Ireland announced strong squad for historic Test against Pakistan

Photo: The Irish Times

Ireland will play their first Test when they face Pakistan on May 11 in Dublin. A 14-member squad has been announced which will be led by William Porterfield.

Ireland have named a squad of 14 with a host of expected names for their historic maiden Test match.

William Porterfield will be leading the team out on the momentous day, and he will have for company many of the men who have been a major part of Ireland’s rise up the international ranks: Paul Stirling, Ed Joyce, the O’Brien brothers Kevin and Niall, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson, Tim Murtagh and Boyd Rankin among them.

Andrew Balbirnie and Andy McBrine also figure in the list as expected, but there is no space for George Dockrell, the experienced left-arm spinner who has had a somewhat barren run of late.

Figuring instead are Tyrone Kane, Nathan Smith and James Shannon. Kane, 23, is a highly-regarded right-arm medium pacer who has played five Twenty20 Internationals but has only three first-class appearances against his name.

Smith, 19, has a little more first-class experience — nine games — but has never played for Ireland before, while Shannon is a 28-year-old off-spinner who has played one one-day international and two T20Is for Ireland in the past.

Ireland Squad:

  • William Porterfield (c)
  • Andrew Balbirnie
  • Ed Joyce
  • Tyrone Kane
  • Andy McBrine
  • Tim Murtagh
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • Niall O’Brien (wk)
  • Boyd Rankin
  • Nathan Smith
  • Paul Stirling
  • James Shannon
  • Stuart Thompson
  • Gary Wilson (wk)

Following the match against Ireland, Pakistan will play a two-Test series against England at Lord’s (May 24-28) and Headingley (June 1-5).

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