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T20 World Cup 2012: Australia vs Ireland – Live Streaming

Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in their ICC T20 World Cup 2012 match at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Australia captain, George Bailey, said “The wicket shouldn’t change much. We’re going with an all-out pace attack, Cummins is in.

“I’m enjoying captaincy, looking forward to the tournament.”

Ireland captain, William Porterfield, said “We’ve got some dangerous players in the line up and the guys are ready. We’re the underdogs and we’re fine with it”

You can watch the live streaming of Australia vs Ireland from the below given link.

Australia vs Ireland T20 World Cup 2012 Live Streaming

Ireland (Playing XI): William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Kevin O’Brien, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack.

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, George Bailey(c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade(w), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc.

T20 World Cup 2012: Australia vs Ireland – Scorecard

Scorecard of the second match of ICC T20 World Cup 2012 between Australia and Ireland at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

T20 World Cup 2012: Australia vs Ireland – Scorecard

Ireland 123/7 (20/20 ov), Australia 125/3 (15.1/20 ov)

Result Australia won by 7 wickets (with 29 balls remaining)

Ireland (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
WTS Porterfield* c Starc b Watson 0 1 0 0 0.00
PR Stirling c Watson b Starc 7 12 1 0 58.33
EC Joyce c Warner b Maxwell 16 18 3 0 88.88
NJ O’Brien b Watson 20 24 2 0 83.33
GC Wilson† lbw b Hogg 5 5 1 0 100.00
KJ O’Brien c †Wade b Watson 35 29 5 0 120.68
AR Cusack not out 15 14 1 0 107.14
DT Johnston b Starc 7 7 1 0 100.00
NG Jones not out 14 10 0 1 140.00
Extras (lb 3, w 1) 4
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 123 (6.15 runs per over)
Did not bat GH Dockrell, WB Rankin
Fall of wickets 1-0 (Porterfield, 0.1 ov), 2-15 (Stirling, 3.3 ov), 3-25 (Joyce, 5.5 ov), 4-33 (Wilson, 7.2 ov), 5-85 (NJ O’Brien, 14.3 ov), 6-86 (KJ O’Brien, 14.6 ov), 7-101 (Johnston, 17.1 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
SR Watson 4 0 26 3 6.50 (1w)
MA Starc 4 0 20 2 5.00
PJ Cummins 4 0 29 0 7.25
GJ Maxwell 2 0 12 1 6.00
DT Christian 2 0 11 0 5.50
GB Hogg 4 0 22 1 5.50

Australia (target: 124 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
DA Warner c KJ O’Brien b Dockrell 26 23 4 0 113.04
SR Watson run out (Johnston) 51 30 5 3 170.00
MEK Hussey lbw b KJ O’Brien 10 11 0 0 90.90
CL White not out 22 19 3 0 115.78
GJ Bailey* not out 6 8 1 0 75.00
Extras (lb 4, w 6) 10
Total (3 wickets; 15.1 overs) 125 (8.24 runs per over)
Did not bat GJ Maxwell, MS Wade†, DT Christian, GB Hogg, PJ Cummins, MA Starc
Fall of wickets 1-60 (Warner, 7.1 ov), 2-91 (Watson, 10.1 ov), 3-95 (Hussey, 10.6 ov)
Bowling O M R W Econ
WB Rankin 4 0 28 0 7.00 (5w)
DT Johnston 2 0 21 0 10.50
AR Cusack 2 0 10 0 5.00 (1w)
GH Dockrell 3.1 0 31 1 9.78
PR Stirling 1 0 13 0 13.00
KJ O’Brien 3 0 18 1 6.00


Toss Ireland have won the toss and elected to bat

Ireland (Playing XI): William Porterfield(c), Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, Niall O’Brien, Gary Wilson(w), Kevin O’Brien, Trent Johnston, George Dockrell, Nigel Jones, Boyd Rankin, Alex Cusack

Australia (Playing XI): David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, George Bailey(c), Cameron White, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade(w), Brad Hogg, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc

Umpires Aleem Dar and HDPK Dharmasena

TV umpire Asad Rauf

Match referee RS Madugalle

Reserve umpire SJA Taufel

Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2012 Squads

All 16 squads have now been named ahead of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2012, which takes place in Queensland, Australia, from 11-26 August.

