Ireland name experienced squad for next month's ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh
Ireland have named the 15 players currently on tour in the West Indies as their squad for the ICC World Twenty20.
Last Updated: 07/03/14 7:43am
Captain William Porterfield will be taking part in his seventh major event while coach Phil Simmons has included four tournament rookies in his travelling party.
Andrew McBrine, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon and Craig Young are all set for their first test at the highest level while regulars Ed Joyce, Niall and Kevin O'Brien and Paul Stirling add top-level experience.
"There are some new faces in the squad and their enthusiasm will help keep
things fresh," said Porterfield.
"But there's a lot of experience there too with most of the guys having played
in World Cups before.
"It couldn't have gone much better for us in 2013 but we're determined to make 2014 a success too - we won't be resting on our laurels.
"We're all determined to take Irish cricket to the next level. We're not happy
with just qualifying for finals any more.
"We want to win games while we're here and climb the rankings. We have players who I believe can make a major impact in the tournament."
Ireland take part in the first round of matches, where they will face Zimbabwe,
United Arab Emirates and Holland for the right to win through to the group stage proper, where, if successful, they will enter Group 1 along with England.
Simmons admits the preparation ahead of the tournament will have his side spot-on for when the action gets under way on St Patrick's Day.
"We've got three challenging games against the West Indies coming up, followed by a week's training camp in the UAE, before going to Bangladesh," he said.
"We play Nepal and the hosts in warm-up games so there's no danger of
us being under-cooked for the round one matches."
Squad: Porterfield (capt, Warwickshire), Cusack (Clontarf), Dockrell (Somerset), Joyce (Sussex), McBrine (Donemana), Murtagh (Middlesex), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Leicestershire), Poynter (Clontarf), Sorensen (The Hills), Shannon (Instonians), Stirling (Middlesex), Thompson (Eglinton), Wilson (Surrey), Young (Bready)