Left-arm fast bowler Josh Little has withdrawn from current Ireland squad. The news has been confirmed by Cricket Ireland. The men in green are currently hosting Indian in a T20I series. The selectors have decided not to name a replacement and instead, they plan to bring in David Delany.

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India won the first T20I against the Irish boys by 75 runs. Rohit Sharma, who made his debut the last time India faced the green army, scored 97. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan found his touch and scored a 45-ball 74. For the hosts, Peter Chase bagged four wickets. The visitors posted a total of 208/5. James Shannon scored his maiden fifty but it hardly mattered as the side went down for 132/9 in 20 overs.

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Ireland look to improve

Ireland will take a lot of confidence from this particular game. The 17th ranked side, which also earned their Test status alongside Afghanistan have already put across few upsets. They beat Pakistan in the eventful 2007 World Cup before thumping England, four years later.

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Ireland could make their way into next year ODI World Cup. Credits: Getty Images.

Initiative to help youngsters

“The national selectors and coaching staff of the senior men’s team are implementing a new initiative to provide opportunities for young players to gain experience being involved in the dynamics of the senior squad as part of their development. We successfully trialed this on the recent trip to Sussex by bringing in Harry Tector, and this week we will use this circumstance to provide David a development opportunity.” Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland said.

“The expanding programme of fixtures over the next four years means we need to look at creative ways of increasing the talent pool of players ready to take that next step in their careers. These development opportunities provide invaluable experience and insights for or younger players, which is in the long-term interests of Irish cricket.” he added.