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Garth, Campher in line to face England as Ireland name squad of 21

The extended squad will arrive in Southampton on July 18 and play a warm-up intra-squad fixture and one against England Lions.
The extended squad will arrive in Southampton on July 18 and play a warm-up intra-squad fixture and one against England Lions.
Jonathan Garth and Curtis Campher are the new faces in the 21-member Ireland squad for the three-match ODI series against England later this month for the first series of ICC ODI Super League. The selectors decided to leave out Stuart Thompson and Shane Getkate while David Delany wasn't considered because of an injury.

The extended squad will arrive in Southampton on July 18 and play a warm-up intra-squad fixture and one against England Lions. The squad will then be trimmed to 14 players who will take on the hosts. The remaining seven players, however, will stay on with the side as reserves.

"The selectors were delighted to have been able to meet once more to select a squad for international action. We have lost so much cricket this year, so to have a series - let alone such a major series as this - to look forward to is a great relief for all," Andrew White, the chair of national men's selectors, said on Friday (July 10). "This lack of on-field action since March - and the short lead-in programme to the ODI series - influenced our thinking on the broader squad. However, the unique circumstances of the situation have allowed us to involve more players than we would normally bring on such a tour."

White was delighted with the return of Mark Adair and felt the side covered all the bases to challenge the hosts and prepare for their future tours. "The squad selected covers all eventualities - we have picked players that are in obvious contention to play, but also players that will help our batters prepare for the type of opposition we'll be facing," he said. "We also felt that the form shown by several players in the Caribbean in January, Wolves tour in February and the Afghan series in March really bolstered their case for selection.

"We're delighted that our top wicket-taker in 2019, Mark Adair, returns after recovering from ankle surgery, and feel we have the right squad balance for these important fixtures - keeping in mind that they are World Cup qualifiers.

"While a number of players like Stuart Thompson and Shane Getkate are unfortunate to not to be travelling, the experience that will be gained on this trip by a number of the younger players will be invaluable in their development. Additionally, David Delany was not considered for selection this time. As a result of his previous surgery, and the subsequent extended lockdown period, we were not fully confident that he has had the time to complete the necessary amount of preparation in order to safely play in these matches."

Ireland will play all three matches in Southampton on July 30, August 1 and 4 respectively.

Squad: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Peter Chase, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Jonathan Garth, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Kevin O'Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.

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Euro T20 Slam Postponed due to Corona Epidemic

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July 22 2020

The inaugural edition of Euro T20 Slam has been postponed and will now be held in 2021, following the decision of the board, due to the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Efforts were made to find a window in 2020 between talks over recent months by organisers, financial backers and the cricket boards of Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands but uncertainty over the resumption of cricket continued.

"We had been discussing in recent weeks alternative arrangements to get the competition started - single venue, reduced team and player pool, a shorter competition - and, given the speed with which we set up the Tri-series between the three Boards in Dublin last September, we felt confident to leave the decision as late as possible to give ourselves the best chance to make it work," Warren Deutrom, the chief executive of Ireland Cricket stated in a release on Wednesday (July 22).

"However, we have now run out of road, particularly with the Irish Government's recent decision to delay the next stage of relaxing its restrictions to August 10th and the Slam Board reluctantly reached the conclusion that the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and compromises being made to the original objectives did not make it a viable start in 2020.

"Prudent measures had to be taken, as to proceed now - only to have to pull the plug later due to a resurgent pandemic or unfavourable changes in playing or travel conditions - would risk the feasibility of the project. By making this decision now, the Board has reduced all parties exposure to risk and - speaking from a Cricket Ireland perspective - removed any financial exposure at a time when financial headwinds are already a challenge."

"I believe we have made, and will continue to make, decisions that give the concept the best chance to succeed, including being prudent in not proceeding if the circumstances aren't right. The three participating cricket boards have also made it clear that the competition must deliver on the original objectives of providing high-quality cricket experiences for our players - that is the reason we set out on this road initially. Even if it takes until the third time of asking, we still very much believe in the viability, purpose and interest in a European T20 franchise concept, and will continue to do our best to bring it to fruition."
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