Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ireland to play T20I series against UAE ahead of World Cup. Andrew Balbirnie is Ireland's designated captain at the T20 WC.
Andrew Balbirnie is Ireland's designated captain at the T20 WC.
Ireland will play a warm-up fixture against Scotland and a three-match Twenty20 International series against UAE leading up to the T20 WC, it was announced on Thursday (September 23).
“The fixtures were officially announced by the Emirates Cricket Board this morning as part of the ‘DafaNews Summer T20 Blast' – a series of fixtures between 5-10 October involving UAE, Ireland, Scotland, Namibia and Papua New Guinea. Emirates Cricket Board will confirm broadcast details of the series shortly,” a media release read.
The fixtures will be part of their preparation camp beginning on October 5 ahead of the global tournament. Ireland will leave for the UAE tomorrow, and will undergo a mandatory six-day quarantine in their hotel before being able to train. Post the three T20Is against UAE, Ireland will play Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh in the official T20 WC warm-up matches before starting the qualifying leg of the tournament where they are grouped alongside Namibia, Netherlands and Sri Lanka.
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
The preliminary 18-player squad that was recently announced will travel to the UAE. Although it will be reduced to 15 for the T20 WC, the three others will stay in the UAE as reserves.
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.