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Ireland T20 Squad | Ireland Men’s Cricket Team: Ireland Cricket Team in 2024

The T20 cricket team of Ireland has undergone a significant transformation from its humble beginnings on the global stage to become a perennial force in the game. Since their first match in 2005, Ireland has been able to lay down a solid foundation as shown by their remarkable consistency in qualifying for every T20 World Cup since 2009 and winning big against established cricket-playing nations such as India, South Africa and England. The country had reached the peak of its glory when it rose to six positions at times during 2019 indicating that they were constantly improving and competing. Having long-term goals of becoming one of the top-ranked T20 sides, Ireland’s immediate goals include performing well in bilateral series’ while also aiming for a place among the Super 12 at next year’s World Cup. Their approach is also based on investing in young talents, developing a winning mentality among them, focusing on “batting depth” which involves getting runs throughout the batting order and “death bowling” specifically practiced for the last few overs of an inning. These players are guided by veteran batsmen like Paul Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and George Dockrell who offer power-hitting abilities as well as an array of bowling options including spinners. In this connection, Ireland has entered into an incredibly tough group stage with opponents like India and Pakistan where history shows that it could upset even some great teams indeed heading into the 2024 World Cup T20. Fans are excited about how much more this team can grow and shine on an international level while playing quality cricket.

Ireland T20 Cricket Team

Player Name Speciality Age 
Ross AdairTop order Batter29
Andy BalbirnieBatter33
Neil RockWicketkeeper Batter23
Harry TectorMiddle order Batter24
Lorcan TuckerWicketkeeper Batter27
Paul StirlingBatting Allrounder33
Mark AdairBowling Allrounder27
Curtis CampherAll-rounder24
Gareth DelanyBatting Allrounder26
George DockrellAll-rounder31
Graham HumeBowler33
Josh LittleBowler24
Barry McCarthyBowler31
Ben WhiteBowler25
Craig YoungBowler33

Ross Adair

Ross Adair is playing a vital role for Ireland’s twenty-over side thanks to his power-hitting right-handed batting style coupled with handy right-arm medium-fast bowling ability. Known for his aggressive batting style and equally competent bowling skills, Adair has emerged as one player expected to be watched closely. Ross Adair seems a very promising prospect in Irish T20 cricket.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches732
Runs143601
Innings730
Not Out03
Balls Faced104405
High Score65111
Average20.4222.25
Strike Rate137.5148.39
Bowling
T20s
Matches32
Balls91
Innings8
Runs147
Wickets4
Average36.75
Strike Rate22.7

Andy Balbirnie

Andy Balbirnie

Andy Balbirnie happens to be one of the most important players in Ireland’s T20 cricket as he is an aggressive strokemaker. He recently stepped down from captaincy but has been responsible for instilling leadership and batting skills that have seen Ireland emerge as a competitive force in T20 cricket.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches101155
Runs21703485
Innings97149
Not Out49
Balls Faced17432716
High Score8399
Average23.3324.89
Strike Rate124.49128.31

Neil Rock

Pebbles, whose actual name is Neil Rock, is currently emerging as an exciting talent in Irish T20 cricket. Patrolling the left side of the wicket aggressively, this player also adds keeping abilities to his repertoire. Neil Rock looks set to be a wonderful talent for Irish T20 cricket with a middle-order bat who can keep wickets. His ability to score quickly with the bat and his sharp glovework make him a great asset.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches2060
Runs111804
Innings1349
Not Out111
Balls Faced102574
High Score3679
Average9.2521.15
Strike Rate108.82140.06

Harry Tector

Harry Tector

Harry Tector, bats powerfully on the right side and bowls right-arm medium-fast. Alongside his hitting and bowling prowess, Tector has made some thrilling appearances so far. Therefore, this makes Harry very entertaining to watch as he comes out with his fearsome approach to batting plus ball bowling capabilities. For this reason, he is another big hitter for Ireland who also bowls some handy overs.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches70116
Runs12432133
Innings64108
Not Out1221
Balls Faced10261721
High Score6491
Average23.924.51
Strike Rate121.15123.93
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches70116
Balls132462
Innings830
Runs134538
Wickets723
Average19.1423.39
Strike Rate18.820

