Ireland Squad for World Cup 2023 Qualifiers

Ireland has finally announced a 15-member squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifiers tournament happening in Zimbabwe.  The qualifier round will begin on June 18 and the ten teams will be competing for two places including the famous teams West Indies and Sri Lanka.

Ireland Team Captain- Andrew Balbirnie

 A name known to many, Andrew Balbirine is a talented middle-order batsman, who first serve as a caption for the Under 19  Ireland Cricket team. Soon, his hard work paid off as he flourished with the bat even more and gain the captaincy of all formats in 2019.  A powerful hitter who keeps the score ticking with his signature shots.

Andrew Balbirnie

Star Player- Joshua Little

Joshua Little, a bustling left-arm seamer from Dublin is one the key players in the Ireland team. His innings with England in 2019 left the audience in awe of the world’s No-1 team struggling for the ultimate run chase. Being one of the promising Irish players, he tries his best to stop the score of opponent teams.

Back in 2020, he is the key performer in T20 victory against West Indies.  He took 3 tickets for 29 scores while defending a target of 208. Moreover, in the ODI match against England, he took five wickets.

Ireland Team Coach – Heinrich Malan

Heinrich Malan, a South African, has taken over as the head coach of the Irish men’s cricket team. He worked for New Zealand for an extended period, particularly as the coach of the Auckland Aces. His focus lies on player development, and he openly advocates for the implementation of sports science. 

Heinrich Malan

Malan strives hard to prepare players for the demanding world of international cricket. By assuming this role, Malan aims to shake things up and bring about positive change within the team.

Irelands Road to CWC

 The qualifier which will run from June 18 to July 9 will decide the position of two berths for the ODI championship in India this autumn.

Road to CWC
Source: ICC

Ireland has been placed in Group B along with Sri Lanka, Oman, Scotland and UAE.  Andrew Balbirine will lead the Ireland team which is currently ranked no 12 in ICC ODI ranking.  Ireland have a range of pace option in the current squad including Josh Little and many more.

Ireland Squad for ICC World Cup Qualifier’s

Player NameRole
Andre BalbirineRight-handed batsman
 Mark AdairSeam bowling All-rounder
Curtis CampherSeam bowling All-rounder
Gareth DelanyRight-handed batsman
George DockrellRight-handed batsman
Graham HumeLeft-handed batsman
Josh LittleLeft-arm fast bowler
Andry McBirneLeft-handed batsman
Barry McCarthySeam bowler
PJ MoorWicket keeper batsman
Paul StirlingOpening batsman
Harry TectorAll-rounder
Lorcan TuckerWicket keeper batsman
Ben WhiteRight-handed batsman
Craig YoungAll-rounder

Cutthroat Competitions in Qualifiers

The Qualifier round is complex as it brings a lot of anxiety and burden for the team to excel and reach the qualified round. The Irish team is all buckled up in their quest for World Cup qualification after cut-throat competitions.

Andrew White, the Ireland men’s team selector, said: “We’re heading into a big few months and it’s looking at what personnel we need from a tactical point of view, who are in form, and a squad composition that suits the conditions we are likely to face,”  For further updates, the match schedule for Ireland’s ODI World Cup Qualifying round is as follows :

Ireland timetable
Source: ICC

Ireland’s Rich Cricket History

Cricket took roots in the country in 1700, but after that, it experienced a continuous up and down to reach a certain level.  Talking about International Cricket in Ireland, the team qualified for World Cup first in 2007.   The team played 2011 AND 2015 World Cup and the 2010, 2021 and 2014 T20 World Cup competitions.  Till date, the team’s best performance is recorded in 2007 World Cup, when the team reached the Super 8 Stage.

1975Was not a member of ICC
1979Was not a member of ICC
1983Was not a member of ICC
1987Was not a member of ICC
1992Was not a member of ICC
1996Didn’t qualify 
1999Didn’t qualify 
2003Didn’t qualify 
2007Was able to reach the Super 8 stage
2011Reached the group stage but got eliminated 
2015Reached the group stage but got eliminated 
2019Didn’t qualify