World T20 2016 February 8, 2016

Porterfield to lead experienced Ireland squad for World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

William Porterfield will be playing in the World T20 for the fifth time © Peter Della Penna

William Porterfield will lead an experienced Ireland squad for the upcoming World Twenty20 in India, with as many as five players ready to take part in their fifth tournament.

Porterfield, who also captained the team during their inaugural World T20 in England in 2009, will be joined by Paul Stirling, Gary Wilson as well as the O'Brien brothers Kevin and Niall in the 15-man squad. Boyd Rankin, who recently returned to the Ireland fold after playing seven ODIs, two T20Is and one Test for England in 2013-14, has also been included in the squad; he picked up six wickets in an Intercontinental Cup clash against Papua New Guinea last week.

"We are really looking forward to this World Cup, particularly with the return of Boyd Rankin," Alan Lewis, Ireland's chairman of selectors, said. "He gives our attack so much more balance and potency, as seen in our Intercontinental Cup win last week.

"As such a consistent performer I am also delighted to see Tim Murtagh in the squad for an event like this particularly as he missed the 2015 World Cup is such disappointing circumstances.

"These are the events that players want to excel in so hopefully with the lead time involved and the energy the team always show we can emerge out on top of the group in the first phase."

Ireland, who are in the same qualifying group as Netherlands, Oman and Bangladesh, will begin their campaign against Oman on March 9, in Dharamsala.

"The squad has got a real balance to it, with that blend of youth and experience that every coach likes. Ireland are now regular performers on the world stage so there's no fear or intimidation factors," John Bracewell, the head coach, said. "We will be well prepared for the competition, as we're currently playing Papua New Guinea, will take on the UAE later this week, and will be India for a training camp ahead of the competition.

"It's another great chance for the squad to showcase Irish cricket to a global audience, and the guys are determined to prove they belong at the top level of the sport."

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (capt), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Andy McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

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  • Nitesh on February 10, 2016, 13:03 GMT

    Well done to the Irish selectors for selecting a more than decent squad.Although they would be hurting after the recent retirements of Alex Cusack & John Mooney who already had played a major tournament in India ( i.e 2011 WC) , I expect there replacements to do a good job.To conclude, I surely am seeing them qualifying for the main tournament & from there on expect them to continue the trend of stunning the established teams.

  • Nathan Williams on February 9, 2016, 8:23 GMT

    hsk8797 only t20s so he is still here playing odis

  • Mihir on February 9, 2016, 5:08 GMT

    @naikman Ireland is still a top Associate, it dosen't go by ranking Just few months ago Ireland was on top in Rankings and in Intercontinental Cup Ireland has always been on top . So Afghanistan is second best associate , Ireland defeated more big teams at World State , Afghanistan just defeated Zimbabwe this year in ODI and T20 and they went up rankings, For more fixtures associate board should ask ICC for matches or schedule with free teams. Like Afg cricket played 10Odi's with Zimbabwe. Ireland Board is not hardworking just sit back and play what they get. In Longer format Ireland will be on Top .

  • Naik on February 9, 2016, 2:40 GMT

    Mr. MIHIR_NAM, Afghanistan is well ahead of Ireland and all associates in both ODIs and T20 International rankings. So, the top associate is Afghanistan...see world ranking. Thanks...Also, I like Ireland and all other associate countries and if they get enough chances against so called big teams, they will be able to beat these big teams and make them small...

  • Cricinfouser on February 9, 2016, 0:34 GMT


    The plan is to get Eoin back but he's not exactly helping his case ;)

  • Jonathan on February 8, 2016, 23:22 GMT

    If George Dockrell had played for a full member, no doubt he would've been up there with the best.

  • Mihir on February 8, 2016, 18:54 GMT

    With Dutch and Bangladesh in Group hope they atleast finish 2nd . Well recent performances are really bad at home T20 Qualifiers . Few recent Win over PNG won't help much to play likes of Bangladesh , Dutch are strong T20 Team . 2 More games against UAE to be played. No T20i against single full member or even T20WC qualified team will certainly hurt Ireland . Being top associate ahead of Afghanistan this is shameful scheduling by Irish Board .

  • Harmeet on February 8, 2016, 17:00 GMT

    where is ed joyce?? has he retired ?from odis too?

  • Jay on February 8, 2016, 14:29 GMT

    All I can say is, best of luck to the Shamrocks !!!!

  • Steve on February 8, 2016, 13:39 GMT

    As good a team as can be selected. Well done selectors! My only beef is with the selection of Boyd Rankin who left the team high and dry earlier and only comes back because he was permanently discarded by Eng. I would have liked that spot to go to a deserving young player who could have learned the game even if he doesn't get a game in the WC.

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