Ireland are slated to take on giants India at the Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin on June 27 and June 29.
In the 14-man squad named by Cricket Ireland, Indian origin all-rounder Simranjeet Singh has also been included. The Mohali-born all-rounder previously represented the Indian state of Punjab at the U14, U17 and U19 levels before moving to Ireland in 2009.
“The selectors have chosen what we believe to be a strong, in-form squad for this format of the game that balances experience with youth. Our deliberations were around finding a side that was competitive now, but with an eye on the future,” Andrew White, chairman of selectors for Cricket Ireland, said during the squad announcement.
“We had a good look at a number of players on the recent tri-series in the Netherlands and this weekend’s match in Sussex (Ed Joyce’s testimonial) will firm up the decisions made on the final playing eleven for the first fixture on Wednesday,” he added.
“We will continue our approach of providing opportunities for a wider pool of players to gain experience in T20 cricket on the international stage.
“With around 12 months to go to the World T20 Cup qualifiers, we are looking to build a competitive squad for that qualification stage and hopefully propel us into the main tournament in 2020.”
India has already announced its T20 squads for the tour of Ireland and England last month with Virat Kohli set to lead the side both sides. The Indians are set to depart for Dublin from New Delhi on Saturday before taking on the hosts in the first T20I on Wednesday.
IRELAND 14-MAN SQUAD
Gary Wilson (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell , Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simranjeet Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson
INDIA 16-MAN SQUAD
Virat Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (Wk), Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav
As Virat Kohli and his team India get ready for their tour of Ireland and England, the focus has been on a resurgent Indian pace unit which performed admirably in South Africa at the start of the year.
However, Indian spin legend and former coach Anil Kumble believes the team’s slower bowlers can make an impact in England.
“We have the best spinners in the world and even in terms of conditions the fact that we are playing in the second-half will help our cause. We have a great opportunity to win the series. We shouldn’t have a problem operating with Duke ball,” Kumble was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
With wrist-spinners being the latest craze in international cricket, Kumble feels that they could be a handy option in the second-half of the summer in England.
“Wrist spinners will certainly be a handful and they will certainly play an important part in England since this time we are touring in the second half. The wicket will have wear and tear and the wrist spinners will come into the game much earlier than the first half of the summer,” the former India leg-spinner stated.
The 47-year-old believes India have a great chance of toppling England this time due to the amount of experience in the side.
“We have a great side and an all-round side. In bowling we have the experience and bowlers who can take 20 wickets consistently. If you look at the batting line-up, it has a lot of experience as well,” Kumble said.
“On average, all the players have played close to 50 Tests. That adds a lot of value and it’s not the first time that they are touring England. They have all been there before and they are familiar with the conditions,” he added.
The Indian team departs for Dublin from New Delhi on Saturday where they will play two T20Is against Ireland before moving on to the England leg of the tour. There, Kohli’s men will first play three T20s and as many ODIs before playing a five-match Test series against the hosts.
India skipper Virat Kohli, England pacer Stuart Broad and New Zealand’s Mitchell McClenaghan have all joined the chorus against the two new balls rule in ODI cricket following Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis’ criticisms.
Earlier on Friday, Tendulkar had suggested the two-ball rule was stopping bowlers from generating reverse swing.
“Having two new balls in one day is a perfect recipe for disaster as each ball is not given the time to get old enough to reverse. We haven’t seen reverse swing, an integral part of the death overs, for a long time,” Tendulkar had written in a Twitter post.
His comments received support from Pakistan pace legend Waqar Younis shortly after who agreed that reverse swing was a dying art in the current limited-overs game.
Reason why we don’t produce many attacking fast bowlers..They all very defensive in their approach...always looking for change ups..totally agree with you @sachin_rt reverse swing is almost vanished.. #SAD https://t.co/hPHoMXujcr— Waqar Younis (@waqyounis99) June 21, 2018
Kohli gave his views on the issue during the pre-tour press conference in New Delhi ahead of India’s departure for Ireland and England.
“I think it’s brutal for the bowlers. I have played ODI cricket when there was only one new ball allowed and reverse swing used to be a massive factor in the latter half of the innings, which I think as a batsman was more challenging,” Kohli said.
Soon, Broad and McClenaghan too took to Twitter to have their say on the rule. “I find reverse swing really exciting to watch, I’d like to see it back in the white ball game,” Broad wrote in his post.
I find reverse swing really exciting to watch, I’d like to see it back in the white ball game— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) June 22, 2018
New Zealand and Mumbai Indians pacer McClenaghan agreed with Tendulkar’s post, tweeting: “Could it be said any better? – don’t think so,” the Kiwi stated.
Could it be said any better? - don’t think so! 👏👏👏— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) June 22, 2018
The two new balls rule came into effect in ODI cricket in 2011 with each ball getting used for 25 overs.