T20 World Cup 2021: Ireland Cricket announces a 15 member squad for the Marquee Event

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Cricket Ireland announced a 15 member final squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 on Friday. Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, and Barry McCarthy have been excluded from the final squad which will be led by Andrew Balbirnie.

The 15 member squad will also tour UAE for a three-match bilateral T20I series, starting October 7. The trio who missed out will be a part of the reserves that will travel with the squad. Speaking about Ireland’s final squad, Andrew White the chairman of the National men’s selection committee said, “It was always going to be a very difficult decision to reduce the squad from 18 to 15 – every player out in Dubai at the moment has proven their talent and deserved their chance. The three players who have missed out will still have a role to play in supporting the core squad, and stay on within the team bubble as cover in case of injury or illness“.

“Part of the selector’s decision-making was around the conditions in both Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, but we also factored in [Head Coach] Graham Ford’s on-the-ground assessment of what he believes to be our most effective combination of players to win games of cricket.”

“We are confident that the squad of players selected have the ability and the determination to take us into the next round of the tournament, but ultimately it will be about putting together performances that are deserving of it. We wish Fordy and the lads all the best for the challenge ahead, and we’re sure they will do Irish cricket proud.”

The marquee event will kickstart from 17th October in Oman & Dubai will host the final on 14 November. Ireland’s World Cup campaign will commence on October 12 with a warm-up match against Papua New Guinea. After two warm-up matches, Ireland will lock horns with the Netherlands on October 18 in Round 1 of the tournament. That game will be followed by matches against Sri Lanka and Namibia, on October 20 and 22 respectively. The top two teams from the group will qualify for the Super 12 stage.

Ireland T20 World Cup 2021 Squad: 

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.

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