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Ireland cricket team

The Ireland cricket team represents all of Ireland in international cricket. The Irish Cricket Union, operating under the brand Cricket Ireland is the sport's governing body in Ireland, and organises the international team.

Ireland participate in all three major forms of the international game; Test, One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) matches. They are the 11th Full Member of the International Cricket Council (ICC), and the second Full Member from Europe, having been awarded Test status, along with Afghanistan, on 22 June 2017.[8][9][10][11]

Cricket was introduced to Ireland in the 19th century, and the first match played by an Ireland team was in 1855. Ireland toured Canada and the United States in the late 19th century, and occasionally hosted matches against touring sides. Ireland's most significant international rivalry, with the Scotland national cricket team, was established when the teams first played each other in 1888.[12] Ireland's maiden first-class match was played in 1902.

Ireland were elected to Associate membership of the ICC in 1993, but played their first full ODI in 2006 against England in the build-up to the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, their first successful qualification. At that tournament, a series of eye-catching results against Full Members, including a draw against Zimbabwe, and wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh confirmed Ireland's ODI status after the competition. Since then, they have gone on to play 150 ODIs, resulting in 64 victories, 75 defeats, 8 no results, and 3 ties.[13] Contracts for players were introduced in 2009, marking the transition to becoming a professional team.

Further success in the shortest format meant the Ireland team also qualified for the 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2020 World Twenty20 competitions.

Prior to attaining Test status, Ireland also played first-class international cricket in the ICC Intercontinental Cup, which they have won four times between 2005 and 2013. Due to their successes in the first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup competition, and further high profile wins at the World Cups of 2011 (England) and 2015 (West Indies and Zimbabwe), they were labelled the "leading Associate"[14] and stated their intention to become a full member by 2020. This intention was realised in June 2017, when the ICC unanimously decided to award Ireland and Afghanistan Full Member status, which allows them to participate in Test matches.[15]


History

Early history

Cricket was introduced to Ireland by the English in the towns of Kilkenny and Ballinasloe in the early 19th century. In the 1830s, the game began to spread; many of the clubs which were founded in the following 30 years are still in existence today.[16] The first Irish national team played in 1855 against The Gentlemen of England in Dublin. In the 1850s, the Englishman Charles Lawrence was responsible for developing the game in Ireland through his coaching.[16] In the 1850s and 1860s, Ireland was visited for the first time by touring professional teams. Ireland's first match against Marylebone Cricket Club (the M.C.C.) was in 1858.[16]

The game gained popularity until the early 1880s. The land war in the 1880s resulting from the Irish Land Commission and a ban on playing "foreign" games, in practice, British, by the Gaelic Athletic Association set back the spread of cricket. The ban was lifted in 1970, and before then anyone playing foreign games, such as cricket was banned from the Irish games such as hurling and Gaelic football. Irish teams toured Canada and the US in 1879, 1888, 1892, and 1909. On top of this, Ireland defeated a touring South African side in 1904.[16] Their first match with first-class status was played on 19 May 1902 against a London County side including W.G. Grace. The Irish, captained by Sir Tim O'Brien, won convincingly by 238 runs.[17]

Before 1993

After the 1902 tour of England, where four matches yielded one win, two draws and one loss, Ireland did not play first-class cricket again for five years.[18] Although the team had lost to the South Africans in 1894 – Ireland's first match against a Test-playing nation – Ireland defeated South Africa in 1904; it was the team's first victory against a Test side.[19] In 1909, the first annual first-class match between Ireland and Scotland was held, and an annual match against the MCC was arranged from 1924 onwards.[16]

The Irish played yearly first-class matches with the Scots, only interrupted by world wars, until 1999, but all their other cricket depended upon touring international sides finding it convenient to include a visit to Ireland in their schedules. However, Ireland sometimes surprised Test nations on these occasions, beating the West Indies by 60 runs in a three-day match in Dublin in 1928, for example; it was Ireland's first match against the West Indies.[19] In 1969, in a match played at Sion Mills in County Tyrone, the team defeated a West Indian side including Clive Lloyd and Clyde Walcott by nine wickets, after bowling them out for 25.[20] This was the last time Ireland defeated a touring side until 2003, when they beat Zimbabwe by ten wickets.[21]