Australia will defend the title it won in Lincoln, New Zealand, in 2010, and will not only aim to win the trophy for the fourth time in nine events, it will also try to match Pakistan’s effort of winning back-to-back titles.

Pakistan won the tournaments in 2004 and 2006 in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, respectively.

India has also won the tournament twice – in 2002 in Sri Lanka under Mohamamd Kaif and in 2008 under the leadership of Virat Kohli while England’s Owais Shah put his hands on the trophy in Johannesburg when South Africa staged the event in 1998.

ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2012 Squads

Afghanistan U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Mohammad Javed (captain), Afsar Khan, Aftab Alam, Fareed Malik, Hashmatullah, Mohammad Yamin, Mohibullah, Najibullah, Nasir Jamal, Noorulhaq, Rahim Mangal, Rashid Khan, Sayed Shiraz, Shabir Ahmed and Younas Khan.

Australia U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Ashton Agar, Cameron Bancroft, William Bosisto, Meyrick Buchanan, Harry Conway, Sam Hain, Travis Head, Joel Paris, Kurtis Patterson, Jimmy Peirson, Gurinder Sandhu, Mark Steketee, Nick Stevens, Ashton Turner and Jack Wildermuth.

Bangladesh U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Anamul Haque (captain), Abu Haider, Abu Javed, Asif Ahmed, Dewan Sabbir, Liton Das, Al-Amin, Naeem Islam Jnr, Noor Hossain, Salman Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Nurul Hasan, Soumya Sarkar and Taskin Ahmed.

England U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Adam Ball (captain), Shozair Ali, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Ben Collins, Alex Davies, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Brett Hutton, Aneesh Kapil, Tom Knight, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Reece Topley, Kishen Velani and Sam Wood.

India U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Unmukt Chand (captain), Baba Aparajith, Prashant Chopra, Sandipan Das, Akhil Herwadkar, Rush Kalaria, Vikas Mishra, Akshdeep Nath, Kamal Passi, Smit Patel (wicketkeeper), Mohsin Sayyed, Sandeep Sharma, Harmeet Singh, Manan Vohra and Vijay Zol

Ireland U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

George Dockrell (captain), Scott Campbell, Peter Chase, Adam Coughlan, Shane Getkate, Ryan Hunter, Tyrone Kane, Robin Kelly, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, Alistair Shields, Patrick Tice, Jason Van der Merwe and Ben Wylie

Namibia U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Steven Baard (captain), Justin Baard, Luke Bolton, Jano Coetzee, Christopher Coombe, Jason Davidson, MP Delport, Andre Engelbrecht, Gerhard Erasmus, Zhivago Groenewald, Malan Kruger, Pelham Myburgh, Xander Pitchers, Wian Van Vuuren and Bredell Wessels.

Nepal U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Naresh Budhaayer, Ramnaresh Giri, Mahamad Hasim Ansari, Bhuban Karki, Krishna Karki, Avinash Karn, Saurabh Khanal, Gopal Singh, Rahul Kumar Vishwakarma, Rajesh Pulani, Subash Khakurel, Sagar Pun and Fajlur Rahman.

New Zealand U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Will Young (captain), Joe Carter, Sean Davey, Michael Davidson, Jacob Duffy, Cameron Fletcher, Ben Horne, Connor Neynens, Edward Nuttall, Robert O’Donnell, Matthew Quinn, Ish Sodhi, Theo van Woerkom, Henry Walsh, and Arnie Yugaraja.

Pakistan U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Babar Azam (captain), Azizullah, Ehsan Adil, Faraz Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Mir Hamza, Saad Ali, Salman Afridi, Sami Aslam, Shahid Ilyas, Umar Waheed, Usman Qadir, Zafar Gohar and Zia-ul-Haq.

