Ireland will attempt to salvage some pride from the wreckage of a disastrous 50-overs World Cup Qualifying campaign as they travel to Scotland later this month in a bid to make the T20 World Cup.

The selectors have more or less kept faith with the players involved in the Zimbabwean debacle, with PJ Moor - who never made it onto the park in a competitive game - and makeshift opener Andy McBrine replace by Neil Rock and Ross Adair.

CIYMS opener Ross Adair made his T20I debut agaist Zimbabwe earlier this year, making 65 on his second appearance. In total he has scored 97 runs at 16.17 and a strike/rate of 121.25.

Domestically this season his 591 runs at 49.25 have a S/R of 151.

Rush wicket-keeper batsman Rock has found the step-up to the international game tough since his debut in 2021.

He has played 17 times (14 T20Is, 3 ODI's) with a highest score of 22, averaging 6.75.

Hopefully his excellent domestic form this year (621 at 47.77), allied with the mostly Associate opposition will give 'Pebbles' a chance to improve on that as he finds his feet.

Paul Stirling will lead Ireland after Andrew Balbirnie handed over the white-ball reins, and with two places on offer, it would be a huge surprise if tournament favourites Ireland and Scotland weren't in the West Indies and USA next year.

However, as events have shown in the ongoing qualifiers, the Associate nations are more than capable of delivering bloody noses to underperforming Full Members.

Italy, Denmark, Austria, Jersey and Germany await the Celtic duo, hoping to catch either on an off-day.


Paul Stirling (Capt), Mark Adair, Ross Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Neil Rock, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Ben White, Craig Young.