Andrew Poynter replaces Niall O'Brien in Ireland squad for RSA Series against Pakistan
Mon, May 23, 2011 9:47 PM
Cricket Ireland announced this afternoon that Andrew Poynter will replace Niall O'Brien in the Ireland squad for the RSA Series against Pakistan at Stormont on May 28 and 30.
O'Brien has suffered a undisplaced fracture of the fourth metacarpal shaft of his left hand after being struck by Simon Jones during his innings of 121 for Northants against Hampshire on Friday.
Ireland coach Phil Simmons said:"It's obviously a big blow to lose Niall as he has been in such excellent touch this season. We're lucky in that we have Gary Wilson as a back-up keeper, and Andrew Poynter has never let us down any time he's been called upon."
An obviously disappointed O'Brien said: "It's so disappointing to miss these games, as I've obviously good memories of playing Pakistan after winning the Man of the Match award when we beat them in the 2007 World Cup. I'll have another x-ray in 10 days and would hope to be back playing in about three weeks."