Harry Tector to travel with senior Ireland squad as development opportunity
Harry Tector, the 18-year old Dubliner who recently captained Ireland’s squad to the Under-19 Cricket World Cup, will join the Irish senior squad in a development capacity as they travel to Sussex today.
Richard Holdsworth, Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said:
“The national selectors and coaching staff of the senior men’s team are keen to provide opportunities for young players to gain experience in travelling and being involved in the dynamics of the senior squad as part of their development pathway.”
“There is an intense learning curve for young players coming through the system as they move upward through the ranks from club cricket to the highest representative levels.”
“As can be seen through the recently released ICC Future Tours Programme, there will be a dramatic increase in the quality and frequency of fixtures that our men’s senior team will be playing, and we need to look for creative ways to develop our young talent as part of succession planning and preparing players for the realities of life on the road.”
“Harry recently led our squad to the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in January and performed exceptionally as a leader and player. An opportunity has arisen to include him in a development capacity on the senior team’s current trip to Sussex and we saw it as an appropriate opportunity to progress this new initiative.”
Tector plays club cricket for YMCA and this year moved to the Northern Knights in the Hanley Energy Inter-Provincial Series. In 2017 he was named ‘male youth international player of the year’ by Cricket Ireland and his leadership and individual performances at Under-19 Cricket World Cup in early 2018 led to the ICC referring to him as a “real prospect for the future” (reference).
In further news, squad member Josh Little picked up a niggle in the recent Inter-Provincial Championship game for Leinster Lightning. He continues to receive treatment and will travel to Sussex with the squad. Coaching staff are hopeful with regular treatment he will recover quickly.