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Experienced Ireland squad for India
08 Feb 2016 11:11
Ireland have named an experienced 15-man squad for the next month's ICC World Twenty20 in India.
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This is a group with plenty of seasoned campaigner and captain William Porterfield is just one of five players ready to embark on a fifth campaign in this competition.
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Porterfield was at the helm when Ireland first competed in the T20 global showpiece in England in 2009.
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Along with the O'Brien brothers, Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson, he has taken part in all three subsequent events in the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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Ireland have been drawn in the same group as The Netherlands, Oman and Bangladesh, with the winners qualifying for the Super 10 stage.
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Pace bowler Boyd Rankin is in the squad following his recent switch back from England, where he had hoped to forge a test career.
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Ireland will go in to the World T20 in good form having won the InterContinenal Cup last week.
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"The squad has got a real balance to it, with that blend of youth and experience that every coach likes,” said head coach John Bracewell
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“Ireland are now regular performers on the world stage so there's no fear or intimidation factors.
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"Everyone has been given a real boost by the return of Rankin and Tim Murtagh's rethink on retirement in this format. Porty (Porterfield) has plenty of options with the ball as so many of the squad are genuine all-rounders," said the New Zealander.
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"We will be well prepared for the competition, as we're currently playing Papua New Guinea, will take on the UAE later this week, and will be India for a training camp ahead of the competition.
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"It's another great chance for the squad to showcase Irish cricket to a global audience, and the guys are determined to prove they belong at the top level of the sport."
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Ireland have taken notable scalps at world cups in recent years, including Pakistan and England and they will be hoping to add to that list.
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The tournament gets underway in early match, with Ireland’s first match against Oman on 9 March.
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IRELAND SQUAD FOR ICC WORLD TWENTY20 William Porterfield (capt) (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning), Andy McBrine (Donemana), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Niall O'Brien (Leicestershire), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).
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