Cricket Ireland have announced the 15-man squad that will represent Ireland in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. 8 of the team are based in England playing for various counties, including youngster George Dockrell. William Porterfield captains the squad after Trent Johnston's retirement, with returning players Ed Joyce, Niall O'Brien and Kevin O'Brien hoping to provide more World Cup upsets for Ireland after the memorable victory over England.
Ireland have been drawn in Pool B with South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe and United Arab Emirates, with 4 countries going through to the quarter final stage.
Ireland's World Cup kicks off on February 16th in Nelson, New Zealand against the West Indies.
Ireland World Cup Squad
William Porterfield (Captain) (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Peter Chase (Malahide), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Ed Joyce (Sussex), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Leicestershire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).
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