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Ireland unchanged for Pakistan ODI series


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Ireland face Pakistan in Dublin on May 23 and May 26. -Photo by AFP
Ireland face Pakistan in Dublin on May 23 and May 26. -Photo by AFP

DUBLIN: Ireland coach Phil Simmons on Tuesday named an unchanged squad for the two upcoming one-day international matches against Pakistan, who are using the series as a warm-up for the Champions Trophy.

Simmons has kept faith with the squad that moved a step closer to qualifying for the 2015 World Cup with back-to-back wins over United Arab Emirates in March.

Ireland's only 50-over success against Pakistan arrived at the 2007 World Cup but they suffered a 2-0 home series defeat in Belfast two years ago.

They will be without all-rounder John Mooney for the opener on May 23, after he was banned following Twitter comments he made about the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Ireland squad to face Pakistan in Dublin on Thursday, May 23 and Sunday, May 26: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien (wkt), James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

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