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05-Dec-2019 12:11:00 GMT
Ireland in West Indies 2020

Ireland name Balbirnie captain for West Indies tour

Dublin: Andrew Balbirnie, who was recently named Ireland captain for all three formats, is set to officially lead them for the first time when Ireland travel to the Caribbean for three one-day internationals and as many T20 internationals in January next year.

Balbirnie was named in charge of 14-man squads for the two bilateral series, announced on Thursday, 5 December, by Cricket Ireland.

The 28-year-old opening batsman was handed over the mantle last month, initially assuming charge of the Test and ODI teams in the aftermath of the resignation of former captain William Porterfield, before replacing Gary Wilson as leader of the T20 outfit, too, in late November.

Both Porterfield and Wilson remain a part of the squad, however, albeit Porterfield only in ODIs, in keeping with his recent absences from the 20-over outfit.

ODI squad:
Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

However, there were other changes to both squads. South African-born all-rounder Shane Getkate found himself out of both squads.

Getkate received limited opportunities at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2019 in Dubai, but couldn’t make the most of them, with two matches yielding a return of seven runs and zero wickets. He went at an economy rate of 7.80.

Ireland will play three ODIs and three T20Is against West Indies on the tour, starting January 2020.

T20I squad:
Andrew Balbirnie (Captain), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.

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