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T20 World Cup 2022 – Graham Hume replaces Craig Young in Ireland squad

Fast bowler Graham Hume has been drafted into Ireland’s T20 World Cup squad and will fly to Australia as replacement for Craig Young, who has experienced a “recurrence of a chronic issue”, according to Cricket Ireland.

“Unfortunately, whilst out in Sydney for our T20 World Cup prep camp, Craig experienced a recurrence of a chronic issue which we have been managing for quite some time,” Mark Rausa, Cricket Ireland’s head of physiotherapy, said.

“Whilst we thought we were on top of the issue, it sadly flared up once we arrived in Sydney and began training. Craig will now return home for an assessment with our medical specialists to plan out his rehab.”

Hume, 31, made his Ireland debut in an ODI against New Zealand in July this year, before making his T20I debut the following month against Afghanistan. While a veteran of 98 first-class games, with 57 List A and 35 T20 matches to boot, those two games are all the international experience Hume has. He is yet to pick up an international wicket.
Young has been one of Ireland’s premier bowlers since making his debut in 2014 and is the joint second-highest wicket-taker for the team in T20Is in 2022. His injury comes as a blow to Ireland, who start their T20 World Cup campaign against Zimbabwe on October 17 in Hobart. They are placed in Group B alongside West Indies, Scotland and Zimbabwe, and will vie for one of two spots available for the Super 12 round.

Ireland will also play two warm-up games – against Namibia on October 11 and Sri Lanka on October 13 – in Melbourne. They will depart for Melbourne on October 9.

Updated Ireland squad: Andrew Balbirnie (capt), Paul Stirling (vice-capt), Mark Adair, Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Stephen Doheny, Fionn Hand, Graham Hume, Josh Little, Barry McCarthy, Conor Olphert, Simi Singh, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker

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