Ed Joyce: Ireland veteran batsman rested for two one-day games in the UAE

Ed Joyce
Ed Joyce will be available for Ireland's one-day series against Afghanistan in India later this month
ODI: United Arab Emirates v Ireland
Date: Thursday, 2 March Venue: ICC Academy Ground, Dubai Start: 06:00 GMT
Coverage: Scorecard and report on BBC Sport Website

Ireland batsman Ed Joyce will be rested for the one-day games against the United Arab Emirates on Thursday and Saturday.

Sussex's Joyce will not feature until the one-day series against Afghanistan later this month after undergoing knee surgery before Christmas.

Peter Chase replaces Joyce, 38, in the Ireland squad for the games in Dubai.

Bowler Boyd Rankin is also being rested this week before rejoining the squad for the Afghanistan games in India.

Coach John Bracewell has to decide whether Gary Wilson or recalled Niall O'Brien will keep wicket on Thursday.

O'Brien missed the recent Desert T20 tournament in the Emirates while Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh also returns to the Ireland squad.

After this week's one-day games, Ireland will travel to Greater Noida in India for nine matches against Afghanistan across three different formats.

IRELAND SQUADS

ODI squad v UAE - Dubai

William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Peter Chase, Jacob Mulder, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

T20 squad v Afghanistan - Greater Noida

William Porterfield, George Dockrell, Peter Chase, Jacob Mulder, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Greg Thompson, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

ODI squad v Afghanistan - Greater Noida

William Porterfield, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Jacob Mulder, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

ICC Intercontinental Cup v Afghanistan - Greater Noida

William Porterfield, John Anderson, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Jacob Mulder, Tim Murtagh, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

Ireland Fixtures
OppositionDate
UAE2 March (ODI)
UAE4 March (ODI)
Afghanistan8 March (T20)
Afghanistan10 March (T20)
Afghanistan12 March (T20)
Afghanistan15 March (ODI)
Afghanistan17 March (ODI)
Afghanistan19 March (ODI)
Afghanistan22 March (ODI)
Afghanistan24 March (ODI)
Afghanistan28-31 March (Intercontinental Cup)

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