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03-Dec-2017 12:06:00 GMT
Afghanistan v Ireland 2017-18

Ireland to take on Afghanistan in Sharjah

Dubai: Ireland and Afghanistan will lock horns in a three-match One-Day International series in Sharjah from December 5, Cricket Ireland confirmed on Thursday. The second and third ODIs will be held on December 7 and December 10 respectively.

Ireland is currently preparing for its final ICC Intercontinental Cup clash against Scotland in Dubai from November 29 to December 2, and will gear up for the Afghan challenge soon after.

The newest entrants to Test cricket have been in the thick of a growing rivalry over the last two overs with Afghanistan getting the better of Ireland on a number of occasions.

This series provides both teams with essential match-practice in the lead-up to the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March.

Ireland and Afghanistan became full members of the International Cricket Council in June, taking the number of countries who play the game's oldest format from 10 to 12.

1st ODI - Dec 5, 2017
2nd ODI - Dec 7, 2017
3rd ODI - Dec 10, 2017

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