Ireland has made only one change compared to its squad 1-1 against the reigning world champion West Indies. Getkate replaced Mark Adair, who sustained an ankle injury.
The squad will travel to India to face Afghanistan in a three-match T20I series. All three encounters will take place in Greater Noida, a place that has become a second home for Afghanistan. The first T20I will be played on Friday, March 6, 2020.
Andrew White, chairman of the National Men’s Selectors, believed that the series gave players the chance to secure a place in the Irish squad for the 2020 ICC men’s T20 World Cup.
“With the upcoming T20 World Championship in October, the Selectors want to give players the opportunity to test themselves under different conditions, while [head coach] Graham Ford is looking for the right combinations and tactics that we will use for the World Championship.” “White said in a press release.
“The squad that did so well in the latest series of West Indies will have another opportunity to show what it can do against well-known but impressive opponents in this format.”
“Although it is unfortunate that Mark Adair does not travel, it does give Shane Getkate, who missed the Caribbean tour, a chance.”
Adair only played the third T20I in his series against the West Indies and completed 22 runs in his two overs when Lendl Simmons shot an undefeated 40-ball 91 to lead the hosts to a comfortable win.
Meanwhile, Getkate most recently played a T20I during the ICC men’s T20 World Cup qualifier, which was held in the UAE late last year. He performed twice during the tournament and his only wicket came in third place in the successful play-off game against Namibia. Adair ended the tournament as Ireland’s best wicket-taker with 12 and an impressive savings rate of under-five and competed for his team in every game.
“We are confident that we have chosen a balanced team, but we will look for more consistency later this year. The last tour gave us an insight into the potential of this Irish team by having the world champions in their own back yard defeated. ” but there is no doubt that players will be interested in showing these accomplishments more regularly. “
Ireland Squad For Afghanistan Series | March 2020
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.