The Scots and the Irish were mostly competing with Sri Lanka for the title as the best non-Test nation at the time – indeed, Ireland drew with Sri Lanka in a rain-hit first-class match in 1979, Ireland scoring a total of 341 for 7 in two innings, while Sri Lanka made 288 for 6 in one innings. Ireland, along with Scotland and the Netherlands, has at times played in competitions for English county cricket sides, including the Benson & Hedges Cup and the Friends Provident Trophy (previously the C&G Trophy). Since there is no nationality restriction in county cricket, non-Irish people were allowed to compete for Ireland in these matches. For example, Hansie Cronje of South Africa played for Ireland in 1997,[22] as did New Zealander Jesse Ryder in 2007.[23]

Associate Member (1993–2007)

Ireland joined the ICC as an Associate Member in 1993, a year before Scotland.[24] This meant Ireland could play in the ICC Trophy for the first time in 1994, and they finished seventh in the tournament.[25] Three years later they progressed to the semi-finals of the competition but lost the third place play-off with Scotland, thus missing a place at the 1999 cricket World Cup. Ireland finished eighth in the 2001 tournament.[26] After this, Adrian Birrell was hired as coach.[27]

Ireland playing against Essex in the Friends Provident Trophy at Clontarf in 2007.

With the introduction of the ICC Intercontinental Cup in 2004,[28] Ireland had a chance to play first-class on a regular basis. After failing to progress beyond the group stages in the 2004 competition,[29] Ireland won their first Cup title in October 2005 with a six-wicket win over Kenya.[30] The 2005 ICC Trophy, which was hosted in Ireland – the group stages in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the final stages in Dublin, Republic of Ireland – saw the Irish make the final, which they lost to Scotland.[31] Though Ireland were runners-up, they had secured their place at the 2007 World Cup as well as an extra $500,000 over the next four years from the ICC to encourage development of Irish cricket.[32] They also gained official ODI status.[32]

Ireland's inaugural ODI was played in front of a full house of 7,500 spectators at Stormont, Belfast, on 13 June 2006 against England. It was the first time Ireland had played the full England side. Though Ireland lost by 38 runs, they were praised by Andrew Strauss, England's stand-in captain.[33][34]

13 June 2006
[1]
England 
301/7 (50 overs)
v
Ireland Ireland
263/9 (50 overs)
Marcus Trescothick 113 (114)
Dave Langford-Smith 3/63 (10 overs)
Andre Botha 52 (89)
Steve Harmison 3/58 (10 overs)
England won by 38 runs
Stormont, Belfast
Umpires: Roger Dill (BER) and DB Hair (AUS)
Player of the match: Marcus Trescothick (Eng)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.
  • First ever ODI match for Ireland.

August saw them participate in Division One of the European Championship, against Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland. The games against the Netherlands and Scotland had ODI status. In the tournament, and what was the team's second ODI, Ireland recorded their first ODI win, beating fellow Associates Scotland by 85 runs after man-of-the-match Eoin Morgan made 99.[35][36] Although the match against the Netherlands was a no-result, Ireland won the European Championship title.[37] Ireland's second Intercontinental Cup title came in the 2006–2007 competition. They faced Canada in the final and won by an innings and 115 runs, the four-day match concluding within two days. This made Ireland the first team to successfully defend the Continental Cup.[38]

For the 2006 season, the C&G Trophy was reorganised to include a round-robin stage instead of being entirely knock-out. Whereas Ireland had only one match guaranteed in the tournament before, they now had more fixtures against English county sides. Ireland recorded one win in their nine matches.[39] Ireland participated in the competition until it was restructured again in 2009. In that time they played 25 matches and won two.[40][41] The latter of those victories was against Worcestershire; in that match Ireland bowled Worcestershire out for 58, which was their lowest ever one-day total. It was the first time that Ireland had bowled out a county for less than 100.[42][43] Ireland were invited to participate in the reformatted competition from 2010 onwards, but chose not to do so, and instead focused their limited financial resources on international cricket.[44]

One-Day International status (2007–present)

