Ireland pick squad for UAE as WC prep hots up

2015 World Cup

Ireland have left out wicket-keeper batsman Andrew Poynter and fast-bowler Max Sorensen from their squad to go on tour to the UAE as they step up their preparations for the World Cup.
Ireland will play four ODI's in the UAE, against Afghanistan and Scotland, and competition in the squad is high as everyone wants to be part of the squad for the showpiece event starting in February next year.
Coach Phil Simmons said: "It was a very difficult decision for the selectors to leave out Max Sorensen and Andrew Poynter but this just shows the competition for places in the squad."
Simmons is also pleased that the newer faces are starting to step up to international level while also lamenting the loss of experienced allrounder Andrew White.

Ireland also recently played two matches against a New Zealand 'A' team in the UAE.
He said: "Craig Young has been fantastic since he broke into the team, and has continued to develop, while Peter Chase is growing in confidence and skill all the time. Peter, with his pace and extra bounce, is important for the type of Australian wickets we will play on in the UAE."

"We are backing young Donemana spinner Andrew McBrine who particularly impressed in the New Zealand leg of the acclimatisation tour, but it's very unfortunate for Andrew White that his finger injury came at such a bad time for him."

Ireland is in Pool B at the World Cup, and their first match is against the West Indies on the 16 February.