Ireland pick Shane Getkate for Afghanistan T20I series

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With Mark Adair still recovering from an ankle injury, Shane Getkate has been roped into the Ireland squad for the three-match T20I series against Afghanistan that will be played in Greater Noida. Getkate’s inclusion is the only change from the T20 squad that played against the West Indies in January.

“The squad that performed so well in the recent West Indies series will get another opportunity to show what they can offer, against familiar but formidable opponents in this format of the game,” Andrew White, the chairman of selectors, said on Wednesday (February 12).

“While it is unfortunate Mark Adair will not be travelling, this opens up an opportunity for Shane Getkate, who missed out on the Caribbean tour.

“We are confident that we have selected a well-balanced side, but we will be looking for greater consistency as the year progresses. The last tour gave us an insight into this Irish side’s potential – by beating the World Champions in their own backyard, but there is no doubt the players will be keen to show those performances on a more regular basis,” he said.

Ireland, who managed to square the T20I series against West Indies, will be hoping to take that confidence into the Afghanistan series, with hopes of ending their winless streak against Afghanistan in T20I bilaterals. The series gets underway in March with the three matches set to be played on 6th, 8th and 10th.

Ireland squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), 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.

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