At the start of 2007, Ireland saw more than three months of almost constant cricket. First was a visit to Kenya, where they took part in Division One of the ICC World Cricket League. They finished fifth in the league after four narrow defeats, and Kenya won the league.[45] Before the World Cup, the team participated in a high-performance camp in South Africa.[46] Ireland's performance in their inaugural World Cup in the 2007 Cricket World Cup took many pundits by surprise. In their first game, on 15 March, they tied with Zimbabwe, primarily thanks to Ireland's first ever World Cup century by man-of-the-match Jeremy Bray and economical bowling in the final overs by Trent Johnston and Andre Botha.[47] In their second match, played on Saint Patrick's Day, they beat the fourth-ranked team in the world, Pakistan, by three wickets, thus knocking Pakistan out of the competition.[48]

17 March 2007
Scorecard
 Pakistan
132 (45.4 overs)
v
 Ireland
133/7 (41.4 overs)
Kamran Akmal 27 (47)
Boyd Rankin 3/32 (9 overs)
Niall O'Brien 72 (107)
Mohammad Sami 3/29 (10 overs)
Ireland won by 3 wickets (D/L method)
Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica
Umpires: Billy Bowden (NZ) and Brian Jerling (SA)
Player of the match: Niall O'Brien (Ire)
  • Rain and bad light reduced Ireland's target to 133 from 47 overs.

These two results were enough to advance Ireland to the Super 8 stage of the tournament. In their final group stage game, the West Indies beat them by eight wickets.[49] In the Super 8 stage, they lost their five matches against England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and Sri Lanka, but recorded a 74-run victory against Test playing nation Bangladesh, the 9th ranked team in the world. The team received a heroes' welcome in Dublin.[50]

After the World Cup, former West Indies cricketer Phil Simmons took over the role of coach from Birrell.[51] India were scheduled to play South Africa in a series of One Day Internationals in Ireland in June 2007. Ireland also played one-off matches at Stormont against the two teams. Missing several players from their World Cup squad, Ireland lost both games.[52] Ireland hosted a quadrangular tournament in Dublin and Belfast in July involving the West Indies, the Netherlands, and Scotland. Ireland and the West Indies both won their games against Scotland and the Netherlands with their direct encounter ending in no result due to rain. The West Indies won the tournament because of a bonus point won against the Netherlands.[53] Trent Johnston stepped down as captain and was replaced by William Porterfield in March 2008.[54]

The 2007–08 ICC Intercontinental Cup began in June, with Ireland playing their first match in August. In November 2008, the team's campaign ended. After finishing second in the round-robin stage of the competition, Ireland faced Namibia in the final. Ireland won by nine wickets, securing their third consecutive Intercontinental Cup title.[55] In March 2008 Ireland toured Bangladesh, playing three ODIs against the hosts and losing all of them.[56] In July, Ireland played a tri-series against New Zealand and Scotland in Aberdeen but lost both matches.[57]

Ireland playing against Pakistan at the Kennington Oval during the 2009 T20 World Cup. Niall O'Brien is keeping wicket whilst and Trent Johnston is the fielder.

Reigning champions Ireland hosted the European Cricket Championship (Division One) in late July and they won their third European title, winning every match, including the decisive encounter against Scotland by seven wickets.[58] In early August, Ireland hosted five other Associate nations at the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Belfast; this was Ireland's Twenty20 International debut. Ireland would have faced the Netherlands in the final, however the match was rained off and the teams shared the trophy.[59] By getting to the final of the tournament, Ireland qualified for the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 in England in June 2009. Later in August, Ireland were due to play three ODIs at home against Kenya. Ireland won the first game, the second game could not be finished due to rain and the last match was completely washed out.[60] In October, the team visited Kenya for a tri-series of ODIs with the hosts and Zimbabwe. Only two of Ireland's four games in the round-robin stage could be played, the others were rained off. Ireland lost their first match to Zimbabwe,[61] but won their second against Kenya, though they failed to qualify for the final.[62][63]

In the run-up to the 2009 ICC World Twenty20, Ireland were deprived of batsman Eoin Morgan, similarly to Ed Joyce several years earlier, who was selected to play for England, making him ineligible to play for Ireland again.[64] Ireland played their first Twenty20 International against a full ICC member side on 8 June 2009 and in their opening match of the tournament defeated Bangladesh by four wickets and knocked them out of the tournament.[65][66] Ireland progressed to the second stage of the competition. They were grouped with New Zealand, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and lost all three of their matches. In 2009, Ireland played nine ODIs, winning the seven they played against Associate nations, losing their only match against a Test team (England), and one match was abandoned.[67]

Ireland played 17 One Day Internationals in 2010, winning 11 (including a victory over Bangladesh) and losing six.[68] Ireland were knocked out of the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, hosted by South Africa in April and May, after being beaten by the West Indies and a washed out match against England.

