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Test match venue of historic clash shifted for school sports competition

Test match venue of historic clash shifted for school sports competition

A general view the Sheikh Zayed cricket stadium
This unexpected shift presents a unique opportunity for the Tolerance Oval, a smaller venue with a capacity of 12,000 compared to the Zayed Stadium's 20,000, to host this significant event.

Afghanistan vs Ireland Test: The much-awaited Test match between Afghanistan and Ireland has undergone a last-minute venue change due to a local school sports event. Originally scheduled to be played at the iconic Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the historic encounter will now take place at the Tolerance Oval.

Shifting Test for school sports:

The Abu Dhabi Schools Sports Championship has claimed the Zayed Stadium for its competition, necessitating the relocation of the Test match. This unexpected shift presents a unique opportunity for the Tolerance Oval, a smaller venue with a capacity of 12,000 compared to the Zayed Stadium’s 20,000, to host this significant event.

Ireland’s quest for historic Win:

For Ireland, this match carries extra weight. Since achieving Test status in 2018, they are yet to secure their first victory in the five-day format. This encounter against Afghanistan presents a golden opportunity to break their winless streak, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the already exciting fixture.

Cooperation Ensures Show Must Go On:

Despite the unforeseen change, the spirit of cooperation has prevailed. Matt Boucher, CEO of the Abu Dhabi cricket and sports hub, expressed his gratitude to the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Cricket Ireland, the Emirates Cricket Board, and the International Cricket Council for their understanding and flexibility in accommodating the venue change.

While the setting may have changed, the anticipation for this historic Test match remains high. Both teams, particularly Ireland, will be vying for victory, making the upcoming encounter at the Tolerance Oval a must-watch for cricket fans worldwide.

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