Irish international Shane Getkate and North West Warriors Conor Olphert have flown out to join the Ireland Men's squad ahead of the second One Day International tomorrow.

All-rounder Getkate, 29, has 18 caps for Ireland.

His last international appearance was against Afghanistan in a T20 international in March last year. 

He replaces the injured David Delany in the squad, providing cover for both the squad’s batting and bowling stocks.

Pace bowler Olphert, 24, is an explosive opening bowler for his club side Bready and made his inter-provincial debut for North West Warriors in September against Leinster Lightning, taking two wickets.

He is uncapped at international level and has been brought in as a net bowler for the Irish side, given the need due to Covid-19 protocols.

Olphert is the son of Mark Olphert, who made an appearance for Ireland in 1998 against a touring Australia 'A’ side.

Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said: "While it was a disappointment to lose David Delany early in the tour, it now provides a chance for Shane to come in and try to make his mark.

"While most of his international appearances so far are in the T20 format, Shane played three ODIs against Zimbabwe in 2019 and claimed six wickets at 20 runs apiece.

"His versatility with both bat and ball will be of benefit to the squad and he has experience playing in Middle Eastern conditions.

"Conor is a very promising young pace bowler from the North West. We are sending him out as a net bowler and to give him his first taste of international touring – albeit his experience in the bio-bubble will not be a typical experience.

"Given the need for squads to provide their own net bowlers, and given the loss of Delany, we considered it a prudent option of increasing our bowling unit out in Abu Dhabi.

"We wish Shane and Conor well and look forward to the team’s fight back in game two."

Conor Olphert of North West Warriors in the centre

Getkate has welcomed to the surprise call-up: "I was delighted to get the call and for the chance to join the squad out in Abu Dhabi. I’m really looking forward to getting out there – it certainly makes a nice change from indoor training. Hopefully the guys can get some wins against UAE in the series and then bring that momentum into the Afghan series."

Olphert admits the news has taken him by surprise: "To be honest, I'm completely shocked.

"I really appreciate the opportunity to go out to the UAE. It’s not something I'd ever thought I'd get a chance to do, so I'm determined to make the most of the opportunity. I can't wait to get out there and meet up with the squad."

Getkate and Olphert have arrived in Abu Dhabi and will now quarantine for three days. They have both tested negative prior to, and on arrival.