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Stirling on his travels again for crack at Pakistan League



In demand: Ireland ace Paul Stirling has had a busy start to 2021

In demand: Ireland ace Paul Stirling has had a busy start to 2021

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In demand: Ireland ace Paul Stirling has had a busy start to 2021

After only a week at home, Paul Stirling enters another cricketing bubble today after receiving a late call-up to play in the Pakistan Super League, which gets under way this weekend.

It has been a busy start to 2021 for Ireland's globe-trotting vice-captain with the first month spent in the UAE with the international squad and while his team-mates headed home, Stirling stayed on to play in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, which only concluded on February 6.

Now the 30-year-old batsman will spend the next five weeks in Karachi playing for Islamabad United with England's Alex Hales and Phil Salt his team-mates in a likely top three.

Stirling, who became available when Ireland's tour to Zimbabwe was cancelled, got the call-up after Colin Munro withdrew because of quarantine restrictions in his homeland of New Zealand.

Stirling left just 24 hours before the Ireland Wolves squad flew to neighbouring Bangladesh for an eight-match tour, led by Harry Tector, but without George Dockrell.

The experienced slow left-arm bowler was due to captain the Wolves in the opening four-day tie against Bangladesh 'A' but has opted out and will be replaced in the squad by Woodvale's new signing, Ruhan Pretorius.

The whole tour will be overseen by head coach Graham Ford, who was originally only due to be present for the second half but Pete Johnston has also decided not to travel based around family circumstances.

Cricket Ireland also confirmed yesterday that David Delany, Ireland's fastest bowler, has had further surgery on his left knee - the same injury that forced him home early from the T20 World Cup qualifiers in UAE in late 2019 - and this time he is likely to be out for three to six months. 

Belfast Telegraph