Pakistan in Ireland 2011 May 23, 2011

Poynter replaces injured Niall O'Brien

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wicketkeeper Andrew Poynter will replace the injured Niall O'Brien in the Ireland squad for the two-ODI series against Pakistan in Stormont on May 28 and 30.

O'Brien fractured the fourth finger of his left hand after being struck by Simon Jones during his innings of 121 for Northamptonshire against Hampshire. As one of Ireland's most senior players, O'Brien is a significant loss for the team. Poynter last played in September 2010 against Canada and is likely to be a back-up for Surrey batsman Gary Wilson, who is first choice to take up the wicketkeeping role.

"It's obviously a big blow to lose Niall as he has been in such excellent touch this season," Ireland coach Phil Simmons said. "We're lucky in that we have Gary Wilson as a back-up keeper, and Andrew Poynter has never let us down any time he's been called upon."

O'Brien was frustrated to miss out but hoped to return to action soon. "It's so disappointing to miss these games, as I've obviously good memories of playing Pakistan after winning the Man-of-the-Match award when we beat them in the 2007 World Cup," he said. "I'll have another x-ray in ten days and would hope to be back playing in about three weeks."

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  • MANU on May 26, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    Ireland will miss their best player in the series.Seeing his form in county,he could have been a real threat to Pak.Wilson was in bad form in county this season.No one can be a good replacement to Niall as batsman.

  • Dummy4 on May 26, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    Can't wait ... and many thanks to Pakistan for coming for a couple of games. With Afghanistan in Pakistan for a tour if that all goes off ok I would like to see Ireland offering to do a short tour in reciprocation and as part of the re-establishment process of test cricket there. This would not only help Pakistan and the ICC but would help embed Ireland as a team at or close to, the top table willing to do the things that help cricket globally while reinforcing their cause to be given a roadmap to get test status.

    Having said all that - we need to perform in these games, it feels like every time we take the field we have something to prove and this is no exception. 1 win out of 2 would be great and I would settle for good games and close losses but if we get a blowout or worse two blowouts - the naysayers will be out in force.

    Still we have a good team and some depth, which will be tested, if the weather is kind, at Stormont. Come on the lads the road to test status starts here

  • Cricket Fan on May 24, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    All of the first I congrats Nial Obrien because 121 for Northamptonshire against Hampshire. I hope He can play against Srilanka and England soon. It is good to get chanceto plya a big ODI for thier young players.

    All the best Ireland. Never miss this chance.............

  • Dummy4 on May 23, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Not good news, with all respect to Wilson and Poynter, neither can replace Niall, especially behind the stumps :(...

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