PJ Moor joins Irish club Munster Reds ahead of Cricket Ireland’s domestic season

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FORMER Zimbabwe international wicketkeeper-batter Peter “PJ” Moor will play club cricket in Ireland this summer, and has agreed to join the Munster Reds inter-provincial squad for the 2021 season.

The 30-year-old Harare-born star is still finding his feet in the Ireland national team squad after some underwhelming performances during their Test series against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka recently.

Moor holds an Irish passport and has previously played club cricket in Ireland for YMCA and CIYMS.

He has represented Zimbabwe in eight Tests, 49 ODIs and 21 T20Is, and was part of the Zimbabwean Men’s squad that played a six-match white ball series against Ireland in 2019.

Cricket Ireland’s chair of national men’s selectors Andrew White said Moor would be a valuable addition to their interprovincial competition.

“It goes without saying that PJ Moor’s quality and his broad experience – and time spent previously in Ireland – will be a valuable addition to the Inter-Provincial Series for this season. PJ has performed at the highest levels of the game, and he will offer a great deal to the young Munster squad,” White said.

Moor’s move to Munster Reds means Neil Rock, previously announced as part of the squad for this season, can now make the move to Northern Knights – a team he has represented in various formats since 2018.

Rock will fill the wicketkeeping role left vacant by the recent retirement of Gary Wilson.

“This also allows Pebbles [Neil Rock] to return to the Knights and fill the gap left by Gary Wilson’s retirement.”

“This development adds further interest to what is shaping up to be an intriguing inter-provincial series, which will only raise the standards of the competition and should additionally provide some tough, competitive cricket for our elite players ahead of the internationals.”