Cricket Ireland announced a 14-player roster on Saturday for the Men’s One-Day International series against New Zealand, which is scheduled to take place from July 10-15 in Malahide. The three-game series will be part of the ICC World Cup Super League, with 30 crucial points up for grabs. Ireland also made maiden call-ups for two of the North West Warriors squad – best hitter Stephen Doheny and bowling all-rounder Graham Hume. Both players recently received permanent contracts from Cricket Ireland.
Andy Balbirnie becomes captain of the 14-man squad. Of the players who made up Ireland’s most recent 50-over engagement, a 2-1 win in the West Indies in January, William Porterfield has recently retired, while Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock and Ben White were left out.
Ireland will close three ODIs with New Zealand in Malahide between 10 and 10 July, with points for the World Cup Super League on offer. They then play a T20I series against the same opponent in Stormont.
Andrew White, president of the National Men’s Selectors, said: “Taking on the number one ODI side in the world will always be a challenge, but with 30 World Cup Super League points at stake, this series will become even more important. The format in which we have performed most consistently in recent years, and despite the age profile of many in the squad is young, they have gained some significant experience in recent times in finding ways to win against top clubs.”
“With the recent retirement of William Porterfield, we have called up Stephen Doheny to his first ODI squad. Stephen has impressed coaches and selectors with his stroke play and is now beginning to turn starts into defining and game-setting innings’ at the inter-provincial and Wolves level. His form has justified his call up to both white ball teams and we wish him the best,” he added.
“It’s also gratifying to see Graham Hume get his chance in the ODIs after repeated seasons of consistent form, as he qualified to play for Ireland. Hume has shown his accuracy and ability to extract resilience and movement under home conditions – we hope his talent for cashing out early breakthroughs will translate to the next level,” said White.
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (C), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker and Craig Young.
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