Ireland are boosted by the return from injury of Niall O’Brien and Craig Young for the two-game one-day international series against Pakistan next month. Wicketkeeper O’Brien (calf) and bowler Young (elbow) missed the recent series against Afghanistan along with paceman Boyd Rankin, who was unavailable.
All three are back in the squad for the Malahide contests. “I’m certain there will be two tough games when we meet Pakistan,” said Ireland head coach John Bracewell. Ireland famously beat Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup thanks primarily to Niall O’Brien’s 72 while William Porterfield’s century in Adelaide was not enough to give Ireland a quarter-final slot when the sides met in the 2015 event.
The most recent meetings on Irish soil came in 2013 when a Paul Stirling century and a whirlwind unbeaten 84 from just 47 balls from Kevin O’Brien saw Ireland earn a dramatic last ball tie in the first ODI. Pakistan won the second by two wickets despite Ed Joyce scoring an unbeaten 116.(BBC,2016)