Full name Anthony John Ireland
Born August 30, 1984, Masvingo
Current age 32 years 148 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, Leicestershire, Leicestershire 2nd XI, Midlands, Southern Rocks
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|ODI debut||Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Aug 24, 2005 scorecard|
|Last ODI||West Indies v Zimbabwe at Kingston, Mar 19, 2007 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Bangladesh v Zimbabwe at Khulna, Nov 28, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Leicestershire v Derbyshire at Leicester, Jun 8-11, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Midlands v Matabeleland at Kwekwe, Nov 22, 2004 scorecard|
|Last List A||Lancashire v Leicestershire at Manchester, Aug 21, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Eagles v Zimbabweans at Kimberley, Sep 13, 2006 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Leicestershire at Birmingham, Jul 25, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2/82, 52, 0/16||Leics 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Chelmsford||16 Sep 2014||Other|
|2/36||Leics 2nd XI||v Lancs 2nd XI||Leicester||8 Sep 2014||Other OD|
|1, 0/26||Leics||v Lancashire||Manchester||21 Aug 2014||LA|
|1/41||Leics||v Worcs||Leicester||14 Aug 2014||LA|
|0*, 1/31||Leics||v Yorkshire||Leicester||8 Aug 2014||LA|
|2/50||Leics||v Hampshire||Southampton||6 Aug 2014||LA|
|0*, 0/27||Leics||v Gloucs||Bristol||5 Aug 2014||LA|
|4, 4/31||Leics||v Essex||Chelmsford||31 Jul 2014||LA|
|8, 0/37||Leics||v Derbyshire||Leicester||27 Jul 2014||LA|
|0/11, 6||Leics||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||25 Jul 2014||T20|
Anthony Ireland is a tall fast-medium seamer from the Midlands area of Zimbabwe. After some opportunities at junior levels, Ireland decided to improve his game in club cricket in England, and after a player rebellion of 2004 was given more opportunities to perform in Logan Cup cricket, and was included in the national team squad the following year. He struggled on his first tour, to West Indies, breaking his left hand in practice at the start of the programme. When he recovered, he struggled with his length and tended to bowl too short, which proved fatal against batsmen as adept with the pull as most West Indians. He secured a more regular place at the end of 2006 and was included in Zimbabwe's World Cup squad, although he made only one appearance.
To the chagrin of many in Zimbabwe cricket circles, he retired from international cricket on the team's return home, complaining about the country's cricketing administration, and soon after signed a two-year deal with Gloucestershire under the Kolpak agreement. While he enjoyed moderate success with the county, it surprised many when he returned to play in Zimbabwe's revamped domestic Twenty20 competition in February 2010. It remains to be seen whether a comeback to the national side is a possibility, but his county career took him to Middlesex, back to Gloucestershire and on to Leicestershire, with the latter releasing him at the end of the 2014 season.
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