YMCA’S Harry Tector and new Phoenix signing George Dockrell will captain the Ireland Wolves on their tour of Bangladesh which runs from February 17 to March 19.
Tector will lead the side in five ODI and two T20 “white-ball” fixtures while Dockrell captains the Wolves during the “red-ball” four-day match, all of which are against a Bangladesh A side.
The squad also features Malahide’s Peter Chase, Leinster CC’s Gareth Delany, Rush’s Stephen Doheny and Neil Rock, Pembroke’s Jonathan Garth, Josh Little and Lorcan Tucker and Ben White who played with Phoenix in 2020 before switching to CSNI.
Andrew White, Chair of National Men’s Selectors, said of the trip: “To get this tour approved is a credit to both cricket boards and we are looking forward to a competitive series against tough opponents in subcontinent conditions.
“The squad we have selected is a strong one, many of which have some senior international experience at this stage. However, the reality is that these players are still young and have much still to do in order to develop and be successful on the international stage on a consistent basis.
“The tour adds to this development path and it provides an ideal opportunity to experience vastly different cricketing conditions to what they will be used to.”
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“Players like Curtis Campher and Ben White have never played at this level in Asia before, and many others have limited exposure to the conditions expected. Given we are in a cycle where two of the next three world cups are in similar conditions as these, it is imperative we provide the necessary experience for our young players to learn their craft accordingly.”
The Ireland Wolves is a squad created in 2017 to bridge the gap between domestic first-class and international cricket. The concept of the Wolves is to provide competitive international-standard cricket for fringe senior players, as well as provide the opportunity for development of younger talent coming through the international pathway system.
In recent years, the squad has toured Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and South Africa, and have achieved remarkable List A wins over Bangladesh and Zimbabwe senior men’s teams at home in 2019, and an away series victory in 2020 against the senior Namibia team.