Pakistan Cricket Board and Irish Cricket Board have announced a one day series between the two countries, consisting of two one day games. Their first clash will held on 23rd may while second one is scheduled at 26th May 2013. These matches are considered as the warm ups or preparations for the mega event Champions Trophy 2013 which will be played in England for the last time. The matches have been decided to play in Dublin at Castle Avenue.
The coach of Ireland Cricket team, Phil Simmons stated in his interview that it is a great news for them- Pakistanis have always been a competitive and unpredictable teams in one day cricket and it is the best opportunity for his team to identify where they are standing as a cricket team. They team is working harder to play well against them in their second ODI and still remember their defeat by 2-0 in 2011 and Pakistan’s last success over India by 2-1.
The coach further said that this summer have brought some new challenges and will remain the team practicing for the whole season. Along with it, the four one day clashes are also decided with another emerging cricket team, Australia A. this series will also be their preparation for the Ashes, a planned series with Bangladesh and obviously, the RSA competition with England at their newly made international stadium in Malahide.
The Irish team has got just one victory over Pakistan in the World Cup 2007 held in West Indies that was the biggest upset for the Green Shirts. Niall O’Brien was the man who had played a lifetime inning to snatch success from his opponents. He ended up brilliantly with his 72 runs and gifted a victory by three wickets to his nation.
The Pakistani coach, Dav Whatmore said at one occasion that the boys are eagerly waiting for their matches especially second match that will conclude the result of this series. He further stated that the cricket in Ireland is becoming more and more popular and the boys getting spots in the team are well trained and capable to shock their competitors. The visitors are looking forward to have some challenging, interesting and nail biting match to significantly improve their capabilities for future tournament.
The matches are a prolongation of the support from Pakistan Cricket Board to every Associate Member countries, and the team is happy to once again playing matches in Ireland.
The preparation of Pakistan to show their proficiency in the UK is well planned, with contract upgrades, training camps. With the appointment of amazing former captain and remarkable left hander Wasim Akram and Trent Woodhill for the coaching posts, the team is confident enough to perform well and the audience will see a totally different side of the team in second one day match.
The absence of Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan needs instant justification and newbies- Umar Amin and Ehsan Adil- chosen in replacement would not be considered as weak opposing forces to cut the teeth of their competitors.
This one day match competition is not likely to produce a valuable cricket for hosts, with the visitors to relinquish big margins with the concept of experimentation- and definitely, the Irish cricket team would eager to get the modest results. The second game is of great importance for both the teams as it will decide the victorious team of the series. So, get ready teams and wait for the right time to charge!