Papua New Guinea (PNG) U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Chris Kent (captain), Charles Amini, Dogodo Bau, Sese Bau, Nigel Boge, Albert Geita, Raymond Haoda, Ratu Maha, Kabua Vagi Morea, Alei Nao, Lista Oala, Vagi Oala, Lega Slake, Toua Tom and Norman Vanua.

Scotland U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Paddy Sadler (captain), Aman Bailwal, Freddie Coleman, Matt Cross, Henry Edwards, Nick Farrar, Gavin Main, Tom McBride, Scott McElnea, Ross McLean, Sam Page, Peter Ross, Kyle Smith, Ruaidhri Smith and Andrew Umeed.

South Africa U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Chad Bowes (captain), Gihahn Cloete, Murray Coetzee, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Corné Dry, Rabian Engelbrecht, Jan Frylinck, Solo Nqweni, Shaylin Pillay, David Rhoda, Diego Rosier, Calvin Savage, Prenelan Subrayen and Lizaad Williams.

Sri Lanka U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Sanitha De Mel (captain), Amila Aponso, Nirosha Dickwella, Anuk Fernando, Shehan Fernando, Angelo Jayasinghe, Tharindu Kaushal, Ranitha Liyanaarachchi, Lahiru Madushanka, Chamodh Pathirana, Jason Perera, Pulina Taranga, Kasun Vidura, Pabasara Waduge and Sandun Weerakkody.

West Indies U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Sunil Ambris, Ronsford Beaton, John Campbell, Derone Davis, Justin Greaves, Kavem Hodge, Akeal Hosein, Jerome Jones, Keiron Joseph, Steven Katwaroo, Amir Khan, Kyle Mayers and Marquino Mindley.

Zimbabwe U19 World Cup 2012 Squad

Matthew Bentley (captain), Kyle Bowie, Ryan Burl, Atishsinh Chouhan, Kieran Geyle, Kevin Kasuza, Malcolm Lake, Campbell Light, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Masasire, Nyasha Mayavo, Curthbert Musoko, Andre Odendaal, and Peacemore Zimwa.

QuipuTV to live stream four World Cricket League Championship matches

QuipuTV has secured an agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to stream four Pepsi World Cricket League Championship matches this month.

The One Day Internationals between Scotland & Canada (Edinburgh, July 9 & 11) and Netherlands &UAE (Rotterdam, July 21 & 23) are part of each teams’ world cup qualification campaign.

All four countries compete in the league championship, along with Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia, and Kenya; with the top two teams qualifying for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

QuipuTV continues to build its cricket coverage after the successful livestreaming of 14 matches from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Dubai in March, but Managing Director, Jack McGill, admits coverage of this series of matches will be scaled down.

“The financial reality is that we can only provide skeleton coverage of these matches, but we want to demonstrate to fans of Associate and Affiliate cricket and to the ICC that we are committed to this level of the sport and want to assist with its continued development.”

Cricket Scotland CEO, Roddy Smith, said, “The livestreaming of Associate and Affiliate matches in the last 18 months has been warmly received by fans and players, and enabled thousands to watch matches they otherwise could not attend, so it’s fantastic that QuipuTV are once again committed to supporting these internationals.”

In another positive move, QuipuTV has negotiated for Roger’s Sportsnet in Canada to host their livestream of the Scotland v Canada matches, with UK viewers able to watch on Cricket Scotland’s website.

McGill concludes,  “Our hope is that by building stronger relationships with host television broadcasters for our livestream, highlights packages, and interviews, we can take our coverage to the next level and to an ever greater number of viewers and fans.”

Ireland name squad for Australia ODI

Ireland have named a squad of 13 for the one day international (OD) against Australia at Stormont on 23 June.

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh has been named in Ireland’s squad. Murtagh, who qualified for Ireland in February, is yet to make his international debut.

Boyd Rankin misses out as he continues his recuperation from a foot injury.

“Although Tim Murtagh hasn’t played for Ireland yet, he’s been bowling superbly for Middlesex so that will soften the blow of losing Boyd,” coach Phil Simmons said.

