Ireland name squad for ODI against West Indies

William Porterfield will lead the team against West Indies
William Porterfield will lead the team against West Indies

Ireland have announced a 14-man squad for the upcoming One-Day International against West Indies to be played at Civil Service Cricket Club in Belfast on 13th September.

The squad that will be captained by William Porterfield will look to start the new season on a winning note after their confidence was boosted by the news on them being granted the Test status along with Afghanistan.

Fast bowlers Barry McCarthy and Craig Young will miss the encounter as they are recovering from a thumb and elbow injury respectively. However, the squad will be bolstered with a full fit Paul Stirling and Niall O'Brien returning.

Ireland head coach John Bracewell expressed disappointment on the news on McCarthy and Young but is confident that they have enough resources in the bowling department to make up for the duo.

"Barry fractured his thumb batting in the nets and is expected to be out of action for around 3 or 4 weeks.

"Craig's recuperation from an ongoing elbow problem is continuing but if surgery is required, which it may be, this could put him out for 8-10 weeks. We should know that for certain very shortly.

"On the plus side we have Paul Stirling and Niall O'Brien back from injury and that will certainly bolster the batting.

"George Dockrell has been in prolific form in domestic cricket and he is recalled too, which means we have no fewer than six spinning options in the squad."

After facing heavy criticism for their defeat in the first Test, West Indies made a huge turnaround after going on to defeat England by five wickets in the second game at Headingley to level the series and Bracewell had high praise for the Caribbean team, which will see Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels making a comeback in the limited overs format.

"The West Indies showed incredible character to bounce back after losing the opening Test heavily against England, and showed just how dangerous and talented a side they truly are.

"They will have double centurion Shai Hope in their ranks for the Belfast clash, and when you add Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels into the mix then it's a very dangerous group of players.

"It'll be a great occasion for players and fans alike, and one that everybody is really looking forward to. It's sure to be a carnival of colour at Stormont."

Ireland squad:

William Porterfield (captain), John Anderson, Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Niall O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Gary Wilson, Paul Stirling.

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