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Ireland to host Afghanistan for 5-game series

Ireland to host Afghanistan for 5-game series

Apr 12, 2016 - 16:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Ireland will host Afghanistaninfo-icon for a first time five-game ODI series at Stormont, with the games scheduled for July 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19 at the Belfast venue.

“We’re certainly getting close to the amount and variety of fixtures we need to continue our international development,” said Cricket Ireland Head Coach John Bracewell.

“The more games we play in varying conditions the more we learn and grow as a cricketing nation. I expect the five game series against Afghanistan will be tough and fiercely competitive.

He said it would be a new experience for the Irish players to be involved in a five game series but one which he was certain they would relish and thrive on.
Cricket Ireland Peformance Director Richard Holdsworth welcomed the contests and also revealed that a reciprocal series will be taking place in India early next year.

“We are really looking forward to hosting the Afghan team in what have become great contests between well-matched teams,” said Holdsworth. 

 “In addition, we shall be visiting Afghanistan’s new home of international cricket in Delhi early next year, when we are due to play our ICC Intercontinental Cup match.” 

The two teams have played four ODI’s to date, with Ireland winning three and Afghanistan one. Their only ODI meeting on Irish soil came in the Worldinfo-icon Cricket League Championship in 2012 which saw Ireland win by 59 runs thanks to a half century from Ed Joyce.

Ticketing and pricing details for the series will be announced on in due course.



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