tour marks the second bilateral series between the two nations within the same year. Ireland lost the T20I series 2-1 and the ODI series ended in a 1-1 draw last January.

The white-ball series will commence with a T20I series starting on December 7 at the Harare Sports Club. The T20 series was followed by a series of three ODIs scheduled for December 13, 15, and 17. All six limited-overs games will be played at the same venue in Harare.

This Tour Is Core To Our Preparations For T20 World Cup – Andrew White

Ireland men’s national selector Andrew White emphasized the significance of the upcoming tour, as it marks the beginning of a new phase under a new leadership setup. White stated that the tour serves as an essential part of their preparations for the T20 World Cup 2024.

“This tour marks the start of a new cycle under a new leadership set-up, and we’re looking forward to seeing how this playing group evolves as it builds towards the next 50-over World Cup,” Andrew White said.

“However, before we get to that stage there will be two T20 World Cups to plan and prepare for, and this tour is core to our preparations for the T20 World Cup next June.”

“We showed the world what we were capable of at the last T20 World Cup, but with the talent and potential within this playing group, there is a belief we can push on and achieve even more.”

Paul Stirling To Lead Team In Both White Ball Formats

The Irish cricket team is scheduled to partake in a five-day training camp in Spain from November 19-23, before proceeding to Zimbabwe for the series. This pre-tour training camp in Spain is a vital part of the team’s preparation.

T20I squad: Paul Stirling (C), Mark Adair, Ross Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Graham Hume, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young.

ODI squad: Paul Stirling (C), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Graham Hume, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Theo van Woerkom, Craig Young.

Also read: Paul Stirling Named Permanent White-ball Captain Of Team Ireland

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