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Hardik Pandya has been selected India’s captain for the T20I series against Ireland, while Rahul Tripathi has been included in the team.

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Hardik Pandya has been selected India's captain for the T20I series against Ireland, while Rahul Tripathi has been included in the team.

Hardik Pandya has been selected India’s captain after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named a star-studded lineup for their two-match T20I series against Andrew Balbirnie’s Ireland on Wednesday, June 15.

Sanju Samson has also been included to the Irish white-ball squad.

Due to the absence of a number of regulars who will be in England training for the Edgbaston Test match, Hardik will have the opportunity to apply his leadership qualities to international cricket, something he demonstrated while captaining Gujarat Titans to the IPL 2022 title.

“It is a very big opportunity, a dream come true [moment] and [I] appreciate [it],” Tripathi told PTI. “I am very happy that the selectors and everybody believed in me and whatever hard-work I have put in, I have got the rewards. And hopefully, if I get an opportunity to play, I will try and give my best.”

The two Twenty20 Internationals will be held in Malahide on June 26 and 28.

India’s head coach on the Ireland tour will be VVS Laxman. Shitanshu Kotak (batting coach), Sairaj Bahutule (bowling coach), and Munish Bali (fielding coach) will aid him (fielding coach).

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