Ireland and Scotland name provisional squads for U19 World Cup
The ninth edition of the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup will take place in Queensland, Australia, from 11-26 August with Australia defending the title it won after defeating Pakistan by 25 runs in the final of the previous event in Lincoln, New Zealand, in 2010.
Left-arm spinner George Dockrell will make his second successive appearance in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup and will be leading Ireland. Dockrell also showed his talent, prowess and potential in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, which was staged in the subcontinent, is best remembered for claiming the wicket of Indiaís Sachin Tendulkar. He has thus far represented Ireland in 28 ODIs taking 35 wickets, apart from featuring in 18 first-class matches.
Irelandís neighbour Scotland has named right-handed batsman and fast bowler Paddy Sadler as its captain.
In ICC events, participating teams are expected to submit their provisional squads 60 days prior to the start of the tournament, while the teams are expected to name their final 15-member squads 30 days before the first match. As such, all 16 sides are expected to announce their final line-ups by 11 July.
Players from 10 Full Member countries born on or after 1 September 1992 are eligible to participate in the ICC U/19 Cricket World Cup 2012, while the eligibility criteria for the six Associate and Affiliate Members is 1 September 1991.
The 16 teams have been divided into four groups. The top two teams in each group after the group stage progress to the Super League quarter-finals while the two bottom teams from each group qualify for the Plate Championship quarter-finals. The winners of the Super League quarter-finals will qualify for the semi-finals, whereas the losing quarter-finalists will play in the Super League play-offs.
The winners of the Plate Championship quarter-finals will play in the Plate Championship semi-finals, while the beaten quarter-finalists will participate in the Plate Championship play-offs.
A total of 48 matches, including 24 in the first round, 12 in the Super League and 12 in the Plate Championship will be played at eight venues Ė Tony Ireland Stadium, Endeavour Park 1, Endeavour Park 2 (all in Townsville), Allan Border Field, Peter Burge Oval (Redlands DCC), WEP Harris Oval (in Brisbane) John Blanck Oval and Kev Hackney Oval (on the Sunshine Coast).
Ireland - George Adair, Mark Adair, David Barr, Richard Berry, Scott Campbell, Peter Chase, Adam Coughlan, George Dockrell, Robert Forrest, Shane Getkate, Joshua Hall, Niall Hodgins, Ryan Hunter, Tyrone Kane, Hugh MacDonnell, Andrew McBrine, Graeme McCarter, Barry McCarthy, Jordan McClurkin, James McCollum, George McKinley, Tomas Murphy, Sam Shannon, Alistair Shields, Patrick Tice, Jason van der Merwe and Ben Wylie.
Scotland - Aman Bailwal, Alexander Baum, Fraser Boyd, Frederick Coleman, Matthew Cross, Henry Edwards, Nicholas Farrar, Peter Legget, Anjandeep Luthra, Thomas McBride, Scott McElnea, Ross McLean, Gavin Main, Alexander Muir, Muhammad Omar Afridi, Samuel Page, Peter Ross, Patrick Sadler, Stanley Shillington, Kyle Smith, Neil Smith, Ruaidhri Smith and Andrew Umeed.