Dublin - Experienced campaigners William Porterfield and brothers Kevin and
Niall O'Brien were on Monday named at the core of Ireland's squad for the
Cricket World Cup.
The trio, along with Ed Joyce and John Mooney, will be
playing at their third World Cup while the 15-man squad also includes
six tournament debutants - Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Andrew
McBrine, Tim Murtagh, Stuart Thompson, and Craig Young.
fantastic to be leading Ireland in another global tournament," said
captain Porterfield, one of a number of players in the squad who earns
his living in the English county championship.
some wonderful performances over the years in World Cups, and there's no
reason why we can't claim further successes in Australia and New
"While we may have lost the surprise factor over the
years, we've certainly gained a lot of respect for our brand of cricket
which has been pretty pleasing.
The Warwickshire batsman told the
Irish Post: "There's a great mix as always in the squad, and the younger
guys coming through are all hungry which keeps the more experienced
players on their toes. Competition for places has been fierce and that's
got to be good for Irish cricket."
Ireland kick off the campaign
on February 16 against West Indies in Nelson before going on to face
South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates in
their Pool B campaign.
Kevin O'Brien made history at the 2011
event in India when he hit the fastest-ever World Cup century against
England in a stunning win in Bangalore.
Ireland, coached by former
West Indies star Phil Simmons, are due to play four one-day
internationals in the United Arab Emirates against fellow-qualifiers
Afghanistan and Scotland, before flying out to Australia at the end of
The World Cup is being played in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29.
Ireland Cricket World Cup squad:
William Porterfield (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce, Andrew McBrine, John Mooney, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Craig Young