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O'Brien is on the move and aiming to stay at the top level

By Richard Bullick

Published 20/08/2016

New surroundings: Ireland’s Niall O’Brien has left Leicestershire
New surroundings: Ireland’s Niall O’Brien has left Leicestershire

Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien has left Leicestershire ahead of his contract expiring at the end of this season.

His departure was announced yesterday in a statement from the club which paid tribute to his efforts over the past four seasons since moving to Grace Road from Northants.

"Niall's contribution as a batsman, wicketkeeper and as a senior professional has been excellent and we wish him all the very best for the future," said Chief Executive Wasim Khan.

A veteran of Ireland's three World Cup campaigns, O'Brien's next move has yet to be revealed but the 35-year-old has confirmed he intends to continue in top-class cricket.

Meanwhile Ireland face Pakistan again at Malahide today (10.45am) determined to make amends for Thursday's trouncing by the embarrassing margin of 255 runs at the same venue.

The men in green were rolled over for a pitiful 82, their lowest score in a one-day international on Irish soil, with their last four wickets falling for only one run.

Rested star spinner Yasir Shah wasn't missed by the Pakistan side as former Instonians slow left armer Imad Wasim took five for 14 to bowl Ireland out in the 24th over.

With their T20 troubles and bad beatings by Sri Lanka and now Pakistan, it has been a disappointing year for Ireland.

Captain William Porterfield accepts that the onus is on his side to prove they can learn quickly by bouncing back.

"It is a steep learning curve but that's where we're at now with young guys coming in to play against the best sides in the world and Pakistan have come straight here from facing England," he said.

Bready's Craig Young could come in for fellow paceman Peter Chase who went for 70 in seven overs though Porterfield hasn't lost faith in one of the fresher faces in this side.

Newcomer Barry McCarthy picked up four wickets while Tim Murtagh too was economical.

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