Lorcan Tucker

Lorcan Tucker

Lorcan Tucker has risen to become one of the indispensable members of the Irish side playing at number six because he combines excellent technique with a safe pair of hands behind stumps. Calmly adjusting to various circumstances while batting represents just one part of Lorcan’s game; it means that valuable experience and stability come into play whenever things start going wrong in our middle order.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches65116
Runs10681812
Innings61104
Not Out818
Balls Faced8831425
High Score9494
Average20.1521.06
Strike Rate120.95127.15

Paul Stirling

Paul Stirling

A right-hand batsman and occasional off-break bowler, Paul Stirling is an explosive opener for Ireland’s T20 cricket team. He is nicknamed “Stirlo” known for his aggressive batting style that decimates the bowling attack at the beginning. As the current captain, his leadership and experience add another dimension to his valuable skill set.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches137344
Runs34918244
Innings136342
Not Out1117
Balls Faced25825833
High Score115119
Average27.9225.36
Strike Rate135.2141.33
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches137344
Balls5461760
Innings42136
Runs6792159
Wickets2077
Average33.9528.03
Strike Rate27.322.8

Mark Adair

Mark Adair

Mark Adair, referred to as “Sparky,” is an indispensable member of Ireland’s T20 cricket squad. His forte lies in belligerent fast bowling with an ability to swing the ball both ways and provide variation in Ireland’s attack. When he is on form, he can turn matches around by taking wickets at critical stages.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches77110
Runs583923
Innings5481
Not Out1213
Balls Faced480717
High Score7272
Average13.8813.57
Strike Rate121.45128.73
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches77110
Balls16372292
Innings77108
Runs20992902
Wickets107146
Average19.6119.87
Strike Rate15.215.6

Curtis Campher

Curtis Campher

Curtis Campher is a young all-rounder with a long way to go, but he has already ingrained himself into the Irish Twenty20 cricket side. Being able to make substantial contributions with bat or ball makes him an extremely resourceful player, this aspect of his play gives the team flexibility and makes it unpredictable.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches4777
Runs7411155
Innings4066
Not Out713
Balls Faced581858
High Score7272
Average22.4521.79
Strike Rate127.53134.61
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches4777
Balls6071076
Innings3764
Runs8061575
Wickets2756
Average29.8528.12
Strike Rate22.419.2

Gareth Delany

Gareth Delany

Gareth Delany, meanwhile, bats right-handed and bowls right-arm leg-breaks – a true all-round asset for Ireland’s T20 cricket team. He contributes significantly with both bat and ball, which brings unpredictability and flexibility in Irish tactics.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches67113
Runs9562110
Innings58102
Not Out1114
Balls Faced7211503
High Score8989
Average20.3423.97
Strike Rate132.59140.38
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches67113
Balls9031437
Innings5386
Runs11641833
Wickets4173
Average28.3925.1
Strike Rate2219.6

George Dockrell

George Dockrell

George Dockrell, a dependable and influential left-arm orthodox spinner, is an integral part of Ireland’s T20 cricket team. He is known for bamboozling batsmen with his variations and restricting runs during the middle overs of the innings, thus creating pressure and taking important wickets.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches130209
Runs9771535
Innings82115
Not Out3144
Balls Faced7571134
High Score5869
Average19.1521.61
Strike Rate129.06135.36
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches130209
Balls15682952
Innings89162
Runs18783572
Wickets83159
Average22.6222.46
Strike Rate18.818.5

