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Andrew Balbirnie to captain young Ireland contingent for West Indies tour
Ireland tour of West Indies

Andrew Balbirnie to captain young Ireland contingent for West Indies tour

Ireland have announced their ODI and T20I squads for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies, which will feature six white-ball fixtures.

The three ODIs and three T20Is scheduled to take place in January 2020 will mark the first instance of a bilateral series between the two teams.

Ireland have opted for the inclusion of several youngsters in both squads with pacers Josh Little and Barry McCarthy earning a T20I recall.

Tim Murtagh, who called time on his international career last week, is absent from Ireland's ODI set-up as uncapped all-rounder Gareth Delany has made his way into the side.

The limited-overs matches are the first captaincy assignment for newly installed skipper Andrew Balbirnie, having replaced his predecessor William Porterfield in the role.

Porterfield, however, continues to feature in the line-up for the 50-over format and will be expected to anchor Ireland's batting.

Ireland last played an ODI in July against Zimbabwe, when they defeated their opponents to complete a 3-0 whitewash at home.

“The Caribbean tour will be the start of a quite intensive year for the senior men’s team – we have tours before the start of the home season, hosting several full members in the summer, commence our participation in the ICC World Cup ODI Super League, including playing an ODI series against England, and then head to a T20 World Cup in October," Graham Ford, head coach of Ireland, said.

"These matches will be the first under Andrew Balbirnie’s leadership, so will be a great first-up challenge for him and one which I know he is looking forward to."

“We’ve played the West Indies a few times over the last couple of years, and the two sides have built up a decent rivalry on the field - but the Windies are an altogether different proposition in their own backyard," he added, pointing to the two meetings between the two teams during the tri-nation series in Ireland earlier this year.

“While we’ve undergone an evolution in the senior set-up over the last 12 months, I think the squads selected recognise and reward performance, and I’m pleased that the likes of Mark Adair, Gareth Delany and Harry Tector have come into the squad over the last while and look the part," Ford said.

ODI squad

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young

T20I squad

Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young