Ireland head coach Graham Ford will miss the upcoming T20 International series with Afghanistan to recover from injury, with assistant coach Rob Cassell taking over for the series.

After it was reported last week that Ford would return home to Ireland from the current Ireland Wolves tour in South Africa, further medical assessment and treatment has resulted in advice that Ford should stay for rehabilitation in Dublin, rather than travel with the senior squad to India on Sunday.

Another coach will be added to the support staff in coming days to assist Cassell.

One minor amendment to the itinerary for the tour has been made, all three matches of the series will now start at 2pm (local time) or 8.30am Irish time, with the first game no longer under lights.

The change has been brought about due to unseasonal dew at night in the region.

Cricket Ireland are taking advice from Government, Health and Sporting Bodies on travel to Asia during the current coronavirus outbreak.

There is currently no advisory against travelling to northern India. However, Cricket Ireland will continue to monitor the situation.

The fixtures will be played at the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh in India – the matches being:

  •   Friday 6 March 2020  
  •   Sunday 8 March 2020  
  •   Tuesday 10 March 2020