As reported earlier this month Ireland Wolves will travel to South Africa to play Namibia in a mixture of T20 and 50 over matches in the second half of February.
Matches will be played across two grounds at SuperSport Park in Gauteng and Irene Villagers Cricket Club Ground in Pretoria.
According to the schedule of fixtures announced today the tour will open with five T20 games, two of which will be double headers.
Gareth Delany, Stephen Doheny, Jonathan Garth, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, Nathan McGuire, Jacob Mulder, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young.
18 Feb 2020 - 1st T20 v Namibia; 2nd T20 v Namibia
21 Feb 2020 - 3rd T20 v Namibia
24 Feb 2020 - 4th T20 v Namibia; 5th T20 v Namibia
Then follows a possible three 50-over matches, today's announcement confirming two will be against Namibia.
There was speculation that the tour as originally conceived would also feature a match against South Africa A. That is not confirmed by today's announcement but provision has been made in the schedule for a game 'yet to be confirmed.'
50 Over squad:
James Cameron-Dow, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Shane Getkate, Tyrone Kane, Josh Little, James McCollum, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Jack Tector, Gary Wilson, Craig Young.
26 Feb 2020 - 1st 50 over match v Namibia
27 Feb 2020 - 2nd 50 over match v Namibia
29 Feb 2020 - 50 over match v TBC
Peter Chase (studies) and David Delany (returning from injury) were not considered for the tour and the selectors have announced that a further name will be added to the playing strength in due course - that individual will be included in both squads.
Looking at both the squads announced there will be five players who will drop out from the T20 squad, JJ Garth, Nathan McGuire, Jacob Mulder, Stuart Thompson and Lorcan Tucker top be replaced for the 50-over matches by James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, James McCollum, Jack Tector and Gary Wilson.
Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said:
“The importance of the tour, and indeed the timing of the tour, cannot be underestimated. With the volume of international cricket we will play this year - and with a T20 World Cup in October - we need to continue to build a wider pool of 20 plus international players who are ready to cover all areas of our senior team, as well as use the opportunity to provide invaluable touring experience to some of the younger players within our pathway system.”
Pete Johnston, Head Coach of the Ireland Wolves, said:
“While Namibia would go into this series as favourites on paper - especially considering the games will be played in more home like conditions and on pitches that they are more accustomed to, the majority of the Wolves squad selected have experienced success against big opposition, and therefore come into the tour with confidence and belief.”
Also announced today was the awarding of three Emerging Player Contracts to:
with a statement that, 'Further Emerging Contracts may be offered in coming months.'