In-form Harry Tector and Andy McBrine have both been named in Ireland's 14-player squad that will compete in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Qualifier in Oman next month.
Tector showed true quality with the bat during the recent ODI series win against the West Indies, while McBrine was a star with both bat and ball throughout the Covid-affected tour in the Caribbean.
The team now embark on the qualification process for the shorter form of the game, at the T20 World Cup qualifiers, which will take place between 15-24 February.
The top two teams from this qualifier event progress to the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in October-November 2022.
The squad consists of 14 players, with two additional travelling reserves as part of the tournament’s Covid protocols, and will leave Dublin for Oman on 4 February, where they will play some fixtures during the lead-in period to the Qualifier.
Chair of National Men's Selectors and World Cup 2007 player, Andrew White said that the entire squad impressed the selectors for the grit and resilience shown on the difficult trip abroad throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
"We were all pleased to see the resilience, grit, and fight by the squad on display in the West Indies – these are characteristics that have always been part of Irish cricket, and I know the team is looking to exemplify this in their on-field performances," said White.
"Hopefully, we can carry the confidence and momentum of the recent series forward to the Qualifier and beyond.
"The individual performances of the likes of Andy McBrine and Harry Tector were well reported, but the willingness of the squad as a whole to battle through a challenging tour and finish the way they did is a great credit to them.
Ireland Men’s squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
Travelling reserves: Neil Rock, Ben White
Group Stage fixtures
18 February: Ireland Men v UAE Men (2pm start, local time; Academy 1)
19 February: Ireland Men v Bahrain Men (2pm start, local time; Academy 2)
21 February: Ireland Men v Germany Men (10am start, local time; Academy 1)
Top two teams from each Group progress to a semi-final, the two winners of these then qualify for the T20 World Cup.