IRE vs NZ: Cricket Ireland announced a 14-member squad for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand slated to be played from July 10 to July 15 at Malahide. Ireland has handed maiden call-ups to two of their North West Warriors top players- top-order batter Stephen Doheny and bowling all-rounder Graham Hume. Both players were recently handed retainer contracts by Cricket Ireland.
The 14-member squad led by Andy Balbirnie will miss the services of William Porterfield who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket just one day before. The players who were a part of the squad that won the ODI series against West Indies by 2-1 in January- Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, and Ben White have been excluded from the squad.
The three-match ODI series against New Zealand will be a part of the ICC World Cup Super League & it will be very crucial for both the teams with 30 Super League Points at stake.
Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said: “Taking on the world’s number one ODI side will always be a challenge, but with 30 World Cup Super League points on the line, this series becomes even more significant. One-day cricket is the format we have performed most consistently in over the last few years, and despite the age profile of many in the squad being young, they have gained some important experience in recent times in finding ways of winning against top sides.”
“With the recent retirement of William Porterfield, we’ve called up Stephen Doheny into his first ODI squad. Stephen has impressed coaches and selectors with his stroke play and is now starting to convert starts into defining and match-shaping innings’ at the inter-provincial and Wolves levels. His form has warranted his call-up to both white-ball squads and we wish him well,” he added.
“It’s likewise pleasing to see Graham Hume get his chance in the ODIs after repeated seasons of consistent form while he qualified to play for Ireland. Hume has demonstrated his accuracy and ability to extract bounce and movement in home conditions – we are hoping his knack of prising out early breakthroughs will translate to the higher level,” White said.
Ireland will lock horns with New Zealand in three ODIs at Malahide between July 10-15. Both the teams will then lock horns in a three-match T20I series to be played from July 18-22 in Stormont
IRE vs NZ: Ireland squad
Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, and Craig Young.