Captain William Porterfield batting against England during Malahide Cricket Club Ground's inaugural ODI in 2013.

The 2011 Cricket World Cup was held between February and March and hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Though Ireland did not progress beyond the first round they secured a historic victory against England.[69] Ireland beat England by 3 wickets with Kevin O'Brien hitting the fastest century in World Cup history, managing the feat in just 50 balls.[70] In passing England's total of 327 for victory, Ireland broke the record for the highest successful run chase in the World Cup.[71]

2 March 2011
Scorecard
England 
327/8 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
329/7 (49.1 overs)
Jonathan Trott 92 (92)
Trent Johnston 2/58 (10 overs)
Kevin O'Brien 113 (63)
Graeme Swann 3/47 (10 overs)
Ireland won by 3 wickets
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Billy Bowden (NZ)
Player of the match: Kevin O'Brien (Ire)
  • England won the toss and elected to bat.

Shortly after the tournament ended, the ICC announced that the World Cups in 2015 and 2019 would contain ten teams; the Associate countries, who were most likely to miss out in a tournament with fewer teams strongly objected, and, led by Ireland, urged the ICC to reconsider. In June the decision was reversed.[72][73] After the World Cup Ireland played Pakistan, England, and Scotland in ODIs but lost each match.[69] A further ODI against Sri Lanka was rained off. In all, Ireland played 12 ODIs in 2011, winning four.[74]

Ireland qualified for the 2015 Cricket World Cup, and were promoted to the ICC ODI Championship, leaving the World Cricket League, but not the ICC Intercontinental Cup. In their first match of the World Cup, Ireland defeated the West Indies by 4 wickets, chasing down 304 runs with 25 balls to spare.[75]

16 February
Scorecard
West Indies 
304/7 (50 overs)
v
 Ireland
307/6 (45.5 overs)
Lendl Simmons 102 (84)
George Dockrell 3/50 (10 overs)
Paul Stirling 92 (84)
Jerome Taylor 3/71 (8.5 overs)
Ireland won by 4 wickets
Saxton Oval, Nelson
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Bruce Oxenford (Aus)
Player of the match: Paul Stirling (Ire)
  • Ireland won the toss and elected to field.

In their second match they beat the United Arab Emirates by two wickets with four balls to spare; the target was 279. Out of only five successful World Cup chases of 300 runs or more, Ireland have provided three.[76][77]

In July 2016, Ireland played in its first five-match ODI series against Afghanistan which ended 2–2 with the first ODI being washed out. In September, Ireland toured South Africa for a one match ODI series against Australia and the hosts but lost both games. At the ICC's board meeting in October, Ireland was awarded first-class status for its domestic competition, the Inter-Provincial Championship. In May 2017, Ireland travelled to England to play a two-match ODI series for the first time, though they ended up losing both games.

Test status (2017–present)

In January 2012 Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom publicly declared Ireland's ambition to play Test cricket by 2020. Their desire to achieve Test status was in part to stem the tide of Irish players using residency rules to switch to England for the opportunity to play Test cricket. Deutrom outlined the ambition as he unveiled the new strategic plan for Irish cricket to 2015. The plan set out a series of stretching goals including increasing the number of participants in the game to 50,000, setting a target of reaching 8th in the World rankings, establishing a domestic first-class cricket structure, and reinforcing cricket as the fifth most popular team sport in Ireland.[78][79]

Deutrom had already sent a letter to the ICC in 2009 stating his board's intention to apply for Full Membership – a potential pathway to Test cricket – and to seek clarification on the process.[80] Former Australian bowler Jason Gillespie said that if Ireland got Test status it "would be huge news in world cricket, and it would be a massive positive story for the world game".[81] Following Ireland's victory over the West Indies in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, former fast bowler Michael Holding said that the International Cricket Council should grant Ireland Test status immediately, saying "they need to be recognised now".[82] The ICC said in 2015 that Ireland would be granted Test status in 2019 should they win the 2015–17 ICC Intercontinental Cup and beat the 10th ranked Test nation in a four-match Test series in 2018.[83]

