Ireland news February 15, 2012

No place for Murtagh in Ireland squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Tim Murtagh's Irish passport hasn't proved an immediate route into the Ireland team after he was left out of the 14-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 qualifying tournament in the UAE. The squad includes 12 of the players who toured the subcontinent for the World Cup.

Murtagh, the Middlesex pace bowler, had recently become eligible for Ireland but had to content with a place among the reserve players for the tournament. Rory McCann was selected as the replacement for Niall O'Brien, who wasn't considered due to his participation in the Bangladesh Premier League which meant he didn't tour Kenya, while the allrounder Max Sorensen also made the cut.

Chairman of selectors Ross McCollum said: "We felt that the squad that had been preparing together all through the winter deserved the opportunity to gain qualification. It is indeed a very experienced squad, which we feel will serve us in good stead in high pressure games.

"While we haven't named Tim Murtagh or Albert van der Merwe in the 14, both are in our named replacements, and we'll have no hesitation in bringing either in if any injuries occur. Stuart Poynter was unlucky to miss out, but we felt that given the prolific form that Rory McCann showed in domestic cricket in 2011 in the NCU, that he deserved his chance."

Ireland feature in Group B in the 16-team tournament alongside Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Uganda, Kenya, USA, and Italy. Two qualification places are on offer, for the World T20 in Sri Lanka in September.

Ireland will head to South Africa for a training camp following their current tour of Kenya. They will play three warm-up Twenty20s against the Warriors franchise before heading to UAE.

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  • SWAMINATHAN on February 16, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Where are the Marshall twins ?

  • Gordon on February 16, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    What a joke! Far too many players are moving countries just to get a game. It seems you can wake up one morning and decide you are now from another country!

  • Andy on February 15, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    We had to find room in the squad for Van Der Merwe - he's had Kenya on toast!! And we all know it turns in the UAE. Why pick Nigel Jones or Max Sorensen, more RHB RM... we have O'Brien, Mooney, Cusack and TJ already doing that role! And with regard to Rory McCann as reserve wkt-kpr, if he was in such 'prolific form' at home in 2011, why was Stuart Poynter picked for the Inter-Cont Cup matches against Namibia and Canada?? Ahh well, gripes aside (I wont start on Niall's or Tim M's exclusion), its a strong squad and I wish my boys all the best!!

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Go Papua New Guinea!!!!!!!!

  • Oh on February 15, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Joyce, Stirling, Porterfield(c), H.Marshall, Morgan, N.O'Brien(wk), K.O'Brien, Johnston, Murtagh, Dockrell, Rankin. Ireland could have quite a strong XI these days....

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    van der merwe was great in the last match along with george dockrell they form a great duo he needs his chance.gud to see boyd rankin back england dont even dare to touch these irish youngsters like dockrell and rankin ireland needs them not u.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Hmmm, Murts is Irish now? Please don't get any ideas about having him play for Ireland during the summer, we need him badly at Middlesex! Strange decision to leave him out for this, though.

  • Michael on February 15, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    I'm surprised Albert van der Merwe wasn't picked as an additional spin option given how the pitches in the UAE appear to be turning and the 12 wickets he took against Kenya earlier this week.

  • Dummy4 on February 15, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Hmmm not bringing Tim Murtagh into the squad and leaving Niall O'Brien out of the squad, could be a bad mistake. Hopefully we still qualify strongly...

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