ICC World Twenty20 2009


Ireland celebrate their warm-up win over Holland at Lord's

Ireland were unbeaten in the World Twenty20 Qualifier in Stormont last August - form which earned them a place at this summer's showpiece event.

Will Porterfield's side beat Scotland, Bermuda and Kenya with all-rounder Andre Botha a key figure behind those wins.

The stocky all-rounder was voted player of the tournament although he had excellent support from pace bowler Peter Connell, a match-winner in the recent Friends Provident win over Worcestershire, and Alex Cusack. Porterfield, Boyd Rankin and Niall O'Brien play county cricket cricket for Gloucestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire respectively.

Coached by West Indian Phil Simmons, Ireland find themselves in Group A with India and Bangladesh.

Will Porterfield

Will Porterfield (captain)
The consistent opener will lead his country having taken over the captaincy from Trent Johnston. Porterfield has been a steady figure at the top of the Gloucestershire order and with four international centuries is arguably his country’s star batsman in the absence of Eoin Morgan's switch to England colours.

Andre Botha
The off-spinning all-rounder has been a pivotal figure in Ireland’s success since his international debut in 2006. His performances at the 2007 World Cup were outstanding, with his tidy and accurate bowling proving difficult to get away on the slow Caribbean wickets.

Jeremy Bray
The 35-year-old from Australia began his career with a spell at New South Wales and represented the country of his birth at Under-19 level. Since making the switch to Ireland, the veteran batsman has provided crucial runs with Porterfield at the top of the order.

Peter Connell promo

Peter Connell
Connell shot to prominence during this season’s Friends Provident Trophy, where he was the pick of the Ireland attack. His 5-19 against Worcestershire at New Road was the best of several impressive displays with the ball and saw the home side collapse to 58 all out as Ireland recorded their only win of the competition.

Alex Cusack
The all-rounder was man of the match on his international debut against South Africa when he took 3-15 and hit 36 not out in a losing cause. In the two years since, his medium-pace has brought him key wickets at an economical rate and he has also made some significant contributions with the bat.

Trent Johnston
The big-hitting all-rounder shot to prominence at the 2007 World Cup when he hit the winning runs in the victory over Pakistan, stunning the cricket world. Has since stood down as captain, but still offers lower-order runs and accurate seam bowling.

Kyle McCallan
Another who came to the fore at the World Cup two years ago - he took 10 wickets at 23 apiece with his off-spin - McCallam is a stalwart of the side. He adds useful runs down the order and has the ability to bowl economical spells, which will be crucial if Ireland are to defy the odds once more.

John Mooney
A useful pace bowler, Mooney removed Marcus Trescothick, Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood on his international debut. Sometimes proves expensive, but is a genuine wicket-taker and scores useful runs lower down the order.

Kevin O’Brien
An all-rounder with a big build, O’Brien is also capable of powerful hitting. The pick of the Ireland batsmen in this season’s Friends Provident Trophy, scoring 220 runs at an average of 37. His improved efforts with the ball have caught the attention of Nottinghamshire, where he is currently on an extended trial.

Niall O'Brien

Niall O’Brien
The Northamptonshire wicketkeeper-batsman made a match-winning 72 in the shock World Cup win over Pakistan. He could be considered a batsman in his own right, and his strong and sometimes unorthodox hitting will be key to Ireland’s chances if they are to score runs at a quick enough rate to compete in this tournament.

Boyd Rankin
Rankin’s height can produce steepling bounce and the Warwickshire seamer boasts an impressive one-day international bowling average of 25. He was Ireland’s leading wicket-taker at the 2007 World Cup with 12 victims at 27.

Paul Stirling
The 18-year-old batsman is yet to make his mark on the international stage, but his talent has seen him become a regular in the side during the Friends Provident campaign.

Regan West
The burly all-rounder started out as a seam bowler in his native New Zealand, but reinvented himself as an orthodox spinner after taking up Irish residency. West has provided a useful option with the ball since his Ireland debut a year ago.

Andrew White
Another powerful all-rounder, White's 152 on debut against Holland certainly raised a few eyebrows. Averages over 30 with the bat in one-day internationals and is a useful bowling option with his off-spin.

Gary Wilson
The Surrey wicketkeeper is likely to act as Niall O’Brien’s understudy at the World Twenty20. Wilson has become a regular in his county’s one-day side this season.

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