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Ireland name their Squad for ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Merrion all-rounder Tyrone Kane has been named in a full Ireland Squad for the first time after a string of impressive domestic performances.

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CRICKET IRELAND have announced their squad for the ICC World T20 Qualifier which they will co-host with Ireland in July
 
Merrion all-rounder Tyrone Kane has been named in a full Ireland Squad for the first time after a string of impressive domestic performances. The 20 year-old took a hat-trick in the competition opener against the Northern Knights and followed it up with a five wicket haul against the North West Warriors.

"Tyrone is an exciting young talent who deserves his chance," said Ireland Head Coach John Bracewell. "He's very much an impact player as shown by his performances in the T20 games this season.

"The Qualifier squad has a nice blend of youth and experience despite the retirements of Ed Joyce and Tim Murtagh last week. There have been a lot of match winning efforts by our guys in the T20 Blast in England too, so everyone looks to be in really fine form going into these games."

Bracewell admitted it was a tough decision to leave out Max Sorensen and Andrew Poynter from the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier squad: "It certainly was a very hard decision to omit the two guys and they are naturally disappointed. They are included in the Scotland series, so  they have a chance to impress should they be needed in case of injuries during the qualifiers."

The call-up was fantastic news for Tyrone Kane who spoke of his delight at being included in both squads: "It's a dream come true for me. It's a great honour for me and my club Merrion, and I am looking forward to contributing. I've worked very hard on my game and this is a great reward. 

"It should be a tough series against Scotland and ideal preparations for the Qualifier which follow. It's going to be an intense period for all the squad, but hopefully we'll have secured qualification at the end of it."

"The three game series against Scotland will provide a tough work-out for the squad ahead of the qualifying competition," said Bracewell. "I know all too well about local rivalries and bragging rights, so I'm certain the matches against Scotland will be incredibly competitive - but that's just what we need."

ICC World T20 Qualifier squad:

William Porterfield (capt) (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), Alex Cusack (Clontarf), George Dockrell (Somerset), Tyrone  Kane (Merrion), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Graeme McCarter (Coleraine), John Mooney (Balbriggan), Niall O'Brien (Leicestershire), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).
 

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