THE Ireland Women’s squad will be the first team back into action next month when they play a five-match series against Scotland in La Manga.

A squad of 15 was named yesterday for two 50-over games and three T20 internationals and includes two uncapped Northern Ireland players.

Just three days after being awarded her first Ireland contract, 15-year-old Amy Hunter is included in the senior squad along with Eglinton’s Zara Craig while the more experienced Cara Murray will also be in the travelling party which will abide by strict Covid-19 protocols.

Hunter and Craig get their chance because Mary Waldron, Lara Maritz, Eimear Richardson and Una Raymond-Hoey are all unavailable because of international travel restrictions.

Apart from Waldron, the other six Ireland contracted players are all available so the squad will be led by skipper Laura Delany. The party leaves on November 20, with the one-day games on November 23 and 25, the first two T20 games on November 27 and the third one the following day.

Remarkably, it will be the Women’s squad first action for 14 months, since they lost out on qualification at the T20 World Cup qualifier in Scotland.

Head coach Ed Joyce said: The absence of a few of our senior players, while unfortunate, has opened up an opportunity for several young players to come in and get a taste of international touring life ... which may be crucial as we move into what will likely be a big 12 months for Irish women’s cricket.”

The ICC have still to announce a date and venue for the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament, ahead of the finals in New Zealand, which have been put back a year to early 2022.

Squad: L Delany (capt), Z Craig, R Delaney, G Dempsey, A Hunter, S Kavanagh, G Lewis, L Little, S MacMahon, J Maguire, C Murray, L Paul, O Prendergast, C Raack, R Stokell.