Moor made to wait for Ireland debut

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PJ Moor playing for Zimbabwe against Ireland in 2019

Former Zimbabwe cricket team wicketkeeper-batsman PJ Moor will have to wait a bit longer before making his debut for Ireland after not being included in their ODI and T20I squads for the tour of Zimbabwe, which begins next month.

The 31-year-old Moor, who holds an Irish passport, last played for Zimbabwe in October 2019, having played 49 ODI’s, eight Tests, and 21 T20Is.

He became play for his adopted country at senior level in October and was widely expected to be named in the Irish squads for the upcoming white-ball series against his country of birth.

Moor has been in good form in Zimbabwe’s domestic cricket circuit. He played an important role in Mountaineers’ successful defence of their Pro50 Championship and has followed that up with some solid performances in the ongoing Logan Cup competition.

PJ Moor has been in good form for Mountaineers in Zimbabwe’ domestic cricket

The former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-batsman was also in good form in Ireland’s domestic cricket, where he played for Muster Reds which earned him selection to the Ireland Wolves squad.

The Cricket Ireland selectors have however decided not to select him for the upcoming tour, although he is reportedly in their long-term plans.

The upcoming tour will kick off with a three-match T20I series, starting 12 January, followed by a three-match ODI series, starting 18 January. All matches will be played at the Harare Sports Club.

Uncapped batter Stephen Doheny is in line to make his international debut after being named in both ODI and T20I squads

Both squads will be captained by Andrew Balbirnie and while veteran opening batter Paul Stirling is in the ODI side but will not feature in the T20I series to play in the new International League T20.

Left-arm seamer Josh Little is a part of the T20I mix but will miss the ODIs to play in the SA20.

Fast bowler Tyrone Kane returns to the side after nearly four years. His last international was against Zimbabwe in July 2019.

Also making a return are a legspinner Ben White and wicketkeeper-batter Neil Rock, both of whom debuted in 2021.

T20I squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Tyrone Kane, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White

ODI squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker

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