Cricket teams worldwide are gearing up to play in the much awaited ICC T20 Men’s World Cup 2021. Ireland has been on the frontline, shaping up its powerhouse to stay in better form when it comes. The team had a warm-up match against Scotland in their schedule that ended with Scotland winning five wickets. However, the team displayed great focus, and maybe they will right their wrongs in the upcoming UAE visit.
The fixture for the UAE tournament was announced in September by the Emirates Cricket Board, and the event will take place in October. The fixture features other matches with teams like UAE, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, and Namibia in the ‘DafaNews Summer T20 Blast’.
The Irish cricket board had released an 18-man preliminary squad for the T20 world cup. Fifteen of the players will be selected for the main team, and the other three will play as reserves. Andrew Balbirnie will steer the team with the help of his teammate Kevin O’Brien who will be with him along the way.
Gareth Delany will be making a comeback since his last appearance in 2020. The amazing off-spinner Andy McBrine will also join the team to substitute Simi Singh. Lastly, With Graham Kennedy, who is still uncapped, Ireland is likely ready to compensate for the defeat suffered in the warm-up against the Scottish. Here is the entire squad.
Andrew Bilbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Kevin O’Brian, Shane Getkate, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Graham Kennedy, Josh Little, Simi Singh, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Paul Striling, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young, Harry Tector.
In the upcoming ICC world cup 2021, Ireland is grouped alongside Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and Namibia for the first round. They kick off the tournament by playing against the Netherlands. However, the Irish coach has highlighted that they expect a competitive game, referring to when the Dutch beat them in the 50-over series with six of their players scoring centuries. The Irish are therefore gearing up to one of the biggest games they have ever played, and this could be an uphill task if they stumble at any point.
Concerning the Namibians, the coach added that he has seen how much the Namibian team has improved and acknowledged their hard work. Considering they have Albie Morkel in the squad, they are well-prepared, and they might include a few South African superstars who are likely to shake the ground. Every game coming at them is major, and the team needs to prepare and deliver their best.
First T20I: October 7 – Ireland vs UAE at the ICC Academy Oval starting at 9 am local time
Second T20I: October 8 – Ireland vs UAE at the ICC Academy Oval starting at 9 am local time
Third T20I: October 10 – Ireland vs UAE at the ICC Academy Oval starting at 9 am local time.