A total 19 central players feature in the central contract list for the Ireland Men’s senior international squad, as confirmed by Cricket Ireland on Wednesday, January 8.
All-rounders Gareth Delany (22) and Shane Getkate (28) earned their first full-time senior contracts, while Mark Adair the 23-year-old paceman, who was awarded a contract during the second half of 2019, makes the list for his first full year as a contracted player. The list marks Ireland's first year with all contracts being full-time.
“The Selectors have been working hard over the last two years to help identify and mould a squad of players that blends our young talented players with the experience of our senior players - a squad that can compete on multiple fronts, and one which is looking forward to playing in what will be our busiest year ever,” said Andrew White, chairman of national men’s selectors.
“While we wish these 19 players well for the year ahead, we’d like to think that announcements like this also act as motivation for players outside this core group. The message to any player aspiring to play at the top level would be to take inspiration from some of the players on the contracts list today - they have made this list through hard work, putting in consistent performances and seizing the opportunities when they arose."
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Richard Holdsworth, performance director for Cricket Ireland, marked out 2019 as the year of progress for Ireland and hopes for the same in the upcoming twelve months.
“All of this work is crucial, much of it is unheralded, but it has driven our ambition to prove that Ireland belongs at the top table of international cricket," Holdsworth said. "We are creating sustainable structures behind our international teams and building for long-term success.
“2019 was a year of progress, but despite the challenges and headwinds we have faced, 2020 is shaping up as a year that will help grow our sport in Ireland, and our sporting brand around the world.”
Complete contracted players list: Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O'Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young
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