Dublin, June 30 (MNN) Cricket Ireland on Wednesday announced One-Day International and T20 International squads for home fixtures against South Africa in July.
The three-match ODI series forms part of the ICC World Cup Super League and will be played at Malahide. The T20I series will be split between Malahide and Stormont.
National Selectors’ Chair Andrew White said: “The World Cup Super League series against South Africa represents our first such fixtures on home soil… we are confident the squads will provide Graham Ford and Andrew Balbirnie with plenty of options. Sustained improvement of George Dockrell’s batting has provided us solidity and experience in the middle order, while it has been great to see our bowling strike force performing well in recent IP50 matches and at the two recent T20 festivals.”
“We’re delighted to welcome back Curtis Campher from injury – I know he’s raring to go after over a month out of the game. The all-round potential of Graham Kennedy is also something we want to continue to develop. We took Graham on the recent Netherlands tour as a development opportunity, but as we have seen over recent months, his late middle order batting and left-arm spin offers further variation and options for us.”
“With the recent ODI retirement of Kevin O’Brien, the value of having the experience of William Porterfield in the set-up is as crucial as ever, and his recent form at inter-provincial level has demonstrated that he is still hungry to succeed.”
“Regarding the T20I squad, we’re looking at the series as a chance to expose a wider pool of players to the international arena and look at combinations ahead of the T20 World Cup in October.”
Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, William Porterfield, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, William McClintock, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.