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Zimbabwe blocks Irish path in World T20 warm-up

By Staff Reporter

A number of the Ireland squad will have a familiar face in the opposition when they meet Zimbabwe in their second warm-up match ahead of the World Twenty20 in India.

Tawanda Mupariwa, last year's professional at Strabane, has been called into the Zimbabwe squad as one of three replacements because of injury and could be facing North West Warriors players Andy McBrine, Stuart Thompson and Craig Young when the teams meet in Dharamsala on Saturday morning.

First up for the Irish squad, who flew into the northern Indian city on Tuesday - their base for the next 11 nights - is a game today against Hong Kong, who defeated Ireland in the qualifying tournament in Malahide last July.

After a week's training camp in Mohali, the players are all itching to get back into action and the batsmen, in particular, have much to prove. They have failed to reach 150 in any of their last 12 T20 internationals, which included defeats to Papua New Guinea and UAE on their recent tour to Queensland and Abu Dhabi.

Ireland's first match in the World T20 is against Oman on Wednesday, followed by games against Bangladesh and Netherlands. Ireland will have to win at least two to make it to the Super 10 stage when the top eight Test nations join in.

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