Dublin: Skipper Andrew Balbirnie will lead a strong Ireland squad at this year's ICC T20 World Cup after the European nation named their 15-player squad for the upcoming tournament on Tuesday.
Balbirnie will spearhead Ireland's assault on the four-week tournament as he was announced to captain an experienced squad that includes a good mix of talented veterans and promising youngsters.
Opener Paul Stirling, key all-rounder George Dockrell and Balbirnie provide the experience in the 15-member squad, while star batter Harry Tector and consistent pacer Mark Adair put the polish on a well-balanced outfit.
There will be no veteran batter Kevin O'Brien, who was omitted from the squad that competed in the Qualifier, before announcing his retirement from all forms of international cricket last month.
Ireland will need to negotiate their way through a tricky group in the first round of the T20 World Cup, with their opening match coming up against Zimbabwe at Bellerive Oval in Hobart on 17 October.
They then take on fellow European side Scotland and Caribbean giant West Indies at the same venue, with the top two teams from the group progressing through to the Super 12 stage of the event.
Ireland T20 World Cup squad:
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.