“Max Sorensen and Trent Johnston were fantastic in the UAE so we have plenty of options in the squad having so many all-rounders.

“I’ve been following the English based players and there have been some fantastic performances from them at various stages this season.”

Niall O’Brien has also been recalled after missing the World Twenty20 Qualifiers having chosen to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, but has not been guaranteed a starting place by the coach Phil Simmons.

“There’s no doubt he’s among the best 14 players that Ireland have, but Gary Wilson did superbly in the UAE, so Niall knows he’s going to have work hard and be at his best to regain the gloves.”

On the challenge against Australia, Simmons said “They’re a quality side and it’s going to be extremely difficult.

“They’re preparing for five ODI’s against England and players will all be looking to cement their spot in the team. With Mike Hussey withdrawing that frees up a batting slot and their guys will all be keen to fill it.

“We had a great opportunity to beat them two years ago and threw it away. We’ve learned from that and are two years more experienced now – I’d back us to win that game at this stage given the same chance.

“These games are the sort of fixtures we’ve been crying out for and hopefully there will be many more of them in the coming years.”

Ireland captain William Porterfield is looking forward to the fixture.

“It’s going to be another fantastic occasion in Belfast as we take on Australia,” he said.

“We relish the opportunity to take on the top teams and they don’t come much bigger than the number one ranked team.

“We missed a great chance to beat them in Dublin in 2010 but we’re learning all the time and have gained more experience of getting over the finishing line as we showed against England in the World Cup last year.

“Playing in front of your home fans gives all the players a great buzz, and with a capacity crowd behind us we’ll be doing our level best to capture another Full Member scalp.”

Trent Johnston included in Ireland A squad to face Scotland

Trent Johnston has been named in the Ireland A squad which takes on Scotland next week in a three day game at Uddingston (June 12-14).

Johnston is included along with Max Sorensen and Andrew Poynter, both of whom featured in the UAE as Ireland claimed the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier trophy.

Ireland coach Phil Simmons said, “We want Trent to get some overs under his belt ahead of the RSA Challenge ODI against Australia later this month and the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Afghanistan in July.

“He hasn’t bowled very much since the tournament in UAE because of his knee and this is the ideal opportunity for him to build up his rhythm.

“The team had an excellent win in their last game against Gloucestershire where they showed fantastic fight and character, and I’m sure the game against Scotland will be a tremendous battle, as clashes between the two countries invariably are.”

Andrew Balbirnie who scored an unbeaten 148 as Ireland A successfully chased 411 to beat Gloucestershire by five wickets – the highest run chase in Irish cricket history – misses the game because of University commitments, as does opener Ben Ackland.

None of the Ireland Under 19 side are included in the squad as they have a scheduled fixture against The MCC at Carrickfergus on June 15.

Ireland A squad: James Shannon (capt)(Instonians), John Anderson (Merrion), Andrew Britton (Limavady), Chris Dougherty (CIYMS), Phil Eaglestone (Strabane), Tom Fisher (Railway Union), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Rory McCann (Instonians), Lee Nelson (Waringstown), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Stuart Thompson (Limavady).

Coach: Phil Simmons

Manager: Gavin Craig

Physio: Kieran O’Reilly

Bangladesh to play T20 series in Ireland

Ireland have announced they will play a three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh in Belfast next month.

The games will be played at Stormont in Belfast on July 18, 20 and 21, with a warm-up fixture against an Ireland XI taking place on Monday the 16th of July.

“It’s great news that we’re taking on Bangladesh and the games will give us valuable preparation as we build towards the World Cup in Sri Lanka,” Ireland coach Phil Simmons said.

“We played an exciting brand of cricket in winning the recent qualifying tournament in Dubai and we’re now 8th in the world rankings in this format of the game.

“In Paul Stirling we have one of the most exciting players in international cricket at present and I’m sure the Belfast public will relish the opportunity to watch him on home soil.”

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said, “We are delighted to be able to bring more top quality cricket to Ireland.

