Cricket Ireland announce squad for T20 World Cup qualifiers

Cricket Ireland have named their 15-man squad for a series in Oman and more importantly the Twenty20 World Cup qualifiers set to take place in the United Arab Emirates.

The squad is unchanged for the qualifiers from the one that won the recent Tri-Series held in Dublin against Scotland and the Netherlands, with Simi Singh retaining his place after the Leinster Lightning all-rounder was called in following an injury to leg-spinner Jacob Mulder.

David Delany, Gareth Delany and Harry Tector are all rewarded with places in the squad after impressing this month.

Gary Wilson will lead the side into what is a crucial tournament as Ireland look to seal their spot in the Twenty20 World Cup being held in Australia next year.

Ireland kick their campaign off against Hong Kong on October 18 before further matches against UAE, Oman, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria.

Before that, they will warm-up with a five-team series in Oman, which starts on October 5 against the Netherlands at the Al Amerat Cricket Stadium in Muscat.

The only change in that squad will be that David Delany misses the trip to Oman with university commitments with Barry McCarthy replacing him.

Nothing less than qualification will do for Ireland, and Chair of National Men’s Selectors Andrew White is excited by the squad that has been compiled.

“The T20 International squad gelled quickly during that last series, and the character the players displayed was admirable,” he told Cricket Ireland’s website.

“They showed the fighting spirit that Irish teams have been renowned for, so it is great to see that coming through particularly in the newer members of the squad.

“It’s a real indication of great leadership within the group, and the experience that Gary [Wilson] brings to this side. Quite often those characteristics are underappreciated, but are vital to a side that is in transition – and have been pivotal to our improvement in this format of the game.

“After his impressive debut, we would have obviously preferred to have had David Delany available for Oman as well as the Qualifier, however David is in the final year of his university studies and we have had to balance his studying and playing as best we can.

“There have been ongoing discussions with David’s university, who have supported his leave from studies that will see him available in the UAE.

“It also goes without saying that [Head Coach] Graham Ford’s recent contract extension is a vote of confidence in the direction Irish cricket is heading.

“We look forward to working with Fordie in the coming years to continue the great platform he has helped lay for the next generation.”

T20 World Cup qualifying squad: Gary Wilson (Captain), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, David Delany, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

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