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The Hundred: Paul Stirling to replace Devon Conway at Southern Brave

By Bet Barter

August 4, 2021

Ireland's veteran batsman Paul Stirling is set to feature in the inaugural season. He will play for the Southern Brave in the tournament and could play the game on August 5 as well.  He replaces New Zealand's Devon Conway who got injured during the previous game and won't be available for the rest of the tournament.

Stirling has received the NoC from Cricket Ireland after Zimbabwe's tour got postponed due to complications due to COVID-19 protocols. The two teams were originally schedule to face each other from August 6 but it might get extended to September also now giving Stirling a chance to show his skills in The Hundred.

Paul Stirling is excited to play for the Southern Brave in the tournament and is looking forward to contributing to the team in the remaining fixtures. "I've watched the first few rounds of The Hundred with great interest and am delighted to have been given this chance to be involved.

"The Southern Brave team has been outstanding so far under James Vince, and I hope I can contribute to the ongoing success of the team in this inaugural season of the competition. As a new concept, it's been great to see the fans turning out to support The Hundred and it'll be great to play in front of big crowds once more," Stirling said according to Cricbuzz.

"We’re pleased for Paul to have this opportunity to compete in such a high quality competitive environment. With the rescheduling of the Ireland Men’s Zimbabwe series, this gap in the calendar has opened up an opportunity that we were only too happy to help facilitate.

"With the T20 World Cup approaching, the opportunity for one of our leading players to have an experience like this can only be beneficial. We’d like to thank the management team at the Southern Brave for working so efficiently to make this happen," Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland said.

Southern Brave are currently placed at the seventh position in the points table. The team is slowly gaining momentum and have won their last two matches after losing the first two.