Andy Balbirnie, the Irish men’s Cricket captain, is unperturbed by the delay to upcoming World Cup Super League series versus Afghanistan as they prepare to face UAE on Friday.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board ( ACB) validated the date modifications and Cricket Ireland have agreed that the world cup certifying matches will now begin 3 days behind initially set up on 21 January, with the staying two video games occurring on 24 and 26 January.
” I do not have a problem with it to be honest,” stated Balbirnie.
” It was a tight schedule anyhow and the extra few days between the series against the UAE and Afghanistan will offer us additional days to prepare and examine any injury issues we might have between the 2 series.”
The ACB stated they had visa problems which were dealt with on Monday, permitting them to take a trip to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Nevertheless 3 of their star players are still presently in Australia, with Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman involved in the ongoing Huge Celebration league and there is also the sensation that the ACB were nervous for the hold-up to give them the chance to associate the team in Abu Dhabi.
Ireland are currently in Abu Dhabi and are due to play the UAE in a four-game ODI series from Friday ahead of the Afghan matches and will now have a full 7 days in between the last video game of that series and the start of the World Cup qualifiers.
There seems to be a shift away from the old guard in Balbirnie’s squad as veterans William Porterfield, Gary Wilson and Boyd Rankin, mainstays of the Irish team for the last 15 years or so, have not taken a trip to Abu Dhabi.
Instead Irish coach Graham Ford and captain Balbirnie will be focusing on bringing through the more youthful talents of the likes of Curtis Campher and Harry Tector who made such an effect in the series versus England in Southampton last August.
” It’s a fresh brand-new group of young cricketers to a starving to play in and be successful for Ireland and while the similarity Porty, Gary and Boyd are not on this trip, I still believe that they can still play vital roles for Ireland this season.
” It certainly is unusual though sitting on the bus going to training with me, Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien taking a look at these guys and realising how young and unskilled they are however they have revealed great interest in training. It’s excellent to see.”
Ireland’s very first game of the series against the UAE is at 5.30 am Irish time on Friday and although they might be seen as heat up games for the larger series versus Afganistan, Balbirnie is not aking the 4 one-day games lightly.
” We are anticipating hard conditions for those games” stated Balbirnie
” Afghanistan have some of the very best spinners on the planet, including maybe the best in Rashid Khan and the UAE likewise have some excellent spin bowlers, so it will provide our lads the opportunity to bed in”
” We understand them (Afghanistan) pretty well, at this phase, there’s already been a lot of chatter within the group, particularly the more youthful people needing to know more about what their danger will be, we got a taste of it in Noida (India) prior to lockdown.
” We know on their day, they can be as good as anyone. we have actually got to make sure that we’re at the top of our video game and that we’re peaking at the best time.
” These four games (against the UAE) will provide us a possibility to type of develop our skills and to ensure that when we come to it that will be will have no reason.
” But I think this group sort of should have a good run.
” We also comprehend we’re very lucky to be able to do it now. We’re all extremely well aware of what’s going on back home and how fortunate we are to be out here and working,”
It is hoped that it is the start of a hectic year for Balbirnie’s side with the T20 World Cup and a Test match against Sri Lanka in the offing this season.
” I ‘d love to kind of play a complete house summertime series of video game especially with a few of the young men who have not experienced that in the past.
” They’re young and they’re competitive, and they’re eager to find out. Everybody’s fit and ready to go which is terrific.”
The worldwide fixtures, which will be played at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, are:
- UAE v Ireland — first ODI– 8 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30 am regional time/ 5.30 am Irish time)
- UAE v Ireland — second ODI– 10 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30 am regional time/ 5.30 am Irish time)
- UAE v Ireland — 3rd ODI– 12 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30 am local time/ 5.30 am Irish time)
- UAE v Ireland — fourth ODI– 14 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30 am local time/ 5.30 am Irish time)
- Afghanistan v Ireland — first ODI– 21 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30 am local time/ 5.30 am Irish time)
- Afghanistan v Ireland — 2nd ODI– 24 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30 am regional time/ 5.30 am Irish time)
- Afghanistan v Ireland — 3rd ODI– 26 Jan 2021 (start: 9.30 am regional time/ 5.30 am Irish time)
The matches against Afghanistan will belong to the World Cup Super League.