“Hosting matches against the Full Member countries is exactly what we are striving for and this summer proves we are on the right track with matches against Australia, South Africa A, Afghanistan and now Bangladesh.

“I would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the ICC High Performance Programme and to ICC Europe for their financial support in helping make these matches come to fruition.

“In addition, this is the first time ever we are playing T20I matches at home against a Test nation, and we fully intend to play the games at a time and a price to suit the post-work and weekend crowd.”

The sides have met just once in this format of the game, during the group stages of the ICC World Twenty20 at Trent Bridge in 2009, a game which Ireland won by six wickets.

Ireland vs Bangladesh T20 Series Schedule

  • Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Wed July 18 at 5pm
  • Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Fri July 20 at 5pm
  • Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Sat July 21 at 4pm.

ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 – Squads

Some of the very best cricketers from ICC’s Associate and Affiliate members countries will assemble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month when the 16-team ICC World Twenty20 UAE 2012 will be staged across five venues of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah.

All 16 squads for the event, which will be staged from 13 to 24 March, have now been finalised.

At stake in the UAE will be the two available places in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka which will be played in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele from 18 September to 7 October.

A total of 72 matches will be played over 12 days and the first qualifier will emerge after the 61st match while the second qualifier will be known after the 71st match.

The winner of the 72nd and final match of the tournament will complete Group B by joining Australia and West Indies while the runner-up will team up with defending champion England and former winner India in Group A.

Afghanistan will be defending the title it had won in 2010 when the qualifying tournament was an eight-team event. The Asian side had beaten Ireland in the final in Dubai by eight wickets but both the sides qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2010 which was staged in Barbados, St Lucia and Guyana.

Afghanistan has named eight players in the squad who were members of the side which made history in the UAE two years ago. Captain Nawroz Mangal, Merwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Shahzad, Karim Khan Sadeq, Samiulah Shinwari and Shahpoor Zadran will again be returning with a challenge to guide their side to the second successive ICC World Twenty20.

Ireland, which missed the inaugural event in 2007 but appeared in 2009 and 2010, has named a formidable side as it has retained no less than 10 players from the 2010 campaign. Returning to the UAE will be captain William Porterfield, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Andrew White and Gary Wilson.

The four new faces in the Ireland squad for this event are 29-year-old all-rounder Nigel Jones, 33-year-old Ed Joyce, who has also played ODIs and two T20Is for England as an opener, 27-year wicketkeeper-batsman Rory McCann and an uncapped 26-year-old fast bowler Max Sorensen.

Peter Borren will once again lead the Netherlands which played in the 2007 event and upset England in the tournament opener at Lord’s. The other survivors from the unsuccessful 2010 qualifier event include Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom De Grooth, Tim Gruijters, Alexei Kervezee and Pieter Seelaar.

While the Dutch side will be without the services of Ryan ten Doeschate, the Associate ODI Player of the Year in 2008, 2010 and 2011, it will be bolstered by the inclusion of fast emerging Tom Cooper. The 25-year-old opener is yet to make his T20I debut but averages 54 from 18 ODIs and just under 40 from as many first-class matches.

The other popular name in the Associate and Affiliate world, Ashish Bagai of Canada, will also be missing from next month’s action. The wicketkeeper batsman captained his side in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The event will see in action two international stars of the recent past: Michael Di Venuto and Geraint Jones.

Di Venuto, who will represent Italy, has played nine ODIs for Australia in 1997 while Jones, who will play for Papua New Guinea (PNG), has played 34 Tests, 49 ODIs and two T20Is for England between 2004 and 2006.

The 38-year-old Di Venuto has become eligible after securing an Italian passport while 35-year-old Jones can play for PNG as he was born in Kundiawa, the capital of Simbu province in PNG.

