The 15-man squad list of Ireland has been released with William Porterfield set to lead the side. The squad picked for the World Cup is the same that will be a part of a training camp in Dubai. Ireland is also scheduled to play a tri-series with Afghanistan and Scotland ahead of the World Cup tournament.
“It’s fantastic to be leading Ireland in another global tournament,” said Porterfield. “We’ve produced some wonderful performances over the years in World Cups, and there’s no reason why we can’t claim further successes in Australia and New Zealand. There’s a great mix as always in the squad, and the younger guys coming through are all hungry which keeps the more experienced players on their toes. Competition for places has been fierce and that’s got to be good for Irish cricket,” he added.
Head coach, Phil Simmons also said that Ireland will be helped by a few more players even though they’re not a part of the squad.
“Max Sorensen, Graeme McCarter, Eddie Richardson, Tyrone Kane and Barry McCarthy will all bowl in the nets and will provide a great resource in our build-up. It’s our intention to have some additional players based in Australia to provide cover for the World Cup squad, and we’ll finalise those arrangements in the coming weeks,” said Simmons.
Ireland are placed in Group B along with India, Pakistan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies and UAE. They will also play a couple of warm-up matches in Sydney before the main event.
Ireland World Cup squad: William Porterfield (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien (wk), Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.