On Tuesday, September 20, Ireland National Cricket Team announced their 15-member squad for the forthcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 and the strong squad will be led by skipper Andrew Balbirnie.
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, which is the eighth edition of the multi-nation tournament, is scheduled to commence on October 16 with the group stage games. The Super 12 round will commence on October 22 and the final is set to take place on November 13 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Ireland National Cricket Team are placed in Group B of the Round 1 of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 along with the West Indies National Cricket Team, Zimbabwe National Cricket Team and Scotland National Cricket Team. The top 2 teams from the group will progress through to the Super 12 stage.
Meanwhile, all the notable names have made it to the Ireland squad and it consists of a good mix of experienced players and promising youngsters. Players like Paul Stirling, George Dockrell and Balbirnie will provide the much-needed experience to the side and the young batter Harry Tector will bring the firepower with him.
This is one of the strongest T20 squads we have sent to a World Cup – Andrew White
Chair of National Men’s Selectors, Andrew White, said that the 15-member squad of the Ireland National Cricket Team picked for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 is one of the strongest squads they have sent to a World Cup. He also said that Andy McBrine was unfortunate to miss out on the squad.
“It’s an exciting time for Irish cricket as we embark on another major global tournament. Over the last year we have been building a solid core squad, while creating more depth in our T20 cricket. I think fans have started to see the positive strides the players have been making in this format – especially with the series win over Afghanistan – and we hope we can take this momentum into the tournament in Australia,” said Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors.
“One of the most considered decisions we had to make was around our spin bowling options. With George Dockrell and Gareth Delany both having an impact this summer and the variation they bring to the attack, it came down to making a choice between Simi Singh and Andy McBrine. Andy can feel very unfortunate to have missed out this time, but we believe Simi offers more variation on Australian wickets with his ability to take the ball away from both right and left handers.
“We believe this is one of the strongest T20 squads we have sent to a World Cup and wish the team and coaching staff well for the tournament ahead.”
Ireland T20 World Cup 2022 Squad:
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
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