The Ireland cricket team will host Zimbabwe in a five-match T20I starting on Friday, August 27.

Zimbabwe’s limited-overs tour of Ireland, which was earlier scheduled to start on August 6, had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic following advice from Ireland's health authorities.

Led by new captain Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe have announced their 18-member squad against Ireland for the shortest format of the game.

Interestingly, veteran batsman Ervine becomes the fifth player to captain the Zimbabwe cricket team in limited-overs cricket since the start of last year. Zimbabwe have been selecting their captain on a rotation basis as Chamu Chibhabha, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Test captain Sean Williams have all had the opportunity to lead The Chevrons recently.

While senior players Brendan Taylor and Sean Williams have returned to the national team after missing the Bangladesh series, most of the other players have been retained from the previous series against the Asian team.

Zimbabwe have failed to qualify for the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in UAE from October and they will look to put on a better show against Ireland.

On the other hand, hosts Ireland will have an opportunity to test themselves ahead of the T20 World Cup.

After suffering a 0-3 thrashing in their last T20I series against South Africa at home, the Andrew Balbirnie-led Ireland side will hope for an improved showing. 

The hosts have retained most of their players from the South Africa series except uncapped Stephen Doheny. Ireland have also added all-rounder Curtis Campher, who has received his first senior call-up in T20Is after recovering from an ankle injury.

“Given the T20 World Cup starting in two months we want to provide as much playing time for the players in this format as possible,” Ireland Chair of National Men’s Selectors Andrew White said.

“While we have kept faith with the squad that played in the recent South Africa series, we have additionally brought Curtis Campher in for his first call-up for Ireland in the T20 format. Curtis is back bowling following his injury and will add a dynamic batting and bowling presence to the squad,” he added.

Ireland vs Zimbabwe T20I squads

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

Zimbabwe T20I squad: Craig Ervine (captain), Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (wicket-keeper), Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Wesley Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, Wellington Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Blessing Muzarabani, Dion Myers, Richard Ngarava, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Brendan Taylor (wicket-keeper), Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams

Ireland vs Zimbabwe T20I schedule, fixtures and live India match times

All times in India Standard Time (IST)

Day and Date


Time (IST)


Friday, August 27

Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 1st T20I

4:30 PM IST

Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin

Sunday, August 29

Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 2nd T20I

4:30 PM IST

Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin

Wednesday, September 1

Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 3rd T20I

7:30 PM IST

Bready Cricket Club, Northern Ireland

Thursday, September 2

Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 4th T20I

7:30 PM IST

Bready Cricket Club, Northern Ireland

Saturday, September 4

Ireland vs Zimbabwe, 5th T20I

7:30 PM IST

Bready Cricket Club, Northern Ireland

Where to watch Ireland vs Zimbabwe T20I series live in India?  

Live streaming of the Ireland vs Zimbabwe T20I series will be available on FanCode app and website.

There will be no telecast of the IRE vs ZIM T20I series on any TV channels in India.

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