Dockrell to lead Ireland in Under-19 World Cup
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.