Ireland names young squad for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup
Laura Delany will lead a team for the World Cup with an average age of 24 years. Ireland failed to qualify for the 2020 event and will compete in the Women’s T20 World Cup for the first time since 2018.
Coached by former Ireland and England international Ed Joyce, Ireland had an incredible 2022, winning eight T20Is, the most they have won in a year in the format in women’s cricket.
“It has been incredibly rewarding and encouraging to see our squad progress so far, both on and off the field in 2022, achieving some groundbreaking results as a team and as individuals,” said national selector Carrie Archer.
“Although there were numerous highlights, the most satisfying of them all was the successful T20 World Cup qualifying campaign. We have not competed in a global tournament since 2018.
Although we came heartbreakingly close in qualifying in 2019, we ultimately fell short, so this year’s qualifying felt like a redemption and reward for the hard work put in by the players, coaches and support staff,” she added.
Ireland will face England first on February 13. India, Pakistan and West Indies are the other teams in their group. The tournament kicks off in South Africa on February 10, with the final on the 26th of the month.
Squad: Laura Delany (captain), Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Arlene Kelly, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Eimear Richardson, Rebecca Stokell, Mary Waldron.
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