Ireland‘s 14-man roster for the upcoming Twenty20 series against New Zealand has remained intact as they named an unchanged squad for the T20 series against New Zealand.
They recently played a 2-match T20 series against India.
Following their three ODIs at Malahide, the last year’s T20 finalists will play the Irish in a three-match series in Belfast later this month.
It is little surprise that the same Irish squad has been named after coming agonisingly close to pulling off a shock victory over India in June. Ireland finished four runs shy of India’s 225-run total. In the first game, the Irish team had given India a little scare. They did well against a second-string Indian side.
The Selectors Are Backing The Players Who Did Well Against India: Andre White, Ireland, Chairman Of Selectors
NZ too would be without regular players and Ireland would hope to cause an upset in the series.
“Naturally, the selectors are backing the players that performed well against India,” said chair of selectors Andrew White.
“The high standards we sought were delivered upon, and we hope the squad can put in similar performances against New Zealand. The second T20 against India was a superb spectacle for the fans, but I know the coaching staff and players were gutted not to get across the line. The players should take great confidence from the past week, and we hope this can lead to greater performance consistency,” he added.
Harry Tector was particularly impressive in the India series, the team would hope that he can continue his form against NZ.
Ireland T20 squad for the New Zealand series:
Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.