Ireland announce squads for Kenya and UAE

Wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O’Brien has not been picked in the Ireland squad for the tour of Kenya next month because of his involvement in the inaugural Bangladesh Premier League.

The tour to Kenya will include the third round of the ICC Intercontinental Cup four-day match, two World Cup qualifying ODIs as part of the ICC 50 over League, and three Twenty20s.

“There were difficult matters for the selectors to discuss regarding Niall O’Brien’s availability,” Phil Simmons, the Ireland coach, said in a release.

“They took on board Niall’s offer to play in only the ODI’s in Kenya, join the squad for part of the South Africa camp, and then the ICC World T20 Qualifier.

“However the selectors remained consistent to their principle, regarding that all players must be available for all parts of the tour.

“Niall was not able to make himself available for the whole tour and therefore the selectors have decided not to select him for any part of the tour including the ICC World T20 Qualifier.

“We are only selecting for this tour and the next selection will be for the RSA Challenge ODI versus Australia in June; at that point they will consider all available players.

“Niall has communicated that he still wishes to play for Ireland and the selectors will take that into consideration when they next meet.”

The selectors have also announced a provisional squad for 17 players for the ICC World T20 Qualifier in UAE and a final squad of 14 will be selected from this by February 12th. This squad will also participate in a warm-up preparation camp in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Ireland squad for Kenya tour: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Ireland provisional squad for World T20 Qualifiers and South Africa camp: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

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