Fresh from a 0-2 T20I series defeat to South Africa, Ireland now lock horns with Afghanistan in five T20Is, starting Tuesday, August 9. All the matches will be played at Stormont in Belfast.
Unlike Afghanistan, whose last international assignment came in June against Zimbabwe, Ireland have been pretty active in the limited-overs format. Before taking on New Zealand, they also played India in the shortest format.
Despite their continuity though, results have been extremely underwhelming. In fact, Ireland have lost each of their last 11 games across limited-overs formats. Their last win dates back to February 19 when they beat Oman in the World T20 qualifier.
As for Afghanistan, they have only played two T20I series this year, against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. They beat Zimbabwe 3-0 but had to settle for a 1-1 series draw against Bangladesh.
For the Ireland series, the Afghans are set to welcome Hashmatullah Shahidi, whose last T20I outing came in March 2021. Right-arm pacer Naveen ul Haq and opening batter Ibrahim Zadran have been called up too.
Ireland vs Afghanistan head-to-head in T20I
Ireland and Afghanistan have played a total of 18 T20Is in the past, with the former managing a mere four wins and the latter has come out on top on 14 occasions. Interestingly, Afghanistan have won four of their last five meetings against Ireland.
Afghanistan tour of Ireland 2022 full squads
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, and Craig Young
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Afsar Zazai, Azmatullah Omarzai, Darwish Rasooli, Farid Ahmad Malik, Fazal Haq Farooqi, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Karim Janat, Najibullah Zadran, Naveen ul Haq, Noor Ahmad, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Rashid Khan and Sharafuddin Ashraf
Afghanistan tour of Ireland 2022 full schedule and live India match times
|Date and day||Match||Time (IST)||Venue|
|Tuesday, August 9||Ireland vs Afghanistan, 1st T20I||8:00 PM IST||Stormont|
|Thursday, August 11||Ireland vs Afghanistan, 2nd T20I||8:00 PM IST||Stormont|
|Friday, August 12||Ireland vs Afghanistan, 3rd T20I||8:00 PM IST||Stormont|
|Monday, August 15||Ireland vs Afghanistan, 4th T20I||8:00 PM IST||Stormont|
|Wednesday, August 17||Ireland vs Afghanistan, 5th T20I||8:00 PM IST||Stormont|
Where to watch Ireland vs Afghanistan 2022 live in India?
Live streaming of Ireland vs Afghanistan T20I matches will be available on the FanCode app and website.
There will be no live telecast of the Ireland vs Afghanistan 2022 limited-overs series on any TV channel in India.
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