Cricket Ireland on Monday (January 28) announced squads for Afghanistan series and Quadrangular T20 International series in Oman featuring Scotland and the Netherlands as well.
Following the Quadrangular series in Oman, where Ireland will play a game each against Oman, Scotland, and Netherlands in the quadrangular T20I tournament next month, they will travel to India to play three T20Is, five One Day Internationals and one-off Test against Afghanistan in Dehradun.
Paul Stirling has been given the responsibility to lead Ireland in the T20I series in Oman and India after regular captain Gary Wilson missed out on tour with an eye condition, while William Porterfield will continue to lead the troops in ODI and Test series against Afghanistan.
Andrew White, the chairman of selectors for Ireland, said: “Gary [Wilson] is going to be a big miss for us - but it was decided that he should continue recovery in the short-term with the longer-term priority of being a key member of a busy home schedule, and leading the T20 squad to the T20 World Cup Qualifier campaign in late 2019.”
He continued, “In his absence, we have asked Paul Stirling to stand-in as T20 skipper. Stirlo is one of Ireland’s most experienced and successful exponents of this format of the game, and has gained a wealth of experience playing around the world – for Ireland, Middlesex and various franchise teams in global T20 leagues. This is the first time he has been handed the captaincy of the national side, so will undoubtedly be a proud moment for not only himself, but his family.”
Meanwhile, Stirling is excited to lead Ireland’s in the upcoming fixtures, saying: “It’s a privilege to have been asked to captain the side in Gary’s absence, I will relish the challenge. Having started off in this side as a young player in 2008, the influence of senior players like Trent Johnston, Kyle McCallan, Andrew White and Ed Joyce were huge in developing the cricketer and the person. Myself, along with the other senior players and management in this squad, will look to create an environment where players coming through who are hungry for success can flourish both on and off the field.”
Ireland has named some uncapped players to their squads for the upcoming contests after impressing with their show in Ireland Wolves tour of Sri Lanka.
White signed off by saying, “With regards to some of the new faces, there is no denying the performances of James McCollum, James Cameron-Dow, Shane Getkate and Harry Tector on the current Ireland Wolves tour have impressed selectors.”
Check out here complete Fixtures and Squads:
Oman Quadrangular T20 Series: Paul Stirling (Captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker
T20 Squad for Afghanistan Series: Paul Stirling (Captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker
ODI Squad for Afghanistan Series: William Porterfield (Captain), Andrew Balbirnie, James Cameron-Dow, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker
Test Squad for Afghanistan Series: William Porterfield (Captain), Andrew Balbirnie, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker
The quadrangular tournament in Oman -
9 February: Ireland v Oman Development XI (T20)
10 February: Ireland v Oman Development XI (T20)
13 February: Ireland v Oman (T20I); Scotland v Netherlands (T20I)
15 February: Ireland v Scotland (T20I); Oman v Netherlands (T20I)
17 February: Ireland v Netherlands (T20I); Scotland v Oman (T20I)
Ireland v Afghanistan series -
21 February – 1st T20I
23 February – 2nd T20I
24 February – 3rd T20I
28 February – 1st ODI
2 March – 2nd ODI
5 March – 3rd ODI
8 March – 4th ODI
10 March – 5th ODI
15–19 March – Test Match
(With ICC Inputs)