THE countdown to the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in UAE next month starts today with 25 players attending an Ireland training camp in Dublin.

The behind closed doors camp, which will last five days, will include four of five inter-squad matches, with the players working on skills training and tactical work. At the end of the camp, the selectors will select a 15-man squad for the Tri-Series against Scotland and Netherlands, to be played at Malahide the following week.

Although still to be confirmed, that is likely to be the squad that will go on to represent Ireland at the Qualifiers and the five-team T20 tournament in Oman the previous week.

Peter Chase and Barry McCarthy have been added to the 18 who were selected for the postponed Euro T20 Slam and making up the 25 – and making a late bid for selection for the Qualifiers are James Cameron-Dow, David Delany, Gareth Delany, Stephen Doheny and Fionn Hand.

That quintet were due to be in action for Ireland Academy this week, in their four-day game at Bristol CC, but were pulled out by Head Coach Graham Ford to play a full part in this week’s training camp.

That explains why Marc Ellison, Graham Hume, Josh Manley and Alistair Frost, who played for Zimbabwe at last year’s Under-19 World Cup, but who is now at Loughborough College and trained with the Academy side when they were there earlier in the summer, have been included this week.