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Ireland announce squad for Afghanistan ODIs

Ireland have announced their squad for the two-match ODI series against Afghanistan, which starts on May 19.


After a disastrous tournament for the hosts Ireland in the tri-nation series, the team is set to take on Afghanistan for a tw-match ODI series. William Porterfield’s men have made only one change from their tri-Series squad as Tyrone Kane, the 24-year old pacer from Dublin, replaces injured Josh Little.

Josh Little has been impressive against England in the only ODI where he took a four-fer and he has been rested as a precautionary measure to get him ready for the home series against Zimbabwe in July.

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Ireland’s Chair of National Men’s selectors, Andrew White said about the squad

“During the tri-Series Josh reported some minor back pain related to bowling. A precautionary scan showed a small area of bone stress in an area commonly seen in fast bowlers.”

“We take these findings very seriously given the potential for such stress responses to develop into a more serious stress fracture that could put Josh out of action for up to three months if he were to continue bowling. We want to rest Josh from bowling for around four weeks and begin rehab immediately in preparation for the Zimbabwe series at the beginning of July,” he added.

SQUAD: William Porterfield (captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson.

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