Long-term Irish international, a pivotal member of the so-called golden generation of Irish Men???s cricket, Niall O???Brien has announced that he is calling time on his international and first-class cricket career after 16 years.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan will be hoping to make a move towards the top of the bowlers??? list in the ICC ODI Player Rankings as his side prepares for a three-match ODI series against Ireland in Belfast from Monday.
Opening batsman Hazratullah Zazai and leg-spinner Rashid Khan catapulted Afghanistan to a comfortable 81-run triumph over Ireland, in Wednesday’s second Twenty20 International at the Bready Cricket Club in Magheramason.
Ireland skipper Gary Wilson was keen to take some positives from a tightly contested loss to Afghanistan in the first match of their T20I series. In a rain-hit game trimmed to 18-overs-a-side, Afghanistan were asked to bat first and scored 160/7. Ireland’s reply ended at 144/9. Wilson praised Simi Singh for helping to turn…