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Stormont in line to host Test next year with Afghans ready to tour


By Ian Callender

Stormont could host its first Test Match as early as next July, with reports coming out of Afghanistan yesterday saying that they will tour Ireland next summer.

Ireland's first Test against Pakistan has already been confirmed for May 11-15 with Malahide the likely venue, but a second Test is almost certain to come north, with the Belfast venue favourite ahead of Bready, which may host the one-day series between the teams.

Meanwhile, Paul Stirling, William Porterfield and Kevin O'Brien are the nominees for the Turkish Airlines Player of the Year Trophy, to be presented at the Cricket Ireland awards in Dublin tomorrow week.

Porterfield, the Ireland captain, is the year's highest runs scorer with 849, while Stirling, the player of the series against Afghanistan back in March had scores of 99 and 95 in India. O'Brien scored 72 not out to take Ireland to one of only two wins in Greater Noida; he has also taken 19 wickets this year.

Other Nominations: Inter-pro Player of Year: George Dockrell, Kevin O'Brien, James Shannon; Emerging Player: Jacob Mulder, Aoife Beggs, Rachel Delaney; Coach: Ryan Eagleson, Julie Logue, Kamal Merchant; Academy: James Shannon, Simi Singh, Club Player: George Dockrell, David Rankin, James Shannon; Male Youth International: Harry Tector, Josh Little, Graham Kennedy, Mitchell Thompson; Female Youth: Gaby Lewis, Orla Prendergast, Amy Hunter, Groundsman: Dale McDonough, Matt Read, Trevor Hamilton; Official: Mary McElwee, Gerard O'Sullivan, Andrew Mooney; Club of Year: Waringstown, Ballyspallen, Limerick.

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