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Ireland announces squad for South Africa and Afghanistan T20I Series

Ireland will play the T20I series against South Africa in England whereas against Afghanistan at home.

Cricket Ireland has announced a 14-player squad for the T20I series against South Africa and Afghanistan.

Ireland will play 2 T20Is against South Africa in England. Whereas 5-match T20I series at home against Afghanistan.

Ireland recently played the T20I series with India and New Zealand. Even though they lost the series Ireland gave a tough fight.

Ireland will play 2 T20Is against South Africa on 3rd and 5th August. Bristol will host the 2-match T20I series. Whereas Ireland will play 5-match T20 Series against Afghanistan at home starting from 9th August. Belfast will host the 5-match T20I series against Afghanistan.

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Ireland Men’s 14-member T20I Squad

Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

All Rounder Fionn Hand has replaced Conor Olphert in the T20I Squad.

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South Africa will play 3-match T20I series against England. 1st T20I will be played on 27th July Wednesday at Bristol. ODI series ended in a draw after 3rd ODI was abandoned. David Miller will be leading South Africa. Whereas Rilee Rossouw has made a return to the T20I side. Rossouw has scored runs consistently runs in the T20 Leagues.

Whereas talking about the Afghanistan side, they had a fantastic Zimbabwe Tour. Afghanistan completed a clean sweep in ODI as well as the T20I series too. The 5-match T20I series between Ireland and Afghanistan would be a treat to watch.

Andre White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors said, “We are now getting down to the final stages of our preparations as we build towards the Men’s T20 World Cup in October. The squad has faced two high-quality opponents in recent weeks, in India and New Zealand, and have stern tests ahead against South Africa and Afghanistan.”

We believe, while the results have not gone our way, the brand of cricket that [head coach] Heinrich Malan is instilling in the squad is showing positive signs and the players are beginning to equip themselves well as they build towards the World Cup in Australia. We have, however, sought to give ourselves a level of selection flexibility later in the Afghan series, and will announce a squad for the final two T20Is of that series in due course.”

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T20 World Cup Preparations

It is expected that a provisional ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad will be announced in late August, with the final squad confirmed in early September. The squad will undertake a series of match-scenario and skills-based training camps in September behind closed doors as they complete their preparations for the tournament.

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