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The Ireland Women’s squads have been announced for their first-ever tour of Pakistan which will see them play three ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 fixtures from 4-9 November, which will be followed by three T20Is from 12-16 November. All six matches will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
The visitors will arrive in Lahore on 29 October and will have four days of practice in the lead-up to the ODI series.
The 15-player squads for the two formats are:
ODI squad: Laura Delany (capt), Rachel Delaney, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Arlene Kelly, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.
T20I squad: Laura Delany (capt), Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Arlene Kelly, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.
While Ireland and Pakistan have a history of international cricket between the two sides dating back 60 years, this will be the first time a senior men’s or women’s side will have played in Pakistan.
Ireland Women and Pakistan Women first met in an international match at the 1997 Women’s World Cup, when the Irish team prevailed by 182 runs (scorecard). The two sides subsequently met in a Test match in July 2000 (scorecard) in Dublin. They have played each other 34 times across all formats (Pakistan won 25, Ireland won 9) – the last encounter being this summer when Ireland hosted Pakistan as part of a Tri-Series that also involved Australia.
Ireland will be the fourth international cricket team to visit Pakistan in 2022 after Australia, West Indies and England men’s sides toured earlier this year.
The Ireland squad will arrive in Lahore on 29 October and hold training sessions on 31 October to 3 November.
The fixtures will be:
• 4 November : Pakistan v Ireland – 1st ODI (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 10am start local time)*
• 6 November : Pakistan v Ireland – 2nd ODI (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 10am start local time)*
• 9 November : Pakistan v Ireland – 3rd ODI (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 10am start local time)*
• 12 November : Pakistan v Ireland – 1st T20I (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 10am start local time)
• 14 November : Pakistan v Ireland – 2nd T20I (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 10am start local time)
• 16 November : Pakistan v Ireland – 3rd T20I (Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore; 10am start local time)
* The ODIs are part of the ICC Women’s Championship
Laura Delany, Captain of Ireland Women, said:
“Since the tour to Pakistan was announced, the squad has been buzzing with excitement at being the first Irish side – male or female – to play in Pakistan.
“It’s great to see Selectors have assembled a talented squad and, as we demonstrated in July when we played each other, the two sides are quite evenly balanced, so it is set for an exciting series. Home advantage may be a factor in theory, however, I believe our squad will acclimatise quickly and will be up for the challenge.”
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:
“We have been working closely with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), security consultants and local diplomatic services to ensure the upcoming tour is comprehensively planned out as to the health, safety and security of players and coaches, as well as providing advice to travelling families and fans. We have also liaised with the cricket boards of countries that have recently toured and are satisfied that the welfare of our squad will be a top priority for the hosts.
“But, most of all, this is about cricket and a wonderful opportunity for our senior squad to play in such a passionate cricket-loving country as Pakistan. Ireland and Pakistan have a deep cricket bond in both women’s and men’s cricket – and we know our players are extremely excited to play there for the first time ever in just a few weeks.
“We also extend our sincerest thanks to the PCB for being so collegiate and proactive in hosting us for these six matches.”