Ireland name five new caps for I-Cup squad

Fri, Jun 17, 2011 9:41 PM

Cricket Ireland this afternoon named their squads for the forthcoming Intercontinental Cup and one-day clashes with Namibia, as well as the tri-series in Edinburgh against Sri Lanka and Scotland.

There are no fewer than five uncapped players in the squad for the Intercontinental Cup match with Namibia. 18 year old Gloucestershire seamer Graeme McCarter is called up, while 20 year old wicket-keeper/batsman Stuart Poynter is named in a senior squad for the first time. Poynter has been in impressive form this season with MCC Young Cricketers, and the Ireland selectors have received glowing reports.

19 year old all-rounder Stuart Thompson gets the opportunity to follow in his father’s footsteps – Nigel Thompson played 18 times for Ireland between 1988 and 1992. Strabane opener Niall McDonnell is the fifth member yet to be capped at senior level.

Trent Johnston will captain the side for the 61st time in the absence of regular captain William Porterfield. Warwickshire batsman Porterfield is back at the helm for the one-day fixtures, and will be joined by county colleagues Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson, and Boyd Rankin. Nigel Jones also features in the 14, having missed out on the four-day squad due to work commitments.

The one-day squad has a more familiar look to it, with no fewer than 12 of the 15 who took part in the World Cup included. Ed Joyce isn’t available due to personal reasons, while Albert van der Merwe continues to recuperate from his elbow injury.

Gloucestershire all-rounder Hamish Marshall wasn’t considered for selection. Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom explained: “Although Hamish has declared for Ireland, he has at the same time become technically qualified for England. Irrespective of his International playing preference, his nominal England qualification releases significant payment to Gloucestershire CCC from the ECB and playing for Ireland in the upcoming matches would jeopardise these payments, which would be unreasonable on Gloucestershire within a budgetary cycle.

"Since Cricket Ireland, for a similar budgetary reason, is unable to compensate Gloucestershire for their financial loss, Hamish’s ability to play for Ireland in the short-term will remain under review. We shall remain in consultation with Hamish, Gloucestershire CCC and ECB over the coming weeks to determine how best to resolve the matter.”

The squads in full are as follows:
Ireland v Namibia – Intercontinental Cup
Trent Johnston (capt) (Railway Union), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Chris Dougherty (Brigade), John Mooney (North County), Graeme McCarter (Fox Lodge/Gloucestershire), Niall McDonnell (Strabane), Kevin O’Brien (Gloucestershire), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Stuart Poynter (MCCYC), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Limavady), Andrew White (Instonians).

One-Day squad for Namibia and Tri-Series with Scotland and Sri Lanka.
William Porterfield (capt) (Gloucestershire), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (Railway Union), Nigel Jones (Civil Service North), John Mooney (North County), Graeme McCarter (Fox Lodge/Gloucestershire), Kevin O’Brien (Gloucestershire) , Niall O’Brien* (Northants), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson* (Surrey).

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