Ireland's games with Namibia to go ahead as planned

Visitors should land in Belfast on Saturday despite visa concerns.

Alex Cusack watches Kevin O'Brien bowling.
Alex Cusack watches Kevin O'Brien bowling.
Image: INPHO/Presseye/Russell Pritchard

CRICKET IRELAND HAVE confirmed that the two one-day games with Namibia will now go ahead as originally scheduled on Monday and Tuesday next.

The Intercontinental Cup match between the sides, which was due to be played in Stormont, was cancelled due to visa issues faced by members of the tourists’ squad.

Namibia are now scheduled to arrive into Belfast on Saturday. Both ties take place in Belfast, starting at 10:45am. Tickets are priced at £10 for adults, while OAP/Associate/Life Members are £8 and are available at the gate or on ticketmaster.

The news is a boost to coach Phil Simmons, who will blood new players in the absence of county-based stars.

One-Day squad for Namibia and Tri-Series with Scotland and Sri Lanka: William Porterfield (capt) (Gloucestershire), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (Railway Union), Nigel Jones (Civil Service North), John Mooney (North County), Graeme McCarter (Fox Lodge/Gloucestershire), Kevin O’Brien (Gloucestershire) , Niall O’Brien (Northants- misses Scotland), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey – misses Namibia).

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