Graham Hume

Graham Hume

Graham Hume, who is emerging as a young cricketer to watch out for in Ireland’s T20I cricket, seems to be carving a niche as an all-rounder. With the potential to become a valuable utility player for Ireland’s T20 team, Graham Hume is one promising young cricketer. He showcased his early skills through impactful bowling in the Zimbabwe match.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches440
Runs21310
Innings223
Not Out18
Balls Faced18242
High Score2052
Average2120.66
Strike Rate116.66128.09
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches440
Balls90840
Innings440
Runs1421028
Wickets449
Average35.520.97
Strike Rate22.517.1

Josh Little

Josh Little

A left-arm fast bowler known for his raw pace and accurate deliveries; he is crucial for Ireland’s T20 bowling attack. His swing and pace which unsettles batsmen make him a genuine match-winner by picking up key wickets during power plays or in death.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches66123
Runs95177
Innings2948
Not Out1832
Balls Faced122207
High Score1527
Average8.6311.06
Strike Rate77.8685.5
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches66123
Balls14602553
Innings65121
Runs18143244
Wickets78145
Average23.2522.37
Strike Rate18.717.6

Barry McCarthy

Barry McCarthy

A right-arm medium-fast bowler from Pembroke who contributes significantly as an all-rounder in the Irish national T20 cricket team. By being able to produce wicket-taking abilities like no other person, he has been instrumental in providing much-needed control, pressure and batting prowess for Ireland.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches4982
Runs279405
Innings3149
Not Out1117
Balls Faced226329
High Score5151
Average13.9512.65
Strike Rate123.4523.1
Bowling
T20sT20s
Matches4982
Balls10471671
Innings4980
Runs14972405
Wickets5190
Average29.3526.72
Strike Rate20.518.5

Ben White

An 18-year-old leg-spinner with huge potential; Ben White has burst into the Irish T20 cricket scene. His ability to turn the ball sharply means that he offers something different from other spinners while also being unpredictable enough when using varied deliveries thereby making him highly useful in any bowling unit. 

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches2347
Runs1547
Innings719
Not Out612
Balls Faced2157
High Score712
Average156.71
Strike Rate71.4282.45
Bowling
T20IsT20s
Matches2347
Balls480916
Innings2246
Runs5951162
Wickets2863
Average21.2518.44
Strike Rate17.114.5

Craig Young

Craig Young

A right-arm fast bowler known for his speed and aggressive style of play; therefore, he is a very crucial element of Ireland’s Twenty-Twenty over cricket ballers’ lineup. Express paces are meant to disturb batsmen some few minutes after they have taken guard hence aiming to take early scalps so that opposing batsmen are destabilised.

Batting
T20IsT20s
Matches5992
Runs72130
Innings2235
Not Out1115
Balls Faced99168
High Score2222
Average6.546.5
Strike Rate72.7277.38
Bowling
T20sT20s
Matches5992
Balls11601854
Innings5790
Runs15222425
Wickets65120
Average23.4120.2
Strike Rate17.815.4

Ireland T20 Cricket Team Winning Records

TeamOppositionSpanTotal MatchesWonLostNo Result 
IrelandSouth Africa 2021 – 20225050
IrelandAfghanistan2010 – 2024268180
IrelandOman2016 – 20226420
IrelandZimbabwe2014 – 202315870
IrelandHong Kong2015 – 20194220
IrelandNamibia2019 – 20212110
IrelandNew Zealand2009 – 20225050
IrelandEngland2010 – 20222101
IrelandNigeria20191100
IrelandPakistan20091010
IrelandKenya2008 – 20125500
IrelandCanada2010 – 20194220
IrelandSri Lanka2009 – 20223030
IrelandAustralia2012 – 20222020
IrelandAustralia20231100
IrelandPapua New Guinea2015 – 20164220
IrelandBangladesh 2009 – 20238251
IrelandBahrain20221100
IrelandItaly20231100
IrelandJersey2019 – 20232200
IrelandNetherlands2008 – 202113571
IrelandDenmark20231100
IrelandWest Indies2010 – 20228332
IrelandIndia2009 – 20237070
IrelandBermuda20081100
IrelandUnited States of America20212110
IrelandUnited Arab Emirates2014 – 202211470
IrelandNepal2015 – 2022330
IrelandScotland2008 – 202315852
IrelandGermany20221100

