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Gary Wilson, William Porterfield added to Ireland's coaching staff for World T20 2021

Ireland have added Gary Wilson and William Porterfield as members of the coaching staff for the upcoming World T20 2021 scheduled to take place in the UAE and Oman in October-November. The announcement was made in a statement from Cricket Ireland. 

“North West Warriors head coach Gary Wilson has joined the squad, while Wilson’s Warriors assistant coach and current international William Porterfield will join the squad today,” the statement read. 

“Ryan Eagleson, announced recently as the bowling coach for the T20 World Cup, has also today flown out to Dubai after successfully coaching the Ireland Under-19s Men’s side to world cup qualification on Sunday in Almeria, Spain,” it further added. 

All the members of the coaching staff will have to undergo a six-day mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival in Dubai before the side’s preparation camp which is slated to start on October 1. 

Ireland will first play a warm-up match against Scotland on October 5, 2021 which will be followed by three T20Is against UAE on October 7, 8 and 10 respectively. 

The team’s World T20 warm-up matches will be played on October 12 against PNG and on October 14 against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi. The Irish side will then face Netherlands in the first match of the World T20 round 1 on October 18 which will be followed by the encounter against Sri Lanka on October 20 in Abu Dhabi. 

The team will then fly to Sharjah to play Namibia on October 22. 

Recently, an 18-man preliminary squad was announced which will eventually be reduced to 15 for the tournament. The other three players will travel as reserves. 

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