Intercontinental Cup 2011 August 29, 2011

Kevin O'Brien to lead Ireland against Namibia

ESPNcricinfo staff

With the county season reaching its end, a number of Ireland's players with commitments in England will miss the four-day Intercontinental Cup match between Ireland and Namibia in Belfast from September 6. The match was originally scheduled for early July but was postponed because the Namibia players were facing issues getting their visas. With regular captain William Porterfield missing the game, Kevin O'Brien has been appointed captain of a 13-man squad that includes some new names.

Stuart Poynter, the 21-year-old wicketkeeper, joins his older brother Andrew in the squad, while 18-year-old Graeme McCarter, who took 14 wickets in the recent Under-19 World Cup qualifying tournament, has also been included. Boyd Rankin, contracted with Warwickshire, Niall O'Brien, who plays for Northamptonshire, and Sussex's Ed Joyce will all miss the game, which is Ireland's first four-day match in this year's Intercontinental Cup. Trent Johnson will also miss the game with injury.

Ireland have recently announced they are planning to put a first-class structure in place in order to ultimately attain Test status, and this will be their first first-class match this year.

Kevin O'Brien has captained Ireland once before but only in List A games, and he said he was looking forward to leading the team in a longer format. "The four-day game gives skippers a chance to try different ideas and put their own stamp on the team," he said. "We have a few new faces in the squad for the game, with Stuart Poynter and Graeme McCarter both uncapped at senior level. This is an excellent chance for them, and the rest of the squad to make a mark ahead of the winter schedule."

Ireland had won the Intercontinental Cup three years in a row before Afghanistan won last year's event.

Ireland squad: Kevin O'Brien (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Phil Eaglestone, Nigel Jones, Graeme McCarter, John Mooney, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

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  • on September 1, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Pity Ireland still can't field Marshall and other first choice players but least we can look at some outside players :)...

  • Nair_saab on August 30, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Good move by the Irish cricket board. i am amazed to see that the most important players of the team are are wasting their time in county cricket-instead of playing for their country. AFTER ALL MONEY DOES MATTERS.subcontinent teams should send their 'A-teams' often to Ireland as it will be a win-win situation for both.

  • on August 30, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    More first class matches are to be played between these associate nations ... The talented players from these nations should be given chance to play in domestic first class matches in test playing countries ... In the process of globalisation of the game , ICC can allow associate XI ns to play in different first class structers in Australia , India , South Africa , Newzealand etcMore first class matches are to be played between these associate nations ... The talented players from these nations should be given chance to play in domestic first class matches in test playing countries ... In the process of globalisation of the game , ICC can allow associate XI ns to play in different first class structers in Australia , India , South Africa , Newzealand etc

  • on September 1, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Pity Ireland still can't field Marshall and other first choice players but least we can look at some outside players :)...

  • Nair_saab on August 30, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Good move by the Irish cricket board. i am amazed to see that the most important players of the team are are wasting their time in county cricket-instead of playing for their country. AFTER ALL MONEY DOES MATTERS.subcontinent teams should send their 'A-teams' often to Ireland as it will be a win-win situation for both.

  • on August 30, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    More first class matches are to be played between these associate nations ... The talented players from these nations should be given chance to play in domestic first class matches in test playing countries ... In the process of globalisation of the game , ICC can allow associate XI ns to play in different first class structers in Australia , India , South Africa , Newzealand etcMore first class matches are to be played between these associate nations ... The talented players from these nations should be given chance to play in domestic first class matches in test playing countries ... In the process of globalisation of the game , ICC can allow associate XI ns to play in different first class structers in Australia , India , South Africa , Newzealand etc

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  • on August 30, 2011, 0:02 GMT

    More first class matches are to be played between these associate nations ... The talented players from these nations should be given chance to play in domestic first class matches in test playing countries ... In the process of globalisation of the game , ICC can allow associate XI ns to play in different first class structers in Australia , India , South Africa , Newzealand etcMore first class matches are to be played between these associate nations ... The talented players from these nations should be given chance to play in domestic first class matches in test playing countries ... In the process of globalisation of the game , ICC can allow associate XI ns to play in different first class structers in Australia , India , South Africa , Newzealand etc

  • Nair_saab on August 30, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    Good move by the Irish cricket board. i am amazed to see that the most important players of the team are are wasting their time in county cricket-instead of playing for their country. AFTER ALL MONEY DOES MATTERS.subcontinent teams should send their 'A-teams' often to Ireland as it will be a win-win situation for both.

  • on September 1, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    Pity Ireland still can't field Marshall and other first choice players but least we can look at some outside players :)...