Ireland were unknown identity when they first came for world cup 2007 but beating Pakistan and then entering super 8s round made sure cricket fans around the world noticed them. 4 years hence, Ireland have completed the hattrick of Intercontinental cup wins and are now looking forward to another strong performance in 2011 edition which will almost make them certain of a full ICC membership..
Ireland have several cricketers who play county cricket in England and hence have quality first class experience. They play smart cricket, analyse each opposition well and have players who can execute the plans on field. Here's the 15 member squad selected to participate in 2011 :-
William Porterfield is captain of Ireland's world cup squad as well as their opener. A Left hander who likes to stick to the wicket like glue and rally his other mates around him. Porterfield will want to score tons which should set his team on the road to some more glory in this famous international event.
Trent Johnston, the Aussie born, is the most experienced cricketer in Ireland squad. Johnston bowls medium pace, knows how to use new ball and he can also hit big lower down the order.
Ed Joyce betrayed his country to play for England having made debut for Ireland before and now he's back to his main team. Joyce is a left handed stable batsman who'll bat top in the order and must guide his experiences to his mates.
Kevin O'Brien and Niall O'Brien are two of most talened Ireland cricketer. Kevin is a right handed batsman who also bowls occasional medium pace while Niall is an energetic wicket keper plus left handed batsman like a pocket bomb. Gary Wilson is the reserve wicket keeper in the squad.
Paul Stirling is a young but bulky right handed batsman who can play big shots and is expected to carry Irish batting in years to come.
Andre Botha is a South African born left handed batsman while Alex Cusack is a 30 year old experienced allrounder who bowls medium pace and bats right handed.
Ireland, despite missing high profile offie Kyle McCallan, have a healthy spin department with 18 year old left arm spinner George Dockrell coming up very well, joining Albert van der Merwe who was born in South African and has played 8 ODIs as offspinner for Ireland. Andrew white also bowls offspin while being a right handed batsman.
Irish fast bowling will miss services of Peter Connell and hence will depend on lanky Boyd Rankin who played last world cup while John Mooney is the right handed allrounder who bowls medium pace. Nigil Jones, coming from New Zealand, made his one day debut last year.