Squads:

Afghanistan – Nawroz Mangal (captain), Javed Ahmadi, Merwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Zamir Khan, Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib, Shabir Ahmed Noori, Karim Khan Sadeq, Samiullah Shinwari, Dollat Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Shapoor Zadran

Bermuda – David Hemp (captain), Jason Anderson, Lional Cann, Fiqre Crockwell, Terryne Fray, Joshua Gilbert, Stefan Kelly, Kamau Leverock, Stephen Outerbridge, Josclyn Pitcher, Samuel Robinson, Curt Stovell, Rodney Trott, Janeiro Tucker

Canada – Jimmy Hansra (captain),Manninder Aulakh, Harvir Baidwan, Rustam Bhatti, Rizwan Cheema, Khurram Chohan, Tyson Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Zahid Hussain, Nitish Kumar, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqi

Denmark – Michael Pedersen (captain), Aftab Ahmed, Shehzad Ahmed, Sair Anjum, Bobby Chawla, Basit Javed, Frederik Klokker, Jacob Larsen, Kamran Mahmood, Rizwan Mahmood, James Moniz, Martin Pedersen, Bashir Shah, Hamid Shah

Hong Kong – James Atkinson (captain), Irfan Ahmed, Muhammad Moner Ahmed, Nadeen Ahmed, Waqas Barkat, Babar Hayat, Asif Khan, Mohammad Aizaz Khan, Mohammad Nizakat Khan, Courtney Kruger, Roy Lamsam, Kinchit Shah, Daljeet Singh, Maxwell Tucker

Ireland – William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, Rory McCann, John Mooney, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson

Italy – Alessandro Bonora (captain), Gareth Berg, Damian Crowley, Gayashan Munasinghe, Luis Di Giglio, Michael Di Venuto, Dilan S. Fernando, Damian C. K. Fernando, Andrew Northcote, Hayden Patrizi, Dell’agnello, Vincenzo Pennazza, Peter Petricola, Stanly H. J. Samaraweera, Carl Sandri

Kenya – Collins Obuya (captain), Ragheb Aga, Duncan Allan, Tanmay Mishra, James Ngoche, Shem Ngoche, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Rakep Patel, Hiren Varaiya

Namibia – Craig Williams (captain), Sarel Burger, Merwe Erasmus, Hendrick Geldenhuys, Zhivago Groenwald, Louis Klazinga, Christiaan Opperman, Bernard Scholtz, Nicolaas Scholtz, Gerrie Snyman, Ewald Steenkamp, Louis Van Der Westhuizen, Raymond Van Schoor, Christoffel Viljoen

Nepal – Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Mahaboob Alam, Prithu Baskota, Amrit Bhattarai, Shakti Gauchan, Krishna Karki, Paresh Prasad Lohani, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Kumar Mandal, Basant Regmi, Sanjam Regmi, Chandra Sawad, Sharad Vesawkar

Netherlands – Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom De Grooth, Tim Gruijters, Timm Van Der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Alexei Kervezee, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart

Oman – Hemal Mehta (captain), Sultan Ahmed, Qais Bin Khalid Al Said, Syed Amir Ali, Adnan Ilyas,Syed Aamir Kaleem, Awal Khan, Farhan Afzal Khan, Ajay Lalcheta, Sufyan Mehmood, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqi, Jatinder Singh, Vaibhav Wategaonkar

Papua New Guinea – Rarua Dikana (captain), Geraint Jones, Jack Vare-Kevere, Jason Kila, Willie Gavera, Chris Amini, John Boge Reva, Tony Ura, Assadollah Vala, Chris Kent, Mahuru Dai, Vani Vagi Morea, Joel Tom, Hitolo Areni

Scotland – Gordon Drummond (captain), Richard Berrington, Kyle Coetzer, Joshua Davey, Ryan Flannigan, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Calum Macleod, Preston Mommsen, Matthew Parker, Safayaan Sharif, Jan Stander, Craig Wallace, David Watts

Uganda – Davis Arinaitwe (captain), Arthur Kyobe, Brian Masaba, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Roger Mukasa, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Jonathan Sebanja, Asadu Seiga, Ronald Semanda, Laurence Sematimba, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa, Arthur Ziraba

United States of America – Sushil Nadkarni (captain), Orlando Baker, Adil Bhatti, Ryan Corns, Muhammad Ghous, Elmore Hutchinson, Asif Mehmood Khan, Aditya Mishra, Azrudeen Mohammed, Nauman Mustafa, Abhimanyu Rajp, Gowkaran Roopnarine, Usman Shuja, Steven Taylor

Ireland confirm final squad for World Twenty20 Qualifiers

Cricket Ireland today named a squad of 14 for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifying tournament which is being held in the UAE next month.

