Cricket Ireland has their team of 18 members for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be played in October-November in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Unlimited spinner Graham Kennedy was selected in the outfit under the guidance of senior player Andrew Balbirnie.
Leg spinner Gareth Delany made his return, but the 24-year-old medium-pacer William McClintock, who recently made his international debut against Zimbabwe, has been left out.
‘I think Gareth Delany’s return was a big factor. It’s not something William McClintock did or did not do that influenced the decision. “I thought the way he was managed by the South African series and being involved with the team and the senior players was crucial to him.” said Andrew White, Chairman of National Men’s Selectors, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
“He did everything that was asked of him. But as for the balance of the team, it is clear that Gareth Delany is coming back and then making sure we have the necessary spinners at our disposal for the conditions we are likely to experience in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. IPL is coming now, so we expect the stands to turn and be low and slow, so we had to consider that. It was clearly a pity that William missed it. “ added White.
Ireland are in a group consisting of the Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia in round 1. They must finish as one of the top two teams to reach the Super 12s. Before the start of Round 1, the Irish team will play two warm-up matches against Papua New Guinea on 12 October and Bangladesh on 14 October.
Here is the team from Ireland (including three reserves) for the T20 2021 World Cup:
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
Please note: The team of 18 players will be regrouped in early October into a core equipment of 15 members plus three travel reserves.