In a 15 man squad for the U 19 World Cup in Bangladesh, Ireland have selected three pairs of brothers. Among them two are twins.
Cricket and its fans are quite familiar with brothers playing for one team simultaneously. Popular brothers in cricket are Andy Flower and Grant Flower, Yusuf Pathan and Irfan Pathan and many others. But cricket has seen twins on rare occasions. The famous twins of cricket are Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh, Hamish Marshal and James Marshal.
But for a long time cricket has not seen twins after Marshall brothers’ retirement. Though, in the ongoing U 19 World Cup in Bangladesh, the Irish cricket team have two pairs of twins and a pair of brothers.
Today Ireland played their first match of the tournament against India and eventually lost the match by 79 runs. Two pairs of brothers played today and only one pair twins. The Tector brothers- Jack and Henry- failed to contribute much, while between twin McClintocok brothers –William and Gary – the former has scored 58 runs. Meanwhile, between Tucker – Fiachra and Lorcan- twins the latter played today’s game and scored 57.
It is interesting to see brothers and twins in the same team. In cricket, brothers add flares. So in this aspect, these brothers are a flavor of the World T20.
Ireland has replaced Australia, who withdrew from U19 world cup due to a security threat, in this tournament and came back after a gap of two years. Most the Irish players are studying in school.