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24 May 2021
Ireland announced a 15 man squad which will be led by Andrew Balbirne for their tour to the Netherlands. The men in green would play three ODIs part of the Cricket World Cup Super League and try and add to their points for a chance of qualification to the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, to be held in India.
The squad includes veterans like Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield and Paul Stirling while young guns like Gareth Delany and Mark Adair have also found a place in it.
“The squad selected, not only rewards form but provides a group of players that offer Graham Ford and Andrew Balbirnie options on any given match day,’ said Andrew White chief Selector of National Men’s team. “We have sought to provide continuity with the young players who continue to gain exposure at the international level, while still incorporating a number of experienced players whose value around such a squad goes far beyond just their performances on the field,” he added.
The Irish team which sits on the 10th spot in the Cricket World Cup Super League table with just one win in five matches have a great opportunity to gain momentum ahead of the South Africa and Zimbabwe series at home. They face the Netherlands which tied two-match series against Scotland recently. The three-match series will be played in Utrecht, the Netherlands with the first one starting on June 2.
Andrew Balbirnie (captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
The four additional players are
Peter Chase, Stephen Doheny, Graham Kennedy, David O’Halloran.
2 June 2021: Netherlands Men v Ireland Men - 1st ODI (Utrecht, 11am local time)
4 June 2021: Netherlands Men v Ireland Men - 2nd ODI (Utrecht, 11am local time)
7 June 2021: Netherlands Men v Ireland Men - 3rd ODI (Utrecht, 11am local time)