Under-19 World Cup 2012 July 9, 2012

Dockrell to lead Ireland in Under-19 World Cup

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Left-arm spinner George Dockrell has been named the captain of the national team for the Under-19 World Cup in Australia. Dockrell, who has 37 wickets from 30 ODI matches with the national senior team, said that Ireland are not going to be a "walkover" and hoped to put up a strong fight.

"There's an expectation now surrounding Irish cricket as the senior side has done so well in previous World Cups with a number of big scalps and we'll be attempting to emulate that success," Dockrell said. "We haven't beaten a major Test playing nation yet at this level so we'd like to take the spirit and attitude of the senior squad into our cricket and hopefully get a major scalp at this tournament.


"On the other side of the coin there's a certain respect now when Irish cricket is mentioned. Teams know we won't be a walkover and we're going to give them a good fight. They know they're going to have to be at their best as we can challenge them and potentially beat them."

Ireland have been drawn in a tough group with hosts Australia, England and Nepal. They play their opening game against England on August 12. 

Ireland finished tenth in the previous edition of the tournament in 2010.

Players from 10 Full Member countries born on or after 1 September 1992 are eligible to participate in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2012, while the eligibility criteria for the six Associate and Affiliate Members is 1 September 1991.

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  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2012, 1:39 GMT

    Its a tall order but George Dockrell is Irelands Shane Warne. Not only has he played in many senior games for a number of years but he has had the ball thrown to him at critical times in WORLD CUPS! and been mature and mostly our best bowler. Outside Ireland his performances for Somerset have been unbelievably good and they play him (a 19 yr old spinner!) in all forms of their game. He is a star now and an even bigger one for the future. Ireland have had unbelievable success underage for 10 years (Stirling, Dockrell, and others) this will be a test of whether the system is still churning out great talent. For the players on the Ireland team they know that 4 or 5 have gone on to play for Ireland not as 22 year olds but straight from this competition and the stakes are high for them - I hope for a few more gems to play EVEN in the world cup later this year if someone makes a mark .... we did it with Dockrell and Stirling and that seemed to work out ok - the door is open!

  • Virendra on July 11, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    I hope Ireland Wins the Cup

  • Karandeep on July 9, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Good luck.And I hope that you guys can cause some upsets to some of the test playing nations.

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