Pakistan team will be heading up to the Ireland for a ODI series which will conclude 2 One Day international matches. The series is named as IRE vs PAK 2016 ODI series. The venue has been decided as Malahide, Dublin for both the matches. After this series the subcontinent team will play 5 matches ODI series with England. Earlier in 2013 the encounter of both the team occurred in which the Green Shirts won the series by 1-0. The second match was abandoned due to bad weather. After 3 years the host team have an opportunity to take the revenge and give it back to the guest. The schedule of the series has been announced by the officials which is given below.
Although Ireland team is not that powerful in comparison to that of Pakistan but due to many changes in the squad of subcontinent team it will be great chances for the home team to tackle them. The squads for the tour has been announced by both the cricket boards. Misbah-ul-Haq will be the captain of Green Shirts where William Porterfield will be leading the Irish team.
Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan,Misbah, and Sarfaraz Ahmad are some of the experienced batsman of the PAK team which can build some good partnership together and can put a decent total on the board. As Mohammad Amir returning into the squad the bowling lineup will be much strengthened than earlier. Wahab Riaz who is known for his bouncing deliveries will lead the pace attack with Sohail Khan, Imran Khan Sr and Rahat Ali. In the spin attack Yasit Shah and Zulfiqar Babar are called up for the tour. No Doubt some youngster are there in the squad and can feel pressure at crucial stage but under the guidance of their captain they will learn a lot and surely it will be tough fight of the Irish team to tackle the Green Shirts.
In the Ireland squad both the brother Kevin O’Brien and Niall O’Brien will be heading up the batting department along with the captain Porterfield. They have some good cricketer under the shed like Andrew Balbirnie, Tim Murtagh, Craig Young and many more are there who can turn the game and take away the victory from the opponent.
If we look at the ICC ODI rankings of both the team, there is not much difference between them. Pakistan team is currently on 9th spot where Ireland is sailing on the 12th position. In this series both can gain some points and climb up in the table.
Here is the IRE vs PAK 2016 ODI series Schedule with the fixture details :-
|18th August 2016|
|Ireland Vs Pakistan 1st ODI||Malahide||9:45|
|20th August 2016|
|Ireland Vs Pakistan 2nd ODI||Malahide||9:45|
Have a look: Ireland vs Sri Lanka 2016 ODI series
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