William Porterfield (Captain)

The squad includes 12 of the players who toured the subcontinent for the World Cup. The two players who didn’t travel to the sub-continent were Rory McCann and Hills all-rounder Max Sorensen.

McCann edged out Stuart Poynter in the battle to replace Niall O’Brien, who wasn’t considered due to his participation in the Bangladesh Premier League.

There is no place for Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh, who recently became eligible for Ireland after obtaining an Irish passport.

Chairman of Selectors Ross McCollum explained the squad composition saying, “We felt that the squad that had been preparing together all through the winter deserved the opportunity to gain qualification.

“It is indeed a very experienced squad, which we feel will serve us in good stead in high pressure games.

“While we haven’t named Tim Murtagh or Albert van der Merwe in the 14, both are in our named replacements, and we’ll have no hesitation in bringing either in if any injuries occur.

“Stuart Poynter was unlucky to miss out, but we felt that given the prolific form that Rory McCann showed in domestic cricket in 2011 in the NCU, that he deserved his chance.”

Ireland have been drawn in Group B in the 16 team tournament alongside Scotland, Namibia, Oman, Uganda, Kenya, USA, and Italy. Two qualification places are on offer, with the successful teams travelling to Sri Lanka in September.

The winners will be placed in the same group as Australia and West Indies, while the small matter of England and India await the second qualifer.

Following the conclusion of their current tour in Kenya, the team will travel for a training camp in South Africa, where they will also play three Twenty20 fixtures against The Warriors.

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (capt), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, John Mooney, Rory McCann, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Replacements: Tim Murtagh, Andrew Poynter, James Shannon, Albert van der Merwe.

Kevin O’Brien eyes IPL chance

Kevin O’Brien is hoping to return to the scene of his finest hour by earning an IPL contract in Saturday’s franchise auction.

Kevin holds the world record for the fastest century ever scored at a World Cup, coming from 50 balls in the stunning win over England.

He now hopes to be back in India for IPL 5 and is one of 144 players from around the world looking to be picked up in the auction.

His base price of $50,000 makes him a potential bargain against the likes of Graeme Swann, VVS Laxman and Brendon McCullum who all have a reserve of $400,000.

“The IPL is a great tournament, the biggest in the world in my opinion given the crowds and media coverage, and it’s so exciting to be in with a chance of being there,” Kevin O’Brien said.

“The auction is pretty close now and it would be fantastic to get picked up. The eight weeks I spent out there at the World Cup was amazing, I loved every minute.

“Obviously the hundred against England meant my profile increased and then I went to Gloucestershire and scored the fastest century in England last season too.

“Those two innings stand out and hopefully I’ll have some support at the auction.

“Kochi wanted me last year after the World Cup but I wasn’t on the original list so I couldn’t sign which was a shame. It would be fantastic to be signed this year.”

O’Brien’s brother, wicketkeeper Niall, is also involved in the auction. He hopes appearing in the IPL would further boost Cricket Ireland’s hopes of gaining Test status.

He feels Twenty20 tournaments can help Irish players raise the nation’s standing on the world stage.

“Cricket Ireland have made a big, bold statement and that represents the progress we have made as players,” Niall O’Brien said.

“The stepping stones are in place to achieve that goal and it’s all very positive

“An IPL deal would be huge for me or Niall on a personal level but also in terms of what we can achieve for Irish cricket.

“If we could be out there for 6-8 weeks it would have people watching the matches, following the results and getting interested.

“What we can bring to the IPL is to raise the profile in Ireland and that can only be a positive thing because it can only improve and make the game bigger.”