West Indies will host Ireland for a three-match one-day international series, starting on December 8 (Saturday) at the Sabina Park in Jamaica. Both teams have had a significant break due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will look to make their return with a win.
West Indies were on a white-ball tour to Pakistan before the holidays when the virus outbreak in their camp caught as many as nine members – five of them players – forcing the ODI leg of the tour to be pushed back by six months. After a disastrous campaign in the shorter formats in recent times, West Indies will look to begin the ODI leg on a good note with the ODI World Cup 2023 inching closer.
On the other hand, Ireland were on the New Year tour of the USA where a COVID-19 spike in their camp led to the cancellation of the two 50-over games. The minnows will look to have a good start to the year beating West Indies and take 1-0 lead in the series.
Details: West Indies vs Ireland, 1st ODI
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Time and Date: Saturday, January 8 at 8:00 PM IST | 2:30 pm GMT
The Sabina Park hasn’t hosted an ODI in quite some time and the wicket is expected to be fresh. It is likely to assist the pacers initially but will ease out as the game progress.
West Indies vs Ireland – Predicted Playing XI
West Indies: Shai Hope, Devon Thomas, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard (c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Akeal Hosein
Ireland: William Porterfield, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, George Dockrell, Lorcan Tucker (wk), Curtis Campher, Mark Adair, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Ben White/Joshua Little
Fantasy Team Suggestion
Fantasy Team 1: Shai Hope (c), Paul Stirling, William Porterfield, Harry Tector, Shamarh Brooks, Jason Holder (vc), Roston Chase, Simi Singh, Joshua Little, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales
Fantasy Team 2: Nicholas Pooran, Paul Stirling (vc), William Porterfield, Devon Thomas, Andy Balbirnie, Kieron Pollard, Roston Chase (c), Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Barry McCarthy