However, on 22 June 2017, after more than a decade of playing top-class international cricket, full ICC membership was granted to Ireland (along with Afghanistan) at an ICC meeting in London, thus making them the eleventh Test cricket team.[84] In October 2017, the ICC announced that Ireland's first Test match would be at home against Pakistan in May 2018.[85][86] Ireland played their first 'touring' test in India in March 2019 against fellow newcomers Afghanistan, where they lost by 7 wickets. This is to be followed by a four-day Test match against England at Lord's in July 2019.[87] According to the ICC Future Tours Programme for 2019–23, Ireland are scheduled to play sixteen Tests, but along with Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, are not included in the first two editions of the ICC World Test Championship.[88]

11–15 May 2018[nb 1]
Scorecard
v
310/9d (96 overs)
Faheem Ashraf 83 (115)
Tim Murtagh 4/45 (25 overs)
130 (47.2 overs)
Kevin O'Brien 40 (68)
Mohammad Abbas 4/44 (11 overs)
160/5 (45 overs)
Imam-ul-Haq 74* (121)
Tim Murtagh 2/55 (16 overs)
339 (129.3 overs) (f/o)
Kevin O'Brien 118 (217)
Mohammad Abbas 5/66 (28.3 overs)
Pakistan won by 5 wickets
The Village, Malahide
Umpires: Richard Illingworth (Eng) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Kevin O'Brien (Ire)

International grounds

Locations of all stadiums which have hosted an international cricket match within Ireland
GroundCityCapacityFirst UsedTestODIT20I
Clontarf Cricket Club Ground (Castle Avenue)Dublin3,200199922 [89]1 [90]
Civil Service Cricket Club Ground (Stormont)Belfast7,000200624 [91]17 [92]
Malahide Cricket Club Ground (The Village)Malahide11,50020131 [93]12 [94]6 [95]
Bready Cricket Club GroundMagheramason3,000201505 [96]

Governing body

Flag of the Irish team

The Irish Cricket Union (ICU) – the governing body of Irish cricket – was officially founded in 1923, although its predecessor had been active since 1890.[16] In common with a number of other Ireland sporting governing bodies, the Union was formed to represent cricket throughout the island of Ireland, rather than just the Republic of Ireland. In common with its counterparts for rugby union and field hockey, the Union therefore does not use the Irish tricolor, but instead employs its own flag, which is used by such bodies as the International Cricket Council to represent the team and in ICC tournaments; "Ireland's Call" is used as the national anthem.[97][98]

In 2007, the ICU announced major changes to bring it into line with the main cricket governing bodies.[what were they?][99] After the World Cup, Irish cricket had poor results in the 2007 Friends Provident Trophy, as many players were unavailable. The Irish cricket team was an amateur side and most of the players had full-time jobs with commitments conflicting with cricket.[46]

Warren Deutrom, the chief executive of the ICU, has stated that it wants to "seek actively to place Irish players into top-level cricket, by developing relationships with [especially] county cricket which will incorporate appropriate player release for Irish international duty, and feeder systems for developing Irish cricketers".[99] The reorganised ICU sought closer links with the English county teams, to encourage the development of age group cricket, and to introduce a professional element into the Irish game. They also want to take the Ireland cricket team on winter tours more often.[99]

In an attempt to prevent the game losing players to counties or other commitments such as jobs, it was suggested that central contracts should be introduced.[100] This was done in June 2009, with the first two going to Trent Johnston and Alex Cusack.[101] The number of full-time contracts was expanded to six in January 2010 with support for a further nine players; the contracts were split into three categories.[102][103] In January 2012 the number of contracts was increased to 23, and coach Phil Simmons highlighted the process of becoming professional as an important factor in the team's success.[104]

Team colours

In test matches, Ireland wears cricket whites, with the optional sweater or vest with a green v-neck with the Cricket Ireland logo on the centre. The shirts feature the Cricket Ireland logo on the right breast, the manufacturer logo on the sleeve and the sponsor logo on the left breast. The fielders wear a navy blue cricket cap or a white sunhat with the Cricket Ireland logo. The batsman helmets are coloured similarly. In limited-overs cricket, Ireland wears an emerald green(in ODI) or lawn green (in T20) uniform with navy blue and white accents and feature the Cricket Ireland logo on the right breast, the sponsor logo on the centre and the manufacturer logo on the left breast. The fielders wear a dark blue baseball-style cap or sunhat. In ICC-regulated tournaments, the sponsor logo goes to the non-leading arm sleeve, making space for the inscription "IRELAND" written in white, on the centre section of the shirt. The sponsor is Turkish Airlines[105] and the manufacturer is O'Neills.[105]

