Gatkate called up as Ireland name squad for Afghanistan T20Is
Ireland have named a 14-member squad for their upcoming tour of India, where they will play a three-match T20I series against Afghanistan. Earlier Afghanistan had also announced their 15-man squad for the series with pacer Shapoor Zadran making a comeback after playing a T20I last in June 2018.
There is only one change from the T20I squad that traveled to the Caribbean in January and drew 1-1 with the world champions, with the change being Shane Getkate coming in for Mark Adair.
The reason behind Adair’s exclusion from the squad is mainly fitness, while he is also nursing an ongoing injury in his ankle. He will spend next few weeks on his fitness and conditioning, as well as the recovery process will also be going on in full force.
“While it is unfortunate Mark Adair will not be travelling, this opens up an opportunity for Shane Getkate, who missed out on the Caribbean tour,” said Andrew White, the Chair of National Men’s Selectors.
All three T20Is will take place in Afghanistan’s home ground Greater Noida, as the series opener is scheduled for March 6. The next two games will be played on March 8 and 10 respectively.
With the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia approaching in October, Ireland selectors will closely follow the series and test the players in various conditions before praparing Ireland’s World Cup squad.
Ireland squad: Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.