PJ Moor, who previously represented Zimbabwe in Tests and internationals before qualifying for Ireland, has the opportunity to make his one-day international debut in his home country.
Although he recently played in the Test matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for Ireland, this will be his first time in the ODI squad.
Andrew White, the chairman of selectors, highlighted Moor’s experience in Zimbabwean conditions and his batting versatility as key factors for his inclusion. Moor’s ability to bat anywhere from one to seven provides the team with valuable cover.
Teams Taking Part In ICC Men’s ODI World Cup Qualifiers
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Another change in the squad is the return of Barry McCarthy, who replaces Fionn Hand after recovering from an injury. However, McCarthy’s last ODI appearance was over two years ago, so he will be eager to make his mark if given the opportunity in Zimbabwe.
The majority of the squad members were part of the team’s tour to Zimbabwe in January, where they faced a 2-1 defeat in the ODI series.
Alongside Moor, Craig Young and Ben White were also part of that tour. White, a leg spinner, was specifically praised for his performance towards the end of the tournament when the team encountered used pitches.
The tournament fixtures have been announced, and Ireland will be based in Bulawayo for the group stage. They will face Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman, and the UAE, with only the top three teams advancing to the Super Six stage.
In other news, Matthew Foster, an opening bowler from Civil Service North, has been called up to the Ireland Test squad to replace Conor Olphert from Bready.
Olphert, unfortunately, has been declared unfit due to a knee problem. Foster was previously selected for Ireland’s tour of Sri Lanka but had to withdraw due to injury. This will be his first time joining the squad, and he will be eager to make a strong impression.
As the team prepares for their upcoming matches, the inclusion of Moor and Foster brings fresh talent and depth to Ireland’s cricket squad, providing them with a strong chance to excel in the World Cup qualifying tournament.
Ireland’s Fifteen Man Squad For ICC World Cup Qualifiers
Squad: A Balbirnie (capt), M Adair, C Campher, G Delany, G Dockrell, G Hume, J Little, A McBrine, B McCarthy, PJ Moor, P Stirling, H Tector, L Tucker, B White, C Young.