Tournament history

World Cup

World Cup record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
England 1975Not eligible
England 1979
England Wales 1983
India Pakistan 1987
Australia New Zealand 1992
India Pakistan Sri Lanka 1996Did Not Qualify
England Wales 1999
South Africa 2003
West Indies Cricket Board 2007Super 88/16102710
India Bangladesh Sri Lanka 2011Group Stage11/1462400
Australia New Zealand 20159/1463300
England Wales 2019Did Not Qualify
Total2271410

World Twenty20

World Twenty20 record
YearRoundPositionGPWLTNR
South Africa 2007Did not qualify
England 2009Super 88/1251400
West Indies Cricket Board 2010Group stage9/1220101
Sri Lanka 201220101
Bangladesh 201413/1632100
India 201615/1630201
Australia 2020
Total153903

Other tournaments

ICC Trophy / World Cup Qualifier
(One day, List A from 2005)
Intercontinental Cup
(FC)
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
(T20I/Twenty20)
  • 1979–1990 inclusive: Ineligible (not an ICC member)
  • 1994: Second round
  • 1997: 4th place
  • 2001: 7th place
  • 2005: 2nd place (qualified)
  • 2009: Won (qualified)
  • 2014: Pre-qualified through ICC WCL Championship
  • 2018: 5th place
  • 2009: Won (qualified)
  • 2010: 2nd place (qualified)
  • 2012: Won (qualified)
  • 2013: Won (qualified)
  • 2015: 3rd place (qualified)
  • 2019: 3rd place (qualified)
ICC 6 Nations Challenge/
World Cricket League (ODI)
European Championship (OD/ODI) ‡Triple Crown
(Tournament Defunct)
  • 2000: 3rd place
  • 2002: Did not participate
  • 2004: Did not participate
  • 2007: 5th place (Division One)
  • 2010: Won (Division One)
  • 2011–13: Won (ICC WCL Championship)
  • 1996: Won
  • 1998: 4th place (Division One)
  • 2000: 4th place (Division One)
  • 2002: 3rd place (Division One)
  • 2004: 2nd place (Division One)
  • 2006: Won (Division One)
  • 2008: Won (Division One)
  • 2010: 2nd place (Division One) as Ireland A
  • 1993: 2nd place
  • 1994: 3rd place
  • 1995: 3rd place
  • 1996: Won
  • 1997: 3rd place
  • 1998: 3rd place
  • 1999: 4th place
  • 2000: 2nd place
  • 2001: 4th place

‡ Only the matches between Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands in the 2006 tournament have official ODI status.

European Annual Tri-Series (T20I)

Result summary
YearPositionGPWLTNR
Netherlands 20183/341210
Republic of Ireland 20191/342101
Total83311

Ireland Tri-Nation Series (ODI)

Result summary
YearPositionGPWLTNR
Republic of Ireland 20173/340301
Republic of Ireland 20193/340301
Total80602

Current squad

This lists all the active players who have played for Ireland in the past year (since 9 November 2018) and the forms in which they have played, or any players (in italics) outside this criteria who have been selected in the team's most recent squad. In addition, it includes all 19 players contracted by Cricket Ireland in December 2018,[106] apart from Stuart Poynter who retired from international cricket in 2019.[107]

