Afghanistan set to face Ireland in full series next year
Test Cricket’s newest addition Afghanistan and Ireland are set to battle against each other in a full series for the first time. They will play one Test, three T20Is and five ODIs in India next year.
The series is likely to start on February-March and the venue will be the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. After getting the Test status, both teams have played one Test so far.
Afghanistan played against India while Ireland faced Pakistan in their maiden Test. Ireland put up a good show against Pakistan in their maiden Test, but for Afghanistan, it was an embarrassing start to their Test career as the match lasted for only two days and Afghanistan were all-out twice in a day.
Meanwhile, Ireland batsman Andrew Balbirnie believes the series against Afghanistan is a major step forward for Ireland Cricket.
“The Afghanistan series is a major step forward for Irish cricket as the tour is our first major tour as a Full Member. It will no doubt be a test for the entire squad – taking on Afghanistan in subcontinent conditions will require a level of adjustment by both our batting and bowling units,” he said.
It has been a hard year to digest for Ireland cricket as Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien and John Anderson announced retirement. And Balbirne feels the whole squad needs to step up if they want to do something special in the upcoming series.
“With the retirements this year of Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien and John Anderson, we know that this is a year that will require the entire squad to step up, and it will also present some of the younger guys with opportunities to stake their claim for national selection,” Balbirne concluded.