ICC World Twenty20 2012 August 17, 2012

Stuart Thompson included in Ireland T20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Uncapped 21-year-old allrounder Stuart Thompson has been included in an otherwise experienced 15-member Ireland squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, in which only Thompson, Tim Murtagh and Max Sorensen haven't played in a previous World Cup or World Twenty20. The team will be led by William Porterfield.

Ireland Coach Phil Simmons said that representing Ireland will be a big opportunity for Thompson, who is part of the Ireland XI team that is currently playing South Africa A at home. "He's done well at A team level and in the few senior games he's played this year," Simmons said. "It's up to him to push and cement his place in the squad."

Simmons also expressed satisfaction at the composition of the team. "Everybody has been there before and knows what's expected of them," he said. "It's good for the younger players who will learn how we do things and how we proceed at tournaments."

The Ireland squad will be without the services of John Mooney, who was ruled out because of a serious finger fracture. Simmons said that losing Mooney a day before team selection was a serious blow. "It's disappointing for both John [Mooney] and the team. He's suffered two finger injuries and this latest one won't heal in time for the start of the tournament. He's been a major part of the team for the last 3 or 4 years and it's disappointing we have to go without him.



"This will give others other an opportunity to push for his place and stake a claim. We have guys who can come in and fill the spot and if selected can hopefully fill the role of John Mooney."


Ireland are placed in Group B with Australia, whom they play on September 19 in Colombo, and West Indies.

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  • cricket2011 on August 17, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    RIGHT SELECTION. Stuart Thompson is the best option for now. He can bat and ball. All the best Ireland.

  • on August 17, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    they just need a good fast bowler like boyd rankin to partner johnston.if they have to cause some upsets !! tim murtagh is surely not as good as rankin it will take atleast 2-3 yrs more to unearth a threatening fast bowler like rankin.the best thing abt ireland is they r soo athletic on field its a joy to watch them field but the new generation ireland players frm past 2-3 yrs arent tht good to replace the likes of johnston,niall o brien ,porterfield,andrew white etc., and recently i have observed most of south african imports started entering ireland 11 team i hope ireland shd unearth some talented youngsters frm ireland !!hope they get their test status asap and become an great cricketing nation - from a die hard ireland fan frm ind

  • on August 17, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    IRELAND TEAM IS VERY GOOD,THEY CAN BEAT ANY TEAM IN THEIR DAY,BEWARE ALL TEST PLAYING TEAMS.THEY HAVE WORLD CLASS PLAYERS LIKE EDJOYCE,OBRIAN BROTHERS,FORTERFIELD,SRIRLING AND BEST BOWLER KIN.ALL THE BEST ALL IRISH PLAYERS.

  • KEVINSL on August 17, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Good selection... hope Irish will provide some great entertain for us . good luck!

  • Hattrick_Capes on August 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    COME ON IRELAND!!!

  • cricket2011 on August 17, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    RIGHT SELECTION. Stuart Thompson is the best option for now. He can bat and ball. All the best Ireland.

  • on August 17, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    they just need a good fast bowler like boyd rankin to partner johnston.if they have to cause some upsets !! tim murtagh is surely not as good as rankin it will take atleast 2-3 yrs more to unearth a threatening fast bowler like rankin.the best thing abt ireland is they r soo athletic on field its a joy to watch them field but the new generation ireland players frm past 2-3 yrs arent tht good to replace the likes of johnston,niall o brien ,porterfield,andrew white etc., and recently i have observed most of south african imports started entering ireland 11 team i hope ireland shd unearth some talented youngsters frm ireland !!hope they get their test status asap and become an great cricketing nation - from a die hard ireland fan frm ind

  • on August 17, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    IRELAND TEAM IS VERY GOOD,THEY CAN BEAT ANY TEAM IN THEIR DAY,BEWARE ALL TEST PLAYING TEAMS.THEY HAVE WORLD CLASS PLAYERS LIKE EDJOYCE,OBRIAN BROTHERS,FORTERFIELD,SRIRLING AND BEST BOWLER KIN.ALL THE BEST ALL IRISH PLAYERS.

  • KEVINSL on August 17, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Good selection... hope Irish will provide some great entertain for us . good luck!

  • Hattrick_Capes on August 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    COME ON IRELAND!!!

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  • Hattrick_Capes on August 17, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    COME ON IRELAND!!!

  • KEVINSL on August 17, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    Good selection... hope Irish will provide some great entertain for us . good luck!

  • on August 17, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    IRELAND TEAM IS VERY GOOD,THEY CAN BEAT ANY TEAM IN THEIR DAY,BEWARE ALL TEST PLAYING TEAMS.THEY HAVE WORLD CLASS PLAYERS LIKE EDJOYCE,OBRIAN BROTHERS,FORTERFIELD,SRIRLING AND BEST BOWLER KIN.ALL THE BEST ALL IRISH PLAYERS.

  • on August 17, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    they just need a good fast bowler like boyd rankin to partner johnston.if they have to cause some upsets !! tim murtagh is surely not as good as rankin it will take atleast 2-3 yrs more to unearth a threatening fast bowler like rankin.the best thing abt ireland is they r soo athletic on field its a joy to watch them field but the new generation ireland players frm past 2-3 yrs arent tht good to replace the likes of johnston,niall o brien ,porterfield,andrew white etc., and recently i have observed most of south african imports started entering ireland 11 team i hope ireland shd unearth some talented youngsters frm ireland !!hope they get their test status asap and become an great cricketing nation - from a die hard ireland fan frm ind

  • cricket2011 on August 17, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    RIGHT SELECTION. Stuart Thompson is the best option for now. He can bat and ball. All the best Ireland.