Key

  • S/N = Shirt number
  • C/G = Contract grade
NameAgeBatting styleBowling styleDomestic teamFormsS/NC/G[106]Last TestLast ODILast T20I
Batsmen
Andrew Balbirnie28Right-handedRight-arm off-breakLeinster LightningTest (C), ODI (C), T20I63F/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019Namibia 2019
James McCollum24Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastNorthern KnightsTest, ODI7F/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019
William Porterfield35Left-handedRight-arm off-breakNorth West WarriorsTest, ODI6F/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019Afghanistan 2018
James Shannon29Right-handedRight-arm off-breakNorthern Knights77F/TPakistan 2013India 2018
Paul Stirling29Right-handedRight-arm off-breakMiddlesexTest, ODI, T20I (VC)1P/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019Namibia 2019
Harry Tector19Right-handedRight-arm off-breakNorthern KnightsT20I13F/TNamibia 2019
Greg Thompson32Right-handedRight-arm leg-breakNorthern KnightsT20IZimbabwe 2019
Wicket-keepers
Lorcan Tucker23Right-handedLeinster LightningODI, T20I3Zimbabwe 2019Oman 2019
Gary Wilson33Right-handedNorthern KnightsTest, ODI, T20I (C)14F/TEngland 2019Afghanistan 2019Namibia 2019
All-rounders
Mark Adair23Right-handedRight-arm fastNorthern KnightsTest, ODI, T20I32England 2019Zimbabwe 2019Namibia 2019
Gareth Delany22Right-handedRight-arm leg-breakLeinster LightningT20I64Namibia 2019
Shane Getkate28Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastNorthern KnightsODI, T20I58Zimbabwe 2019Namibia 2019
Andy McBrine26Left-handedRight-arm off-breakNorth West WarriorsTest, ODI35F/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019Afghanistan 2017
Kevin O'Brien35Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastLeinster LightningTest (VC), ODI (VC), T20I22F/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019Namibia 2019
Simi Singh32Right-handedRight-arm off-breakLeinster LightningODI, T20I21F/TAfghanistan 2019Namibia 2019
Stuart Thompson28Left-handedRight-arm medium-fastNorth West WarriorsTest, T20I17F/TEngland 2019Bangladesh 2017Netherlands 2019
Pace bowlers
Peter Chase26Right-handedRight-arm medium-fastLeinster LightningT20I28F/TAfghanistan 2018Afghanistan 2019
David Delany21Left-handedRight-arm medium-fastNorthern KnightsT20IJersey 2019
Tyrone Kane25Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumLeinster LightningT20I17F/TPakistan 2018Zimbabwe 2019
Joshua Little20Right-handedLeft-arm fastLeinster LightningODI, T20I82Bangladesh 2019Zimbabwe 2019
Barry McCarthy27Right-handedRight-arm mediumLeinster LightningODI60F/TAfghanistan 2019Scotland 2018
Tim Murtagh38Left-handedRight-arm fast-mediumMiddlesexTest, ODI34P/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019Netherlands 2016
Boyd Rankin35Left-handedRight-arm fast-mediumNorth West WarriorsTest, ODI, T20I30F/TEngland 2019Zimbabwe 2019Namibia 2019
Craig Young29Right-handedRight-arm fast-mediumNorth West WarriorsT20I44F/TNew Zealand 2017Namibia 2019
Spin bowlers
James Cameron-Dow29Left-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxNorthern KnightsTest, ODI81Afghanistan 2019Afghanistan 2019
George Dockrell27Right-handedSlow left-arm orthodoxLeinster LightningTest, ODI, T20I50F/TAfghanistan 2019Afghanistan 2019Netherlands 2019

Coaching staff

  • Head coach: South Africa Graham Ford
  • Assistant head coach and fast bowling coach : Australia Rob Cassell
  • Batting consultant and fielding coach : England Ben Smith
  • Strength & Conditioning coach: Brendan Connor
  • Physiotherapist: Kieran O'Reilly
  • Performance analyst: Scott Irvine
  • Manager: England Chris Siddell

Records

International match summary – Ireland[108][109][110]

Last updated 2 November 2019.
Playing record
FormatMWLTD/NRInaugural match
Tests3030011 May 2018
One-Day Internationals15367753813 June 2006
Twenty20 Internationals924045162 August 2008

Test matches

Test record versus other nations[108]

Records complete to Test #2352. Last updated 26 July 2019.
OpponentMWLTNRFirst win
 Afghanistan10100
 England10100
 Pakistan10100
  • Bold – still playing for Ireland

One-Day Internationals

Highest ODI scores for Ireland[123]

