HEAD coach Graham Ford was at Stormont on Friday night as the countdown to the next Ireland squad announcement got under way and, once again, everyone has an equal chance of selection.

“Places are definitely up for grabs and I will need to see as much Twenty20 cricket as possible over the next couple of weeks, the selectors will be doing the same and anyone who shows natural ability in T20 we will be very interested in,” said Irish coach Ford.

“We have to have an eye on the future for our selections and if we really believe they have what it takes, we will push them and give them the opportunity.

“The selectors will have their first meeting next week and then watch a lot of cricket before we pick the squad, much like we did with the Test match selection which worked well.”