Kenealy Replaces Garth In Ireland Squad
Amy Kenealy has replaced Kim Garth in Ireland's squad for the ICC Women's Twenty20 in Bangladesh after the all-rounder pulled out to concentrate on her studies.
17-year-old Garth is currently studying for her Leaving Certificate and is hoping to enter University College Dublin next year.
She has decided to withdraw after deciding she was not prepared to commit to the pre-tournament training programme.
Opening bowler Kenealy, 25, comes into the squad as Ireland get ready to play in the ICC World Twenty20 finals for the first time.
"It's disappointing to lose Kim," coach Trent Johnston said.
"She didn't feel able to commit fully to the pre-tournament training schedule and has pulled out.
"We've drafted in Amy Kenealy who has been training hard and was in Qatar for the recent international tri-series.
"She's improving all the time like the rest of the squad, and it's a great opportunity for her to shine."
During the tri-series against Pakistan and South Africa, Kenealy took one for 28 in three overs bowled against South Africa in her only appearance.
She was initially left out of Ireland's squad with Garth earning a recall.
Ireland play New Zealand (25th March), Australia (27th March), South Africa (29th March) and Pakistan (31st March) in the group stages.
They will also play warm-up matches against India, on 15th March, and Sri Lanka, on 19th March.
Ireland ICC Women's World Twenty20 squad: Isobel Joyce (captain), Laura Delany, Emma Flanagan, Jennifer Gray, Cecelia Joyce, Amy Kenealy, Louise McCarthy, Kate McKenna, Lucy O'Reilly, Eimear Richardson, Melissa Scott-Hayward, Clare Shillington, Elena Tice, Mary Waldron
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