CRICKET: Ireland at full strength for ICC InterContinental Cup clash with Papua New Guinea

Boyd Rankin is back
Boyd Rankin is back

Ireland have named a full-strength squad for their upcoming ICC InterContinental Cup clash with Papua New Guinea next month.

The Irish currently top the table with maximum points from convincing wins in the opening two rounds against the UAE and Namibia, putting themselves in a strong position in their quest for Test status.

Following the conclusion of the InterContinental Cup game, Ireland will stay in Townsville playing PNG three times to help prepare for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in India. They will then travel to the UAE where they will play an additional three games en route home, two of which will be T20 Internationals, still to be announced by the hosts.

IRELAND SQUAD FOR GAMES V PAPUA NEW GUINEA AND TOUR OF UAE

William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), Andrew Balbirnie (Middlesex), George Dockrell (Leinster), Ed Joyce* (Sussex), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Andrew McBrine (Donemana), Kevin O’Brien (Railway Union), Niall O’Brien (Leicestershire), Andrew Poynter+ (Clontarf), Stuart Poynter (Durham), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Max Sorensen+ (CIYMS), Paul Stirling (MIddlesex), Stuart Thompson (Eglinton), Gary Wilson (Surrey), Craig Young (Bready).