Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie will miss tomorrow’s opening interprovincial of the season between Leinster Lightning and North West Warriors because he is in quarantine.

Balbirnie has returned from his duties with Glamorgan — for whom he played the first three county championship matches of the season as a stand-in for their overseas professional, Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne — but regulations in the Republic have forced him to self isolate on his return to Dublin for five days.

As he only got back home yesterday (day 0), he has to take a Covid test on day five, which is Tuesday — the day of Lightning’s second game, against Northern Knights, meaning he is also ruled out of that one.

Two other members of the Lightning core squad of 12 also miss the behind-doors game in Pembroke tomorrow (10.45am) — Josh Little, who is recovering from an elbow injury, and fellow pace bowler Rory Anders, who has study commitments.

The three replacements for Lightning are Phoenix batsman Jamie Grassi and the Malahide pace bowling pair, James Newland and David O’Halloran, the latter’s first involvement with the senior squad.

That could open the door for a full-strength Warriors side to claim a first 50-over victory over Lightning, and captain Andy McBrine is targeting a serious assault on a title which the Warriors have never won since it was first played for in 2013.

“It’s probably the best balanced team we have had since we won the three-day competition in 2018,” said McBrine. “We’ve loads of options with the ball and three new batters (Stephen Doheny, William McClintock and Shane Getake) coming in, so we will look to play our own brand of cricket and the results will hopefully take care of themselves.”

The biggest change in the Warriors set-up this year is the appointment of retired international Gary Wilson as coach — and McBrine feels he will make a big difference.

“You can’t underestimate Gary’s knowledge of the game,” he added. “He has played with some of the best players in the world with Surrey and under the best coaches, so I’m sure he’s picked their pockets throughout his career and he is passing that on to us.”

Warriors will be without Will Smale, who is at university, until June, so Stephen Doheny will keep wicket, and they have added Stuart Thompson and McClintock to their core squad for tomorrow's game.

Meanwhile, Cricket Ireland have confirmed that Ireland will play two more T20 internationals against Zimbabwe in August.

The tour originally consisted of three World Cup Super League games at Stormont followed by three T20Is in Bready from August 15-20.

The teams will now return to Belfast for further games on August 22 and 24, making it a five-match T20 series.

Leinster Lightning: G Dockrell (capt), L Tucker, P Chase, JJ Garth, J Grassi, B McCarthy, J Newland, K O’Brien, D O’Halloran, S Singh, J Tector, T Tector

North West Warriors: A McBrine (capt), W Porterfield, S Doheny, S Thompson, S Getkate, G Kennedy, N McGuire, R Allen, W McClintock, G Hume, C Young, B Rankin, C Olphert