Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
Cricket Irelandís succession planning will continue apace next year with the names of the 18 full-time contracts awarded for next year - and the emphasis is on pace bowling.
David Delany, Josh Little and Curtis Campher have earned their first full-time senior contracts and the big loser is Boyd Rankin, whose international career would appear to be over after 153 appearances Ė his first way back in 2003.
Rankin (36) has been one of the first names on the Ireland team-sheet since he returned from his four-year break with England, and although troubled by injury for long parts of his career, he missed only seven of Irelandís 39 internationals across all three formats last year and he played two one-day internationals against West Indies in January and two T20Is against Afghanistan in March.
But injury ruled out him out of the three ODIs in England in July and with Delany (22), potentially the fastest bowler in Ireland, Little (20), who has taken nine wickets in his three ODIs against England, and Campher (21), who made such an instant impression on his debut in Southampton, National coach Graham Ford and the selectors obviously feel they are well covered.
Significantly Peter Chase, yet another opening bowler, is also back on the full-time list, having lost his contract last year; the last of his 43 internationals was in February 2019.
Three of the old guard retain their full-time contracts, former captain William Porterfield (36), despite losing his place against England this year to 20-year-old Harry Tector, Kevin OíBrien (36) and former T20 captain Gary Wilson (34) although that is as much due to a shortage of replacements behind the stumps with Lorcan Tucker still to nail down his place, although he is the only other wicket-keeper in the 18.
Wilsonís Civil Service North team-mate Stuart Thompson and Tyrone Kane, who played in Irelandís first Test in 2018, are the others not to have their contracts renewed while George Dockrell and Shane Getkate are both on the new Retainer (formerly Emerging) Contracts.
Jacob Mulder, who played 14 internationals in 2016-17, again misses out and the leg spinner has decided to return home to Australia and will not return to CIYMS next season.
All contracts take effect from January 1 and go through to February 28, 2022.
Full-time contracted players: Mark Adair (CIYMS), Andrew Balbirnie (Pembroke), Curtis Campher (YMCA), Peter Chase (Malahide), David Delany (Clontarf), Gareth Delany (Leinster), Josh Little (Pembroke), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Barry McCarthy (Pembroke), James McCollum (Waringstown), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), William Porterfield (Formby), Simi Singh (YMCA), Paul Stirling (North Down), Harry Tector (YMCA), Lorcan Tucker (Pembroke), Gary Wilson (CSNI), Craig Young (North Down)
Retainer contracts: George Dockrell (Leinster), Shane Getkate (Instonians).