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Ireland Wolves to play Bangladesh A during August

Richard White
(NCU PRO)
 

Cricket Ireland has announced a 16 man squad to take on a visiting Bangladesh A side across an eight match series in early August, led by Ireland international Andrew Balbirnie. Included are three Northern Cricket Union representatives: Shane Getkate, James McCollum, and James Shannon, along with Northern Knights player Harry Tector.

Selectors will use the series to provide an opportunity to assess the  form of and provide opportunities for up and coming players, with the Afghanistan series ahead in late August and with an eye to the ICC World T20 Qualifier tournament in 2019.

Pete Johnston, Wolves Head Coach and Academy Manager, said:

'Bangladesh A will provide the Wolves with an excellent challenge, despite suffering a series whitewash over the winter to the same opponents. It will be exciting to see how we match up in our home conditions and the challenge will be to play a competitive ODI series and hopefully come out the right side of it'.

'The selectors have chosen a strong squad with an even mix of emerging talent and current centrally contracted players.  Several young players stood out from our recent successful series with a strong Scotland A side and have been rewarded with selection, while a few will no doubt consider themselves unlucky not to play a part in this series. That said our forthcoming Academy fixtures will be another opportunity for many of those guys. Increasing the depth of competition for places and opportunities in all formats for the Academy and Wolves will be key to senior team success as we enter the Future Tours Programme and its demands'.

'Andrew Balbirnie has Captained the Wolves before and will bring a vast amount of international experience to the side. With an Afghanistan series just around the corner for the Senior team, these games provide a timely opportunity for everyone in the squad'.

The first five matches of the series will be 50-over encounters, while the last three matches will be T20s.

Ahead of the series, the selectors have identified 14-man match day squads for the five 50-over matches, chosen from the wider 16-man Wolves series squad. These decisions were made on a squad rotation basis and availability of players. The selectors will announce the T20 squad in early August.

Match day squads for the 50-over matches

  • Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 1 August 2018

Andrew Balbirnie (C), David Delany, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

  • Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 3 August 2018

Andrew Balbirnie (C), Peter Chase, David Delany, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

  • Ireland Wolves v Bangladesh A - 5 August 2018

Andrew Balbirnie (C), David Delany, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

  • Ireland Wolves v. Bangladesh A - 8 August 2018

Andrew Balbirnie (C), Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

  • Ireland Wolves v. Bangladesh A - 10 August 2018

Andrew Balbirnie (C), Peter Chase, David Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Graham Kennedy, Andrew McBrine, James McCollum, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker.

Wolves Fixtures v Bangladesh A

Date Day Start Time Activity  Opposition  Venue
1st August 2018 Wed 10.45hrs 1st One-Day Match Bangladesh A Oak Hill CC, Co. Wicklow
3rd August 2018 Fri 10.45hrs 2nd One-Day Match Bangladesh A Oak Hill CC, Co. Wicklow
5th August 2018 Sun 10.45hrs 3rd One-Day Match Bangladesh A Oak Hill CC, Co. Wicklow
8th August 2018 Wed 10.45hrs 4th One-Day Match Bangladesh A The Hills CC, Dublin
10th August 2018 Fri 10.45hrs 5th One-Day Match Bangladesh A Clontarf CC, Dublin
13th August 2018 Mon 16.00hrs 1st T20 Match Bangladesh A Clontarf CC, Dublin
15th August 2018 Wed 16.00hrs 2nd T20 Match Bangladesh A Clontarf CC, Dublin
17th August 2018 Fri 16.00hrs 3rd T20 Match Bangladesh A Malahide CC, Dublin