ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Ireland Ranking, Matches & Squad

The national cricket team of Ireland has shown impressive form in the recent T20 round of matches they played. This allows them to secure a place as one of the strongest international cricket teams. Sure, Team Ireland has been through a rough patch, but that was only for a short period. It is safe to state that their struggles in the international arena allowed them to hone their skills and master their shortcomings.

Team Ranking

As per the official ICC T20 Rankings, Ireland is placed at the eleventh position, which keeps them from automatically qualifying for the Super 12 selection of teams. They would need to work their way up by winning all the qualifying matches they will be playing against Bangladesh, Oman, the Netherlands, and Sri Lanka.

This is not Team Ireland’s first stint at the ICC T20 World Cup. Fans of the team and ardent followers of the sport know that this would be the sixth time Team Ireland is participating in this critically acclaimed sporting event.

In this context, it is also important to remember that Team Ireland failed to make a mark in the tournament in all their last five attempts which will surely put a lot of pressure on the team this year.

All hope is not lost, however, as Team Ireland is quite capable. . They displayed their prowess in 2009 when they were successful in securing a place for themselves at the Super 8s. To date, it is considered as Team Ireland’s best performance.

Squad

Ireland’s Cricket Board recently announced the final squad that will be representing the nation in this year’s ICC T20 World Cup.

The selection committee chose the players as per the performances they have shown in the recent series of T20 matches.

Andy Balbrinie will be the skipper of the team for all the right reasons. He has not only the skills but also a lot of milestones under his belt.

In this context, it is also important to note that in terms of batting skills, Ireland always struggles. The selection committee this year had a tough time selecting batsmen with consistency and game-changing skills.

However, the squad has some formidable batsmen and they are –

  • Harry Tector
  • Lorcan Tucker
  • Andrew Balbirnie – the skipper himself!

In terms of pacers, the final squad has – 

  • Adair
  • McCarthy
  • Rankin
  • Young 
  • Little 

Ireland also has the following all-rounders.

  • George Dockrell
  • Gareth Delany
  • Kevin O Brien 
  • Paul Stirling 

The final squad at a glance

  • 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

Match schedule

  • Ireland will be facing the Netherlands on the 18th of October 2021, and the match will begin at 3:30 PM IST.
  • Ireland will be facing Sri Lanka on the 20th of October 2021, and the match will begin at 7:30 PM IST.
  • Ireland will be facing Namibia on the 22nd of October, 2021, and the match will begin at 3:30 PM IST

Recent updates 

The final squad of Ireland selected for the T20 World Cup 2021, left their homeland on Friday 24th September 2021, for the UAE. Upon arrival, they maintained a six-day mandatory quarantine in the confines of their hotel till the 30th of September 2021, before beginning their training.

Reference Links:

  1.  https://cricfacts.com/ireland-team-squad-players-list-and-schedule-for-icc-t20-world-cup/
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