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Cricket news - Stirling named Ireland's T20 skipper in Wilson's absence

It's a privilege to have been asked to captain the side: Paul Stirling

Paul Stirling, the stand-in Ireland T20I skipper for the old series in Oman and Afghanistan series in India has been named, with regular captain Gary Wilson, a eyes suffering. Stirling Ireland for the first time in his career as selectors announced four different squads for the national team in the upcoming tasks.

"It is a privilege, which had been asked to captain the side in Gary's absence, I will accept with joy the challenge," said Stirling. "Since it began on this side as a young player in the year 2008, the influence of senior players such as Trent Johnston, Kyle to mccallan, Andrew White and Ed Joyce were huge in the development of the cricket player and the person. Me, along with the other older players and management in this squad, in order to create an environment where the players come through, the hungry for success will thrive both on and off the field."

Although Wilson is expected to recover from a condition that affected his vision, the selectors have played it safe by allowing him more time to recuperate in front of a narrow home-season. Selectors also have to impress a couple of uncapped players in the squad, which has managed, during the running of Ireland wolves tour of Sri Lanka.

"With reference to some of the new faces, it is not to deny the achievements of James McCollum, James Cameron-Dow, Shane Getkate, and Harry Tector on the current Ireland wolves tour have impressed selectors," Andrew White, the Chairman of the National men's selectors, said.

"McCollum has not done been easy, but the way in which he scored a goal, she has impressed in subcontinent conditions us the most. His security at the top of the order was an enrichment for the wolves team and builds on its world-class performances in the last season for the Northern Knights. James Cameron-Dow can come, for many fans, as a bit of an unexpected surprise on this wolves tour - but we had our eye on him for a while now. His two five-wicket hauls in the red-ball wolves certainly play, but his progress and development in the entire tour was promising. He certainly provides a good spin option for the Indian wickets we play against Afghanistan.

"Shane Getkate has an outstanding white-ball series for the wolves in Sri Lanka, and Harry Tector has been a consistent performer under-age Level, and has led two national teams - Under-19s squad for the world Cup last year and now the Irish wolves. His century last week for the wolves showed the talent and leadership attributes, we believe he is in the senior set-up," he added.

Ireland play a game each against Oman, Scotland and the Netherlands in the quadrangular tournament next month in Oman before kickstarting a long tour of India, will see them play three T20Is, five ODIs and a test against Afghanistan in Dehradun, your opponents home.

Quadrangular Tournament Squad: Paul Stirling (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thomson, Lorcan Tucker

Afghanistan-series T20 squad: Paul Stirling (C), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Kevin O'brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Stuart Thomson, Lorcan Tucker

Afghanistan-series ODI squad: William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, James Cameron-Dow, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Lorcan Tucker

Afghanistan-series Test squad: William Porterfield (C), Andrew Balbirnie, James Cameron-Dow, George Dockrell, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O'brien, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thomson, Lorcan Tucker

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