Simi Singh has been named in the Ireland squad for the Tri-Nations series against Bangladesh and New Zealand which starts on Friday at Malahide.
The 30-year-old, who gained Irish citizenship last month, replaces Andy McBrine in the squad following the two weekend defeats by England.
Singh, who plays and coaches at YMCA in Dublin, has started the season impressively with strong performances for both Ireland Wolves and Leinster Lightning, and Ireland head coach John Bracewell feels he deserves his opportunity.
“I’ve been impressed by his quality with both bat and ball,” said Bracewell. “He is an intelligent cricketer who can adapt to all situations depending on the match situation. He strikes the ball very cleanly, has good technique, and scores all round the wicket.
“His bowling is strong with subtle variations, mixing up his pace and he extracts good turn and bounce from the pitch.”
Simi Said “I’m absolutely delighted with my call-up and looking forward to the matches. he said.
“I came to Ireland as a teenager with a hope of wearing the green jersey one day and feel fortunate to have that honour now”, said Singh, adding, “ I appreciate the support of my family and friends and also my club YMCA. This wonderful opportunity wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Ireland’s squad for the tri-series:
William Porterfield (Warwickshire, capt), Andrew Balbirnie (Leinster Lightning), Peter Chase (Leinster Lightning), George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning), Ed Joyce (Sussex/Leinster Lightning), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Barry McCarthy (Leinster Lightning), Kevin O’Brien (Leinster Lightning), Niall O’Brien (NW Warriors, wk), Sami Singh (Leinster Lightning) Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (NW Warriors), Gary Wilson (Derbyshire/Northern Knights, wk), Craig Young (NW Warriors), John Anderson (Leinster Lightning).