Andy McBrine has made the final 15 for Ireland’s T20 World Cup squad despite playing only one T20 international in the last four years.

The Warriors captain will likely be still behind fellow slow bowlers Simi Singh and Ben White for a starting place when the tournament gets under way in eight days’ time but based on yesterday’s match evidence when Ireland crashed to a 54 runs defeat by UAE in the second of their three-match series in Dubai, his accurate off spin could well be needed.

Ireland chose to go into the game with the extra pace bowler yesterday – Craig Young replacing White – and it proved a fatal mistake and he and Mark Adair proved easy pickings for the UAE batsmen, both at the start and at the death. The pair conceded 83 runs in their eight overs, 35 of them in the last two overs as UAE finished on 163 for four.

The batsmen then had a day to forget with Curtis Campher top scoring with 22 and Gareth Delany was the only batsman to face 20 balls, The total of 109 was their sixth lowest in T20 internationals.

The player to miss out in the World Cup squad, due to McBrine’s inclusion, is Instonians pace bowling all-rounder Shane Getkate but along with Graham Kennedy and Barry McCarthy will stay in the team bubble for the duration as cover for injury or illness.

Explaining their final selection, chairman of selectors Andrew White said: “Part of the decision-making was around the conditions in both Abu Dhabi and Sharjah (where Ireland play their three group games), but we also factored in head coach Graham Ford’s on-the-ground assessment of what he believes to be our most effective combination of players to win games of cricket.”

And that is the one excuse for losing yesterday – by the biggest runs margin against an Associate nation – because they are still trying to find that perfect combination.

They have one more match against UAE tomorrow and then official warm-up games in Abu Dhabi against Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh next week before they face Netherlands in their first tournament match on October 18.

UAE, who did not qualify for the World Cup, got their selection right yesterday, making three changes to the team which lost on Thursday, and leg spinner Karthik Meiyappen, on his 21st birthday, and opening bowler Akif Raja, who dismissed Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie and Kevin O'Brien in his first three overs, shared seven wickets on their T20I debuts.