Ireland captain Laura Delany leads a young side in transition as Irish women's cricket enters a new dawn in more ways than one as they face West Indies in three one-day internationals.
The Leinster player has won 123 caps to date, skippering the side 45 times, but the 26 year-old realizes it's a new era for the game in Ireland.
The Girls in Green go into the contest with several unfamiliar names following the retirements of high profile stalwarts the Joyce twins, Clare Shillington and Ciara Metcalfe - mainstays of the side over more than 15 years.
“The Irish squad is very excited about the upcoming series, we know it will be a tough challenge, but it’s one we’re really looking forward to," said Delany.
"Having the opportunity to play against some of the best teams in the world on home soil in front of our family and friends is always an exciting prospect for us.”
Ireland and the West Indies haven’t met on the field since 2011, a game which Delany and two of her current teammates – Kim Garth and Mary Waldron – also featured.
“We didn’t play the West Indies at the recent T20 World Cup, but we know their current reputation and approach to the game from analyst footage we have available.
"They like to play an attacking and aggressive brand of cricket, and when they get in look to be quite destructive. We also know of several of their players from their involvement in the Big Bash in Australia.”
It's an important season for the team who face a T20 World Cup Qualifier later this summer, and Delany is relishing the busy schedule as she is now one of six contracted players for Ireland.
“We have a busy summer of cricket ahead of us at home, then have a quadrangular series to play away, before the T20 World Cup Qualifier which takes place at the end of the August in Scotland.”
FIXTURES Ireland v West Indies – T20 International series
- Sunday 26 May 2019 (YMCA Cricket Club, starts 2pm)
- Tuesday 28 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)
- Wednesday 29 May 2019 (Pembroke Cricket Club, starts 4pm)