Ex-Zimbabwe star PJ Moor named in Ireland squad ahead of WC qualifiers

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By Sports Reporter

FORMER Chevrons star Peter Moor is in line to make his first ODI appearance for Ireland after being named in their 15-man squad for the upcoming 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup qualifier which begins on June 18 in Zimbabwe.

Moor has already played Test cricket for Ireland since his move from Zimbabwe, but is yet to play ODIs for them with his last international fifty-over match coming in 2019 for Zimbabwe.

Ironically in Moor’s last ODI appearance four years ago Ireland came and he will now be hoping to help his adopted nation in the qualifier from which two teams would make it to the main event in India later in the year.

Andrew White, the Ireland men’s team selector, said Moor’s versatility and experience in Zimbabwean conditions would be key for their team ahead of the qualifying competition.

“…PJ Moor’s experience in Zimbabwean conditions and his versatility batting anywhere from 1 to 7 gives us great cover,” White said.

The upcoming qualifier will see ten teams, including host nation Zimbabwe, West Indies and Sri Lanka, competing for the two remaining places for the upcoming World Cup to be played in India later this year.

Andrew Balbirnie will lead a strong Ireland side, which will start their campaign in Group B alongside Sri Lanka, Scotland, Oman, and UAE.

The Irish will begin their campaign against Scotland on June 21.

Ireland squad

Andrew Balbirnie (captain, Pembroke), Mark Adair (CIYMS), Curtis Campher (YMCA), Gareth Delany (Leinster), George Dockrell (Phoenix), Graham Hume (Waringstown), Josh Little (Pembroke), Andy McBrine (Donemana), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), PJ Moor (Clontarf), Paul Stirling (North Down), Harry Tector (YMCA), Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke), Ben White (Phoenix), Craig Young (Bready)