Published: 13th February, 2014
Surrey wicket keeper batsman Gary Wilson has been named in the Ireland squad for the ICC World T20, due to start in Bangladesh next month.
Wilson, currently in the Caribbean preparing for Ireland’s warm up series against the West Indies, will be participating in his fourth World T20 competition – having previously represented Ireland in England 09, West Indies 2010 and Sri Lanka 2012.
Ireland will start in the initial group stages, playing Zimbabwe in Chittagong on St. Patrick’s Day (March17) before continuing with games against the United Arab Emirates (March 19) and the Netherlands (March 21).
Speaking after the fifteen strong squad was announced, Ireland Coach Phil Simmons: “There were a few tough decisions for the selectors but we’ve kept faith with the squad who are currently in the Caribbean. It was always going to be difficult for anyone to break into the final squad given the fact that we’re in the middle of the off-season back in Ireland.
“We had a fantastic win against the Windward Islands last week, and I’m pleased with how the preparation has gone this past fortnight. We’ve got three challenging games against the West Indies coming up, followed by a week’s training camp in the UAE, before going to Bangladesh. We play Nepal and the hosts in warm-up games so there’s no danger of us being under-cooked for the Round One matches.
“Indeed, if we progress from the initial group stage, we’ll be going into the games against Sri Lanka, South Africa, New Zealand and England with a lot of game time under our belts, which could give us a serious advantage. However, we’ll be concentrating on the round one games first – that’s the first hurdle for us.”