Ireland T20 Cricket Team  World Cup Records

YearTotal MatchesWonLostNo Result
2009 5140
20102011
2012 – 20132011
2013 – 20143210
2015 – 20163021
2021 – 20223120
2022 – 20237340

Ireland T20 Cricket Team  Coach

The Irish national T20 team, headed by its head coach Heinrich Malan and his dedicated coaching staff, is looking to make an impact at the upcoming 2024 World Cup. 

Heinrich Malan – Head Coach

Joined Cricket Ireland in 2022. He brings eleven years of experience in coaching from South Africa and New Zealand as he was previously a right-hand middle-order batter and medium-fast bowler with first-class experience in South Africa (2005-2009). His expertise has been confirmed by a Level 3 Coaching Certificate obtained from Cricket South Africa, the Assistant Coach role, Fielding Lead for the New Zealand Men’s team, Head Coach of New Zealand A and Batting Coach for the Black Caps.

Gary Wilson – Batting-Wicketkeeping Coach

The former Irish T20I skipper has had a great career playing across 292 games for Ireland before joining Cricket Ireland as a batting-wicketkeeper coach in August 2021. He also led North West Warriors (2021 Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy champions) besides being involved in Derbyshire County Cricket Club as well as Surrey County Cricket Club among other areas.

Ryan Eagleson – National Fast Bowling Coach

Before becoming one of Ireland’s assistant coaches in 2021, Ryan had played sixty-five matches for his nation. Among other things, Ryan Eagleson was also the Irish Under-19 head coach during many U-19 World Cups. He remains one of the very few people to obtain ECB level four qualifications which has ever taken place inside Ireland. Since then he has acted as Performance & Pathway Coach for the National Academy programme since 2009.

Chris Brown – National Spin Bowling Coach 

Chris Brown, a former Lancashire CCC pro, has represented his country as an ECB’s Spin Bowling Consultant, thereby bringing international playing experience and expertise into the team. Previously, he worked with England Young Lions, England & England Lions, Cricket Scotland (ICC T20 World Cups 2021 & 2022), Nottinghamshire CCC and the Zimbabwe National XI. Apart from that, his ECB Level IV coaching qualification and also his involvement in the ECB’s Spin Coaching programs add further value to the card.

Beyond Coaching: The Support Staff

Mark Rausa – Head of Medical Services & Physiotherapy: He is responsible for athlete welfare with over 13 years of working with top athletes such as those at the Welsh Institute of Sport. Before this role, he was Glamorgan Cricket’s Head of Science and Medicine and Lead Physiotherapist.

Brendan Connor – Performance Services Manager/National Lead for Strength & Conditioning: As of 2011, he has been coordinating performance support across Men’s Women’s and Pathway programs. In addition to that he has worked in Elite GAA alongside Ulster University in Strength & Conditioning.

Scott Irvine – Lead Performance Analyst: Scott Irvine was appointed in 2015 to review performance information to enhance the game plan. After graduating from Ulster University sport and Exercise science course he started coaching and doing performance analysis after shifting gears from youth cricketer for Ireland.

Chris Siddell – Team Operations Manager (Men’s): This individual who took up this position in 2015 ensures smooth functions within a team. He earned himself a degree in Sport, Health and Exercise Science along with a Postgrad Secondary Education. Before this job Siddell had been a Physical Education teacher; a coach in different sports as well as a youth development cricket coach.

With a blend of experience, expertise, and a shared vision, Ireland’s coaching staff is well-equipped to guide the team towards their World Cup goals. The emphasis on developing a fighting spirit, changeable strategies and having complete players makes Ireland an interesting team in the world. While they can make it through the knockout stages or cause upsets that no one expected or produce unsung heroes of cricket, Ireland’s 2024 World Cup campaign promises to be exciting.

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