14-man squad named for the historic first Ireland Men's Test Match

 DUBLIN - Cricket Ireland today announced the 14-man squad for the historic first Ireland Men’s Test Match against Pakistan at a press conference today

  • Senior Men’s Head Coach, Graham Ford, spoke today at a Press Conference, also attended by players Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie and Tyrone Kane.

The Test Match will take place from 11-15 May 2018 at Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Dublin.

The 14-man squad is:

  • William Porterfield (capt)
  • Andrew Balbirnie
  • Ed Joyce
  • Tyrone Kane
  • Andy McBrine
  • Tim Murtagh
  • Kevin O'Brien
  • Niall O'Brien
  • Boyd Rankin
  • Nathan Smith
  • Paul Stirling
  • James Shannon
  • Stuart Thompson
  • Gary Wilson

The final playing eleven will be named on the morning of the Test Match (Friday 11 May 2018). Player profiles available below.

As announced last week, the broadcast package for the Test is in three parts:

  • Sky Sports will broadcast ball-by-ball coverage in the Ireland and UK markets of the Test Match against Pakistan (11-15 May 2018).
  • RTÉ Television will broadcast a 1-hour highlights package of every day’s play for the Test Match against Pakistan.
  • Pitch International have sold the overseas television broadcast rights in a number of countries, across a number of networks including in key markets like the US, Canada, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, south Asia and Australia.

Ball-by-ball radio broadcast will be announced next week.

Pre-sale tickets are selling well, with online sales through Ticketmaster (see here).

The Ireland Men’s national team is proudly supported by Turkish Airlines, whose support for Irish cricket has been featured in a new article in the May edition of Skylife (in-flight magazine): https://www.skylife.com/en-2018-05-business/the-wind-of-cricket-blows-in-ireland

 

Player profiles in brief

WILLIAM PORTERFIELD

  • BORN: 6 September 1984
  • PROVINCE: North West
  • CLUBS: Formby
  • CAPS: 273
  • DEBUT: 2006
  • RUNS: 8,721
  • WICKETS: 1 

ANDREW BALBIRNIE

  • BORN: 28 December 1990
  • PROVINCE: Leinster
  • CLUBS: Pembroke
  • CAPS: 76
  • DEBUT: 2010
  • RUNS: 2,111
  • WICKETS: 4

ED JOYCE

  • BORN: 22 September 1978
  • PROVINCE: Leinster
  • CLUBS: Merrion
  • CAPS: 150
  • DEBUT: 1997
  • RUNS: 5,505
  • WICKETS: 7

TYRONE KANE

  • BORN: 8 July 1994
  • PROVINCE: Leinster
  • CLUBS: Merrion
  • CAPS: 7
  • DEBUT: 2015
  • RUNS: 28
  • WICKETS: 8

ANDY McBRINE

  • BORN: 30 April 1993
  • PROVINCE: North West
  • CLUBS: Donemana
  • CAPS: 61
  • DEBUT: 2013
  • RUNS: 478
  • WICKETS: 52

TIM MURTAGH

  • BORN: 2 August 1981
  • PROVINCE: -
  • CLUBS: Middlesex
  • CAPS: 78
  • DEBUT: 2012
  • RUNS: 255
  • WICKETS: 104 

KEVIN O’BRIEN

  • BORN: 4 March 1984
  • PROVINCE: Leinster
  • CLUBS: Railway Union
  • CAPS: 307
  • DEBUT: 2006
  • RUNS: 7,027
  • WICKETS: 269

NIALL O’BRIEN

  • BORN: 8 November 1981
  • PROVINCE: North West
  • CLUBS: Railway Union
  • CAPS: 212
  • DEBUT: 2002
  • RUNS: 6057
  • WICKETS: 1

BOYD RANKIN

  • BORN: 5 July 1984
  • PROVINCE: North West
  • CLUBS: Warwickshire
  • CAPS: 109
  • DEBUT: 2003
  • RUNS: 144
  • WICKETS: 169 

JAMES SHANNON

  • BORN: 12 February 1990
  • PROVINCE: Northern
  • CLUBS: Instonians
  • CAPS: 13
  • DEBUT: 2012
  • RUNS: 234
  • WICKETS: 1 

NATHAN SMITH

  • BORN: 9 July 1995
  • PROVINCE: Northern Knights
  • CLUBS: Instonians
  • CAPS: Uncapped
  • DEBUT: -
  • RUNS: -
  • WICKETS: -

PAUL STIRLING

  • BORN: 3 September 1990
  • PROVINCE: Northern
  • CLUBS: Middlesex
  • CAPS: 225
  • DEBUT: 2008
  • RUNS: 6,742
  • WICKETS: 94

STUART THOMPSON

  • BORN: 15 August 1991
  • PROVINCE: North West
  • CLUBS: Eglinton
  • CAPS: 59
  • DEBUT: 2012
  • RUNS: 652
  • WICKETS: 37

GARY WILSON

  • BORN: 5 February 1986
  • PROVINCE: Northern
  • CLUBS: Derbyshire
  • CAPS: 253
  • DEBUT: 2005
  • RUNS: 5,374
  • WICKETS: –

 

New sponsorship deal to strengthen domestic cricket

In further good news for Irish cricket, Clear Treasury have agreed a new sponsorship deal for the Irish Senior Cup and National Cup competitions.

Clear Treasury, already the Official Currency Exchange Partner for Cricket Ireland, have now extended their support for Irish cricket into the domestic game.

“Clear Treasury’s increased investment in Irish cricket for a further three years is a welcome boost at a landmark time for the sport,” said Dennis Cousins, Commercial Director at Cricket Ireland.

“It’s a very positive development for the domestic game which will see Clear Treasury become the title sponsor of our two premium all-Ireland club competitions. This partnership underlines the growing importance and appeal of the club game in Ireland and will aid the growth of grassroots cricket across the country.”

Paul Reilly, Head of Ireland for Clear Treasury, said:

“Through our consumer brand, Clear Currency, the Clear Treasury group are delighted to continue its support of cricket in Ireland as the official currency partner, and to announce its new sponsorship of both the Irish Senior and National Cups. We hope this will further grow domestic cricket in Ireland, and the Cricket Ireland brand on the global stage.”

The first round of both cup competitions starts on Saturday 19 May 2018, with finals played on the weekend of 1-2 September 2018.