Captain Andrew Balbirnie of Ireland is cautiously optimistic about the future of his team in 2021 as they intend to complete the entire fixture list of last year in less than three weeks. In 2020, Ireland had just seven internationals, four before the pandemic and then just three in their own summer – all against England – as the entire national calendar was wiped out.
Ireland has not played in Southampton since beating Eoin Morgan’s World Champions, but is currently planning for a full schedule in January in Abu Dhabi with four ODIs against the United Arab Emirates and three more against Afghanistan. In this time, seven one-day internationals do not happen often, so we are lucky to get this chance,” Balbirnie said. Ireland secured a famous win over England in their last game (Adrian Dennis/PA) “There’s a lot to look forward to, not only as players but also as fans,” he said. “If all goes well, we have a home summer with some big international teams coming to visit us and w. You have to take every game right now and every day when it comes and be grateful we can do what we do for a living. The schedule looked pretty good at the beginning of last year, with a lot of cricket and a World Cup. But we’ve been working hard in the gym and in the nets, working hard and ensuring we’re ready when the calls come. “At the beginning of last year, the schedule looked pretty good, with a lot of cricket and a World Cup. But we’ve been in the gym and in the nets, working hard and making sure we’re ready when the calls come. ” In their place, Curtis Camphor, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker and Neil Rock, all of whom have yet to be included, will all have the ability to improve, not least when World Cup qualification points against Afghanistan are at stake. “Balbirnie said: “There are guys who are not with us who have done so much for the sport and gave us the chance to play as much international cricket as we have. They are young guys, they are fantastic on the net, they work very hard and have all the ideas and shots…: UNDER THE HELMETWarm in Abu Dhabi. #BackingGreen (Pics courtesy @AbuDhabiCricket) pic.twit. This is easier said than done, particularly here where the circumstances are not what they’re used to at home, but it’s exciting. “I’m really looking forward to the year ahead and seeing how all these guys can adapt to the situations we’re going to be in. “An Afghanistan request to postpone the start of the series by three days from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21 was accepted by Cricket Ireland, a time window sufficient to allow the Big Bash League contingent to arrive late and sufficient quarantine time.