Doheny, Olfert earn Ireland’s first call-up for T20I series against India

Both the players were recently given retainer contracts by Cricket Ireland and are now included in the 14-man squad set to face India in Malahide on 26 and 28 June. There is no place for Indian-origin off-spin all-rounder Simi Singh, left-handed batsman Andrew McBrine providing some off-spin and Gareth Delany as leg-spin all-rounder.

Doheny, 23, plays club cricket with Merion and is the current leading run-scorer in the Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy competition, scoring 158 runs at an average of 52.67, with the highest score of 74 not out. He has scored valuable runs at the top of the order in the 50-over inter-provincial competition, scoring 146 runs at 36.50 with the highest score of 97.

Olfert, 25, plays for Brady at club level, and since he made his List A debut in 2020, the current season has been one of his most watched. The pacer, known for his pace and bounce, was picked as the net bowler for Ireland’s men’s tour of the UAE in early 2021. He has so far taken 6 wickets at 19.17 in the Inter-Provincial T20 Trophy and has also bagged 6 wickets. In a 50 over competition.

“The T20I squad has a familiar core to the team, but it is heartening to see many new faces earn the call-up in Stefan Doheny and Conor Olfert. Both Warriors players have continued this season with consistent performances at the inter-provincial level. Has impressed, while Doheny has pulled back from a good tour of Namibia with the Ireland Wolves.”

“Olfert has bowled fast, especially on good wickets in Comber last month, and his selection gives him an opportunity to look at him as a tactical option,” National Men’s President Andrew White said. selector in one statement.

This will be Ireland’s first T20I series under the coaching of Henrik Malan, who has enjoyed success as a coach in New Zealand’s domestic circuit for more than 11 years. “There aren’t many better challenges for a new national coach than to start his stint against the world’s number one ranked T20I team, India.”

“Henrik (Malan) has been working hard since coming to Ireland, traversing the island, getting to know the players and becoming familiar with the growing depth of talent we have here – and it is this growing depth of talent that has helped a lot. This has made the selection process challenging for the first matches of the men’s domestic season.”

Tickets for the first match have been sold out, while a limited number of tickets are available for the second match. “As always, there are a lot of players who might just consider themselves unlucky for not making these squads, but runs and wickets are the currency we look for and the selectors believe that we have made such squads. Selected who recognize and reward consistent form and performance on the field.” White concluded.

Ireland T20I squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Mark Adair, Curtis Camper, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olfert, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.

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