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Mooney included in Ireland squad

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May 14, 2013

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Ireland squad to play Pakistan

  • William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Ed Joyce, John Mooney*, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.
  • *Mooney is suspended for the first match on May 23.

Ireland have named an unchanged 14-man squad to take on Pakistan in two ODIs at the end of the month. John Mooney is included, despite being unavailable for the first match after being suspended over a tweet about the death of Baroness Thatcher.

William Porterfield will lead the side, who beat UAE in both their World Cup qualifiers in March, and Ireland's coach, Phil Simmons, is eyeing an upset against Pakistan, who are touring in preparation for the Champions Trophy in England.

"We've always got a chance in our conditions," Simmons said. "We've turned in some strong performances in recent years especially against England and Australia and lost matches we should have won. We're getting stronger all the time and we'll be well prepared and try to put them under pressure from the start.

"There's a great atmosphere at Clontarf with the Irish fans behind us, and with a full house expected for both games, I'm hoping they can get us over the line against Pakistan. It's certain to be a great carnival of cricket over the two days. We know how important it is to keep the momentum going with Irish cricket and we'll be looking for headline victories in our marquee games this year."

Both ODIs, which will take place on May 23 and 26, are close to being sold out. Ireland have been keen to play more cricket against Full Members and Simmons said his players were looking forward to another opportunity to cause a surprise against the nation they memorably beat at the 2007 World Cup.

"There's no doubt we're going to be up against it in both games, but that's what we want," Simmons said. "We're crying out for this type of challenge and it's fantastic that we've got these two ODI's against one of the games superpowers."

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Posted by   on (May 17, 2013, 2:56 GMT)

Can't say I've ever heard of James Shannon, but it's a strong side and I hope we do well! Murtagh and Wilson have been excellent in the Championship so far, and Porterfield, Dockrell, Stirling and the brothers O'Brien are all very good players.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

i hope ireland whitewash pakistan

Posted by   on (May 14, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

hay man mention the Afghanistan also

Posted by ManuWarriors on (May 14, 2013, 15:08 GMT)

I appreciate ICC for providing chance for the not so well known teams to play against the super powers of Cricket. They should regularly provide teams like Ireland, The Dutch, UAE, and other such teams to play against India, Pak, SA, Aus to prove that even these teams know to play a fair game of Cricket, whatever the results may be. These opportunities give an extra boost for these teams to join the league of Super Cricket.

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