Lightning coach Albert van der Merwe has expressed disappointment at Munster after their squad selection included two players from the Leinster region, who were not in the original submitted line-ups.

Clontarf's Robert Forrest and Phoenix captain Nic Pretorius were both called into the Munster squad for the clash with the Northern Knights at The Mardyke, and this has upset  Van Der Merwe. 

The former Irish international took over at Lightning's helm from Munster's Ted Williamson - who had coached Lightning to back-to-back trebles.

“I was surprised to see a couple of Leinster-based players names there who weren’t in the original squad," said Van Der Merwe.

"They weren’t players that were discussed per the multilateral agreement between all the unions involved, so I am a little disappointed that it happened.

"But that is up to them (Munster) and if they (the players) see their future there then that is their choice."

He has no issue though with the younger  Leinster-based Academy players who had been lined up for Munster saying,

“It’s great that some of our younger players will get the opportunity to showcase their skills in a highly competitive environment and then return to us for the other formats.

"It will also hopefully help Munster as they develop and progress in the quest to join the full Inter-Provincial programme. There was a lot of thought given as to whom to “loan out” for the T-20 campaign and I hope it bears fruit."

Leinster are in Bready for the T20 opener against the North-West Warriors, and  include Leinster all-rounder Gareth Delany for the first time.

Lightning are missing Sean Terry (concussion) and Max Sorensen (pectoral tear), while Ed Joyce will be there in a mentoring capacity only having retired from T20 international cricket. 

Despite their absence, Lightning still can all upon the services of ten full senior internationals, with Delaney and Fiachra Tucker the only two uncapped players.

“It will be a good test for us. It certainly tests our depth in the union and will give us a good indication of where we are as a group. We have had a testing few weeks with injuries to big players who are missing out this week.

“We will miss their white ball skills. Sean reminded us of his talent against New Zealand for the Wolves, where he looked at ease against a top outfit and Max (when fit) is one of the best T20 players in the country. We also will be missing Ed Joyce, as he is no longer playing 20-over cricket but we are incredibly fortunate that he will still be with the squad in a mentoring capacity.

“But that gives opportunities to other players to showcase what they can do”, continued van der Merwe. “Gareth Delany will get his first taste of Inter-Provincial cricket and 17-year-old Josh Little also gets an opportunity to show why he comes highly rated in this format.

“It’s a good mix for us. Guys like Kevin O’Brien, Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell and captain John Anderson bring a lot of experience to this side."

 Leinster Lightning Squad:

  • John Anderson (Captain – Merrion)
  • Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke)
  • Peter Chase (Malahide)
  • Gareth Delaney (Leinster)
  • George Dockrell (Vice-Captain - Leinster / Dublin University)
  • Tyrone Kane (Merrion)
  • Josh Little (Pembroke)
  • Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union)
  • Eddie Richardson (North County)
  • Simi Singh (YMCA)
  • Fiachra Tucker (Pembroke)
  • Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke)