Middlesex County Cricket Club would like to congratulate both Tim Murtagh and Paul Stirling who have both been named in Cricket Ireland's 14-man squad for their UAE tour. Both players have also been awarded Cricket Ireland contracts for 2013.
Cricket Ireland have named an experienced squad of 14 ahead of their crucial tour of the UAE next month with no fewer than twelve of the squad featuring in the recent ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
Ireland coach Phil Simmons said of the squad composition: “It’s pretty much among expected lines. These games are vital in our quest to gain one of the two automatic World Cup qualification places. When the pressure is on, I’ve found there’s no substitute for experience. Nine of our squad have played for their country 100 times or more, and eleven of them have World Cup experience.
“The conditions are going to be tough and UAE have shown they’re difficult to beat on home soil with the wins last year against Afghanistan. We’ve an excellent track record against them though, and I’d be confident of picking up the wins we need to stay top of both tables.”
Ireland have organised an intensive camp and a two-day match against Canada in the run-up to the vital games. Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth explained: “We have set up a nine-day preparation camp in the UAE prior to the Intercontinental Cup match and subsequent World Cricket League Championship ODI’s. The players will acclimatise and train at the ICC’s Global Cricket Academy in Dubai, and then benefit from some match practice in a two-day match against Canada prior to moving to Sharjah, where the players will train ahead of their competition matches.
“The programme has been supported by the ICC high performance programme, who will also hold specialist sessions and key planning meetings for our sports science and medicine support staff, coaches, performance directors and CEO’s.”
The Ireland squad in full is as follows:
William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire)
Alex Cusack (Clontarf)
George Dockrell (Somerset)
Trent Johnston (YMCA)
Ed Joyce (Sussex)
John Mooney (North County)
Tim Murtagh (Middlesex)
Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union)
Niall O’Brien (Leicestershire)
James Shannon (Instonians)
Max Sorensen (The Hills)
Paul Stirling (Middlesex)
Andrew White (Instonians)
Gary Wilson (Surrey)
The fixtures are as follows:
Ireland v Canada (2-day warm-up game) March 8th-9th
UAE v Ireland (ICup) March 12th-15th
UAE v Ireland (WCLC) March 18th
UAE v Ireland (WCLC) March 20th
UAE v Ireland (T20) March 21th
To keep up to date with Middlesex County Cricket Club news and updates! Click here to visit our page or click the like button below to like us.