Ireland have named their squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup that’s scheduled to commence on 17th of October in UAE and Oman, Ireland have named a 18 man squad for the mega ICC event, early October they’ll name a 15 man squad and 3 will move into reserve.
Ireland do have a good batting lineup but miss a power hitter for death overs. Opening isn’t a concern with Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien at the top, a compact middle order where the team do miss a power hitter and have just a couple who can accelerate a bit, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker and Niel Rock construct the middle order. Curtis Campher and Simi Singh get a bit of spark late in the innings, Curtis and Simi both handy with the bat can accelerate and put up cameos but consistency has been an issue.
Teams are banking on spinners knowing what conditions to expect in UAE and Oman but Ireland lack a good frontline spinner, Simi Singh’s the only one, Ben White’s been in and out, Andy McBrine, George Dockrell and Paul Stirling bowl a few overs, uncapped all-rounder Graham Kennedy’s the last option. Ireland do have a good pace attack with enough options and variety, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy and Josh Little lead the pace attack, there are more options in Shane Getkate and Craig Young, pace department isn’t much of a concern and everyone’s lately performed well and key pacers have looked in good rhythm.
IRELAND’S SQUAD FOR T20 WORLD CUP : Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Neil Rock, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.
Ireland will first battle the round 1 fixtures to make it to the super 12, Ireland begin their campaign playing Netherlands on 18th of October, they next play Sri Lanka on 20th of October and for their final game of round 1 they’ll play Namibia on 22nd of October.
Ireland have a good super 12 qualification chance, middle order batting will be a concern with bowling being their strength, many collective bowling efforts have helped the side win games and the team will wish for a few more during the mega event, a good super 12 finish for Ireland will be fitting.