Ireland news

Sorensen gets 'A' contract after Rankin retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 14, 2013

Comments: 4 | Text size: A | A

Max Sorensen celebrates a wicket, Ireland v Afghanistan, Intercontinental Cup, 3rd day, Dublin, July 11, 2012
Max Sorensen impressed for Ireland in all three formats in 2012 © ICC/Rob O’Connor
Enlarge
Related Links

Ireland have awarded medium-pacer Max Sorensen a category-A central contract for the first time, as they prepare for life without Boyd Rankin. Sorensen impressed in 2012, with 31 wickets in all formats for Ireland, and he joins Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Alex Cusack and Kevin O'Brien in the top bracket.

Cricket Ireland has announced that 17 players will be contracted for 2013, down from 23 last year - although a further five, fourth-tier contracts are still to be offered. Rankin, who quit Irish cricket in order to focus on playing for Warwickshire and, potentially, England, is one to drop out, along with two other retirees: Nigel Jones, who was part of Ireland's World T20 side but has now taken up a regional development role, and Albert van der Merwe.

Ireland have already set out a plan to earn Test status by 2020 and they are beginning to develop their next generation. Four young players - Peter Chase, Tyrone Kane, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson - have been handed category C contracts, for those still in full-time education. Thompson, 21, who is studying geography at Northumbria University, made his international debut in 2012, taking 14 wickets in six matches, while Chase was Ireland's Young Player of the Year.

"There's no doubt that a key part of our success to date has been the move to professionalism," the Ireland coach, Phil Simmons, said. "We will now have 22 players on full or part-time contracts and a structure supporting the senior squad. It makes such a difference as a coach to be able to work with players on a regular basis and this has been reflected in our dominance at Associate level over the past five of six years.

Contracted Ireland players

  • A category: Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Max Sorensen.
  • B category: George Dockrell*, Ed Joyce*, Tim Murtagh*, Niall O'Brien*, William Porterfield*, Paul Stirling*, Andrew White, Gary Wilson* (*also contracted to counties).
  • C category: Peter Chase, Tyrone Kane, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson.

"The composition of the contracted players is an indication of what I strive for in my teams. There is the spine of experience as well as a number of very talented youngsters. While immediate results are paramount, it's always good to be thinking ahead and these contracts offer the younger guys some security as they look to build their careers."

The likes of Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien and William Porterfield, who have led Ireland to several notable victories in global tournaments over recent years, retained their second-tier contracts. Seven of the Associate nation's most experienced players also have deals in England and Cricket Ireland will continue to work with the first-class counties to maximise their availability.

This year, Ireland's domestic-based players will also benefit from competing in a new Inter-Provincial series of three-day, one-day and Twenty20 competitions, to commence in late April.

Richard Holdsworth, Ireland's performance director, said: "We are pleased to retain players on 'A' and 'B' category contracts from last year, and all of them still have a great deal to achieve on the international stage. It is important Cricket Ireland has plans for the future, and whilst 2013 will be a huge year for the team, we must also look ahead to major ICC events - the World Twenty20 in 2014 and the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand the following year.

"We have also awarded 'C' category contracts to four younger players who we see as a key part of our future. Seven of the 17 contracted players are also contracted to English counties, and our close relationships with those counties will hopefully allow them to play for Ireland as much as possible in addition to the ICC mandatory matches in season. In due course we shall be offering an additional five 'D' contracts to players who we feel have long-term potential, and these will be announced in time."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by nursery_ender on (February 14, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

" I think it would help Ireland if there players were not considered overseas players and could play county cricket as locals ."

They aren't and they can.

Posted by gothetaniwha on (February 14, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

I see he was born in SA , I think it would help Ireland if there players were not considered overseas players and could play county cricket as locals .

Posted by mihir_nam on (February 14, 2013, 16:10 GMT)

With Vision of 2020 Ireland is not going to be a Test Nation . Lot of player they breed will leave them for other countries(England). Ireland who are about to Start First Class domestic tournament from 2013 should press for Test Status by 2015 and should play against Bangladesh Zimbabwe West Indies New Zealand till 2020 if they want. I have said these many times they are already ready with good players in longer version to challenge Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. All the 7 Nations who were granted Test Status . took years to win Test Match. So what to expect Ireland wining at Durban or Sydney in 2020. Let them play bottom 4 teams from 2015.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

Great to see Ireland have a plan...Wish them all the best..I think Ireland should play test within 2015-16. ICC plz help them by making 1 or 2 triangular series in a year where at least 1 full nation team will play..I have a high expectation on Ireland and also see some future in Scot cricket.

Comments have now been closed for this article

TopTop
Email Feedback Print
Share
E-mail
Feedback
Print
Country Fixtures Country Results
1st ODI: Ireland v Scotland at Dublin
Sep 8, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
2nd ODI: Ireland v Scotland at Dublin
Sep 10, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
3rd ODI: Ireland v Scotland at Dublin
Sep 12, 2014 (10:30 local | 09:30 GMT | 05:30 EDT | 04:30 CDT | 02:30 PDT)
5th Match, Pool B: Ireland v West Indies at Nelson
Feb 16, 2015
16th Match, Pool B: Ireland v U.A.E. at Brisbane
Feb 25, 2015
Complete fixtures » | Download Fixtures »
News | Features Last 3 days
News | Features Last 3 days
Sponsored Links

Why not you? Read and learn how!