If Ireland coach Graham Ford had any illusions about the scale of the task facing him in rebuilding the T20 side, he won’t have now. His new-look side, captained by Paul Stirling, yesterday went down to a four-wicket defeat to the Oman Development XI in Muscat.

Ireland’s worst T20 performance came against Oman in Dharamsala three years ago, and of the side that day only Stirling, Kevin O’Brien and Boyd Rankin survive.

In a warm-up game for a four nations tournament next week, Ireland collapsed to 45-6 in the tenth over, but George Dockrell marshalled the lower order, scoring 28no, seeing the total to 112-8. Only 9 fours were hit in the innings, with tail enders Josh Little and Boyd Rankin smashing the only sixes.

The aggressive Omanis went after the bowling of Rankin and Peter Chase, who both coughed over ten an over, but lost wickets in a flurry once Simi Singh came on. At 55-5 Ireland were on top but Suraj Kumar smashed 56no off 41 balls to see Oman home with 28 balls to spare.

Ireland will bring in Lorcan Tucker, Shane Getkate andAndrew McBrine for a second shot at their opponents this morning.