Cricket Ireland has granted approval for five centrally-contracted players to take part in the upcoming Abu Dhabi T10 League.

Paul Stirling (Team Abu Dhabi), Josh Little (Northern Warriors), Curtis Campher (Maratha Arabians) and Mark Adair (Maratha Arabians) will all take part while Kevin O'Brien will take up a coaching role with Northern Warriors.

While it is a debut appearance in the competition for Little, Campher and Adair, it will be Stirling’s fifth time playing having represented Kerala Kings in 2017, Delhi Bulls in 2018 and 2019, and Team Abu Dhabi in 2021.

The tournament – set to run from 19 November to 4 December – will feature the highest number of Irish cricketers at a single franchise cricket tournament ever.

Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said that it painted a positive picture.

"It’s a very positive sign that interest in the Irish game is increasing.

"This is not only an opportunity for the players themselves to have a great experience, but beneficial to the Irish squad as a whole, given a cohort of players are able to train and play with some of the world’s best white-ball cricketers."