Ireland have included two Irish passport holding South Africans in their squad for the Under 19 World Cup qualifiers in Spain this month.
Joshua Cox and Liam Doherty have never played for Ireland, or indeed in Ireland, but have been included by the selectors.
It's a real slap in the teeth for those players left out, who have spent countless hours playing and training over the last few years. It's also a damning indictment on the youth pathways set-up, indicating a lack of faith in the players produced over the years.
"We did an extensive scouting mission in 2019 and identified two players (Joshua Cox and Liam Doherty) that will add value to our squad," said Albert van der Merwe.
"Due to the restrictions on international travel over the last 18 months, it hampered our planning of integrating these two players over the last two domestic seasons. We have followed their progress closely and with their long term future set in Ireland, we are excited about their prospects.”
The reserves are Merrion left-arm spinner, Daniel Forkin, Eglinton's Robbie Millar, CSNI batsman Ryan Hunter and Muckamore all-rounder Ewan Wilson.
Tim Tector becomes the latest sibling from the household to captain the U19s, following in the footsteps of Jack, and Harry. His YMCA team mate James Forbes is in the 14-man squad, while Lisburn's Cameron Doak and Matthew Humphreys are included, along with Jack Dickson of Instonians.
Scott Macbeth from St Johnston is the only representative from the North West, although Rush opener Nathan McGuire has also played with Glendermott. North Kildare's Muzamil Sherzad is one of the pace bowlers, while David Vincent of Clontarf and Luke Whelan of North County complete the squad.
The tournament is being held at Desert Springs, switched from nearby La Manga, after the Spanish venues pitches were the focus of widespread criticism at last week's Women's T20 WCQ.
Ireland’s U19 Men’s squad: Tim Tector (captain) (YMCA), Diarmuid Burke (Malahide), Joshua Cox (Overseas), Jack Dickson (Instonians), Liam Doherty (Overseas), Cameron Doak (Lisburn), Jamie Forbes (YMCA), Matthew Humphreys (Lisburn), Philippe le Roux (Railway Union), Scott Macbeth (St Johnston), Nathan McGuire (Rush), Muzamil Sherzad (North Kildare), David Vincent (Clontarf), Luke Whelan (North County). Non-travelling reserves: Daniel Forkin (Merrion), Ryan Hunter (CSNI), Robbie Millar (Eglinton, Ewan Wilson (Muckamore)
- 19 September: Ireland v Netherlands (Group Stage)
- 20 September: Rest day
- 22 September: Ireland v Jersey (Group Stage)
- 23 September: Ireland v Scotland (Group Stage)
- 24 September: Rest day
- 25 September: Final (1st Place v 2nd Place)
The winner of the final goes to the Under 19 World Cup in 2022.