DUBLIN – Cricket Ireland has today announced a 15-player squad ahead of a five-match series against Scotland Women set for November at La Manga Club in Spain.
The series will start on 20 November and feature two 50-over matches and three T20 Internationals.
Zara Craig, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter and Jane Maguire all receive senior squad call ups for the first time, however, owing to international travel restrictions the Irish side will be without the services of Mary Waldron, Lara Maritz, Eimear Richardson and Una Raymond-Hoey.
Ireland Women squad
- Laura Delany (c), Zara Craig, Rachel Delaney, Georgina Dempsey, Amy Hunter, Shauna Kavanagh, Gaby Lewis, Louise Little, Sophie MacMahon, Jane Maguire, Cara Murray, Leah Paul, Orla Prendergast, Celeste Raack, Rebecca Stokell.
Ed Joyce, Head Coach of Ireland Women, said:
“We’re delighted to finally see some international action return – our last matches were at the T20 World Cup Qualifier in Scotland last year, so this series is very welcome for all involved.”
“While spending time with the squad in the nets, and getting that extra contact time with the contracted players is invaluable, nothing compares to actually being out in the middle and experiencing the game in a match scenario – you learn so much more about your game and build confidence in such circumstances. I know the players are all keen to get out to Spain and pull on the green kit once more.”
“The absence of a few of our senior players, while unfortunate, has opened up an opportunity for several young players to come in and get a taste of international touring life. I have no doubt they’ll benefit immensely from the experience, which may be crucial as we move into what will likely be a big 12 months for Irish women’s cricket.”
Players and support personnel will be travelling in accordance with strict protocols regarding health and safety during COVID-19 as issued by Sport Ireland.