Stuart Poynter replaces O’Brien in Ireland squad

Ireland are playing a 13 a side two-day warm-up match against the UAE

Stuart Poynter in action against Hong Kong in an ICC World Twenty20 qualifier in 2015. Photograph: Donall Famer/Inpho

Stuart Poynter in action against Hong Kong in an ICC World Twenty20 qualifier in 2015. Photograph: Donall Famer/Inpho

 

Niall O’Brien has returned home from Ireland’s tour to the UAE for personal reasons.

He will be replaced by Stuart Poynter, who will fly out to join up with the squad later on Friday.

The 27 year-old Poynter has played 39 matches for Ireland since his debut in 2011, and has five appearances in the ICC InterContinental Cup competition.

Four times winners Ireland take on Scotland in their final InterContinental Cup starting next Wednesday, November 29th, at the Dubai International Stadium.

In preparation for that game Ireland are playing a 13 a side two-day warm-up match against the UAE on Friday and Saturday.

Following the ICup game, Ireland will play a three-match ODI series against Afghanistan in Sharjah.

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