Less than 24-hours after featuring in the second T20I match against India at Malahide, Ireland all-rounder Kevin O’Brien returned to join his new teammates at the Edmonton Royals, one of six teams competing in the 2018 Global T20 Canada competition and made an impressive start for his team. Brien hit 49 runs from 17 balls on his debut in the inaugural year of the competition, which runs until 15 July, reports bbc.com.

O’Brien’s team is captained by former Pakistani international Sohail Tanvir and includes Pakistani cricket legend Afridi, big-hitting New Zealander Luke Ronchi and West Indian white-ball specialist Andre Fletcher.

Speaking upon his arrival in Edmonton, O’Brien said,”I’m stoked to be offered this opportunity in the Canadian T20 competition. We’ve just come off a challenging few weeks of T20 cricket with Ireland, and I really want to get out there and show the fans in a new part of the world how enjoyable it is to play and watch this form of the game.”

“The call came late and Niall [O’Briens brother and agent] confirmed the playing deal the morning I flew out. With the Indian T20 Internationals and now being in Canada, it has been a whirlwind few days. But I’m looking forward to the next two weeks, getting to know my new teammates and getting stuck in against some of the world’s best white-ball cricketers.”

The 34-year-old has had a year of cricketing highs and lows, and he reflected on the first half of 2018: “Obviously missing out of World Cup qualification hurt, but the emotion and experience of our first Test match in May will undoubtedly live with me for life. It has been a rollercoaster of a year to date, and now here I am in Canada of all places about to play in a T20 match. It’s a pinch-me moment.”