Moor called into Ireland set-up

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PJ Moor playing for Zimbabwe against Ireland Wolves in 2019

Zimbabwean wicketkeeper-batsman PJ Moor been named in an Ireland squad that will play in Bristol this week.

The Irish squad is a mix of Ireland Wolves and Academy players who will feature in a red-ball game against a Gloucestershire XI that will feature a selection of players not involved in the ongoing T20 blast.

The multi-day game will provide Heinrich Malan an opportunity to cast his eye over potential Test players, with Ireland hoping to end their three-year exile next year.

The 31-year-old Moor last played for Zimbabwe in October 2019, having played 49 ODI’s, eight Tests, and 21 T20I’s. The Irish passport holder can play for his adopted country at senior level from October.

Moor has been in good form in Ireland’s domestic cricket and last month he produced a historic captain’s knock of 152 to help Muster Reds to the biggest successful run chase in the Inter-Provincial Cup’s history in Dublin.

Munster Reds beat defending champions Leinster Lightning by five wickets after chasing down a 305 total to go top of the four-team standings with two wins in as many matches.

Moor’s score was the highest individual score in Inter-Provincial Cup history as he eclipsed the previous record which was set by Simi Singh’s 136 back in 2016.

The 31-year-old Zimbabwean also achieved his highest List A score with his second ton at the same level.

The hard-hitting batsman, who has previously played club cricket in Ireland for YMCA in Dublin and CIYMS in Belfast also turned out for Mountaineers in Zimbabwe’s domestic cricket circuit.

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