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Published: 12:17 | 8/2/16

Ireland opt for experience for World Twenty20


?Ireland have named an experienced 15-man squad for next month's ICC World Twenty20 in India.

Captain William Porterfield, Niall and Kevin O'Brien, Paul Stirling and Gary Wilson are preparing for a fifth crack at the tournament with head coach John Bracewell confident Ireland will perform well.

"The squad has got a real balance to it, with that blend of youth and experience that every coach likes. Ireland are now regular performers on the world stage so there's no fear or intimidation factors," Bracewell said.

"Everyone has been given a real boost by the return of Boyd Rankin, and Tim Murtagh's rethink on retirement in this format. Porty (Porterfield) has plenty of options with the ball as so many of the squad are genuine all-rounders.

"We will be well prepared for the competition, as we're currently playing Papua New Guinea, will take on the UAE later this week, and will be India for a training camp ahead of the competition.

"It's another great chance for the squad to showcase Irish cricket to a global audience, and the guys are determined to prove they belong at the top level of the sport."

Ireland have been drawn in the same group as The Netherlands, Oman and Bangladesh, with the winners qualifying for the Super 10 stage.

"We are really looking forward to this World Cup, particularly with the return of Boyd Rankin. He gives our attack so much more balance and potency, as seen in our InterContinental Cup win last week," commented Ireland Chairman of Selectors Alan Lewis.

"As such a consistent performer I am also delighted to see Tim Murtagh in the squad for an event like this particularly as he missed the 2015 World Cup is such disappointing circumstances.

"These are the events that players want to excel in so hopefully with the lead time involved and the energy the team always show we can emerge out on top of the group in the first phase."

Ireland squad for ICC World Twenty20:
William Porterfield (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), George Dockrell (Leinster Lightning), Andy McBrine (Donemana), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Niall O'Brien (Leicestershire), Andrew Poynter (Clontarf), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).

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