Afghanistan are going to host Ireland in the far northern Indian city of Dehradun for three Twenty20 and also five one-day internationals before a five-day Test match-only the second for both countries since their entry to cricket’s elite.
Afghanistan shed to India last year in its very first Test, and also Ireland shed to Pakistan.
Since then each teams are focused on cricket’s shorter formats instead of the more traditional, longest form of the game. Afghanistan competent for the World Cup in England after edging away the more capable Zimbabwe, and will open up its campaign against Australia at Bristol on June 2. However the focus for the present time is very much on the Test match, that have to be brought forward by four days so that it didn’t conflict with the start of the Indian Premier League on March 23.
Afghanistan selectors have attempted to balance experience and also consistency with the need to cultivate more players for the international game, and have made changes to their squads for every format.
Playing in Afghanistan’s implemented home-India-will present a stern challenge to the Ireland batsmen, with the wickets prone to suit the Afghan spinners. But Porterfield was optimistic regarding his team’s prospects, especially after providing Pakistan an early frighten in his country’s inaugural Test match in Dublin last May.
“I expect this to be an excellent contest away from home,” Porterfield said. “We possess a great balance throughout the squad and also it’s great to see certain new faces get the opportunity.”