PlayerRunsOppositionVenueCompetitionDate
Paul Stirling177 CanadaTorontoIrish cricket team in Canada in 2010–117 September 2010
Ed Joyce160*AfghanistanBelfastAfghan cricket team in Ireland in 201619 July 2016
Andrew Balbirnie145*AfghanistanDehradunIrish cricket team against Afghanistan in India in 2018–195 March 2019
Kevin O'Brien142KenyaNairobi (Ruaraka)2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One2 February 2007
William Porterfield139UAEDubai2017–18 United Arab Emirates Tri-Nation Series13 January 2018
Andrew Balbirnie135West IndiesThe Village, Dublin2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series11 May 2019
Paul Stirling130BangladeshDublin2019 Ireland Tri-Nation Series15 May 2019
Paul Stirling126 UAEHarare2018 Cricket World Cup Qualifier12 March 2018
William Porterfield119AfghanistanGreater NoidaIrish cricket team against Afghanistan in India in 2016–1715 March 2017
Ed Joyce116*PakistanDublinPakistani cricket team in Ireland in 201326 May 2013
Ed Joyce116*UAEDubai2017–18 United Arab Emirates Tri-Nation Series11 January 2018
Jeremy Bray116ScotlandNairobi (Gym)2007 ICC World Cricket League Division One30 January 2007
  • Bold – still playing for Ireland

ODI record versus other nations[109]

Records complete to ODI #4189. Last updated 7 July 2019.
v. Full members
OpponentMWLTNRFirst win
 Afghanistan271313013 July 2010
 Australia50401
 Bangladesh10270115 April 2007
 England1018012 March 2011
 India30300
 New Zealand40400
 Pakistan7151017 March 2007
 South Africa50500
 Sri Lanka40400
 West Indies9170116 February 2015
 Zimbabwe13661030 September 2010
v. Associate Members
OpponentMWLTNRFirst win
 Bermuda1100031 January 2007
 Canada862006 April 2009
 Kenya10720124 August 2008
 Netherlands10711111 July 2007
 Papua New Guinea110006 March 2018
 Scotland20154015 August 2006
 United Arab Emirates6600025 February 2015

Twenty20 Internationals

  • Bold – still playing for Ireland

T20I record versus other nations[110]

Records complete to T20I #996. Last updated 2 November 2019.
OpponentMWLTNRFirst win
v. Full members
v.  Afghanistan15312001 February 2010
v.  Australia10100
v.  Bangladesh513018 June 2009
v.  England10001
v.  India30300
v.  New Zealand10100
v.  Pakistan10100
v.  Sri Lanka10100
v.  West Indies4120119 February 2014
v.  Zimbabwe3210017 March 2014
v. Associate Members
v.  Bermuda110003 August 2008
v.  Canada4220022 March 2012
v.  Hong Kong422007 October 2019
v.  Jersey1100025 October 2019
v.  Kenya550004 August 2008
v.  Namibia110002 November 2019
v.    Nepal2200013 July 2015
v.  Netherlands12470113 February 2010
v.  Nigeria1100026 October 2019
v.  Oman4220013 February 2019
v.  Papua New Guinea422006 February 2016
v.  Scotland1373122 August 2008
v.  United Arab Emirates5320019 March 2014

First-class

  • Highest team total: 589/7 declared v. UAE, 13 March 2013, ICC Intercontinental Cup match at Sharjah, UAE[129]

Highest individual innings[130]

PlayerScoreOpponentsCompetitionDateVenue
Ed Joyce231UAEICC Intercontinental Cup2–3 June 2015Dublin
Eoin Morgan209*UAEICC Intercontinental Cup11 February 2007Abu Dhabi
Jeremy Bray190UAEICC Intercontinental Cup25 February 2005Windhoek
Andre Botha186ScotlandICC Intercontinental Cup9 August 2007Belfast
Niall O'Brien176UAEICC Intercontinental Cup23 October 2005Windhoek
Niall O'Brien174UAEICC Intercontinental Cup6 March 2008Abu Dhabi
Andre Botha172NetherlandsICC Intercontinental Cup9 July 2008Rotterham
Kevin O'Brien171*KenyaICC Intercontinental Cup11 October 2008Nairobi
Sir Tim O'Brien167Oxford UniversityUniversity match26 May 1902Oxford
William Porterfield166BermudaICC Intercontinental Cup23 August 2007Dublin

Note: Ivan Anderson's 198* v. Canada was in a non-first-class match

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Although the match was set to begin on 11 May, the first day was lost due to rain and play began on 12 May.
  1. ^ a b c Also played for England; only the player's record for Ireland is counted here.

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