USA vs Ireland: “Playing well against Ireland will send out big message”, reckons Monak Patel

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Playing well against Ireland will send out big message to associate nations, reckons USA Captain Monak Patel

USA vs Ireland: USA Cricket team Captain Monak Patel said the upcoming limited-overs series against Ireland is an important series for them as it will act as a start for upcoming global qualifiers for the USA team & playing well in this series is crucial for them as it will send a strong message to other associate nations of the ICC.

Ireland’s men’s team will become the first full ICC member nation to tour the USA to play against USA’s men’s team. USA & Ireland will lock horns in two-match T20I series followed by three-match ODI series.

“This is the biggest series we have had. This means a lot to the team & this acts as the start for the global qualifiers for the big tournament coming up”, said Monak Patel in a statement.

“Playing well against Ireland will send out a big message to the other associate teams we compete with”, he added.

USA’s Monak Patel will lead the USA team in both T20Is & ODIs while former U19 player Saurabh Netravalkar will also play in the American team. For Ireland’s team, Andrew Balbirnie will lead their team across both formats.

However, Ahead of the significant series, the visitors have suffered a major setback as four of its players and a member of the support staff have tested positive for Covid-19. Barry McCarthy, George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, and Gary Wilson have tested positive and have been kept in isolation for 10 days.

“Several of our players have had their departures from Ireland delayed, but we are hopeful they can join the squad in Florida in a few days. Likewise, Assistant Coach Gary Wilson – who we believe may have received a false positive, couldn’t depart with the main squad. He’ll be re-tested again today and we hope will be cleared to travel shortly,” Cricket Ireland High-Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said.

The limited-overs series consists of two T20Is starting on December 23 followed by three ODIs commencing on December 26. The five-match limited-overs series will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Florida. Both the teams have last locked horns in 2015 in Belfast, Dublin for the ICC World T20 Qualifier where Ireland’s squad won the match by 46 runs.

The tour will not be live telecasted on TV channels & will be live-streamed on Fan code App & www.fancode.com to provide its fans with a comprehensive match experience through live streaming, live scores, match highlights, etc.

USA vs Ireland T20I squads

USA T20I squad: Monank Patel (captain/wicket-keeper), Karima Gore, Aaron Jones, Marty Kain, Ali Khan, Jaskaran Malhotra, Xavier Marshall, Saurabh Netravalkar, Nisarg Patel, Gajanand Singh, Jessy Singh, Steven Taylor, Rusty Theron, Vatsal Vaghela

Ireland T20I squad: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Neil Rock (wicket-keeper), Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker (wicket-keeper), Ben White, Craig Young

USA vs Ireland T20I Series Schedule

 

Day and Date

MatchTime (IST)Venue
Thursday, December 23USA vs Ireland, 1st T20I12:30 AM ISTCentral Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida
Friday, December 24USA vs Ireland, 2nd T20I12:30 AM ISTCentral Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground, Lauderhill, Florida

 

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