Singh earns first Ireland call

09 May 2017 10:19:54 EST

All-rounder Simi Singh could make his debut for Ireland on Friday after a maiden international call-up.

Indian-born Singh recently took up Irish citizenship and could debut against Bangladesh on Friday.

I've been impressed by his quality with both bat and ball.

John Bracewell

The 30-year-old replaces Andy McBrine in the squad to face the Bangladeshis and New Zealand in a tri-series, the only change to the squad on duty against England last week.

"I've been impressed by his quality with both bat and ball," said Ireland coach John Bracewell. "He is an intelligent cricketer who can adapt to all situations depending on the match situation. He strikes the ball very cleanly, has good technique and scores all around the wicket.

"His bowling is strong with subtle variations, mixing up his pace and he extracts good turn and bounce from the pitch."

Singh has impressed with Ireland Wolves, the equivalent of the England Lions, and McBrine will now turn out for the Irish second string.

"Andy is still very much in the selectors' minds, but we felt that it would be beneficial for him to play for the Wolves this week in the warm-up games against the Bangladesh and New Zealand XI's," Bracewell added.

"He's a strong character and hopefully he'll respond positively with good displays this week. We've selected 14 for the first two games, and we have the option of bringing others in for the following week's matches."

Ireland host Bangladesh and New Zealand, on Sunday, at Malahide, Dublin, looking to improve a record of seven wins and 15 losses in their last 22 one-day internationals.

Ireland can be backed at 200/1 to win the 2019 World Cup, with hosts England 7/2 and India 9/2.

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