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Irish counting cost of Marshall’s exit

Irealnd have overlooked ex-New Zealand batsman Hamish Marshall for next month's Tri-Series against Sri Lanka and Scotland due to financial issues surrounding his change of country.

Cricket Ireland is keen to include the 32-year-old but have decided to leave him out because his appearance would result in compensation being paid to his county Gloucestershire.

Marshall's ‘free agent' status affords Gloucestershire payments from the ECB that would stop once he appears for Ireland.

“Although Hamish has declared for Ireland, he has at the same time become technically qualified for England,” Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said.

“Irrespective of his international playing preference, his nominal England qualification releases significant payment to Gloucestershire from the ECB and playing for Ireland in the upcoming matches would jeopardise these payments, which would be unreasonable on Gloucestershire within a budgetary cycle.”

Meanwhile, Ireland will have at least three new caps when they take on Namibia in the Intercontinental Cup game at Stormont, starting on Tuesday week.

Strabane batsman Niall McDonnell, a non-playing member of the squad that played Pakistan last month, retains his place and is joined this time by Brigade batsman Chris Dougherty, Limavady all-rounder Stuart Thompson and Fox Lodge bowler Graeme McCarter.

The certainty to make his debut is wicket-keeper Stuart Poynter, the younger brother of Andrew who is also in the squad.

Squads: Ireland (v Namibia I-Cup): T Johnston (Railway Union, capt), A Cusack (Clontarf), G Dockrell (Somerset), C Dougherty (Brigade), G McCarter (Fox Lodge), N McDonnell (Strabane), J Mooney (North County), K O'Brien (Gloucestershire), A Poynter (Clontarf), S Poynter (MCC Young Cricketers), P Stirling (Middlesex), S Thompson (Limavady), A White (Instonians).

Ireland (for one-day games): W Porterfield (Warwickshire, capt), Cusack, Dockrell, Johnston, N Jones (Civil Service North), McCarter, Mooney, K O'Brien, N O'Brien (Northamptonshire), A Poynter, B Rankin (Warwickshire), Stirling, White, Wilson (Surrey).

l PACEMAN Chris Tremlett remained positive about England's chances of securing a 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka despite two rain-affected days in the third npower Test at the Rose Bowl.

The 29-year-old marked his return to his native county with figures of six for 42 to reduce the tourists to 177 for nine.

Rain wiped out the morning session on day two and then returned to preclude any play either after an early tea, but Tremlett was staying upbeat.

He told said: “We've got nine wickets here. Hopefully we can clean them up quickly tomorrow.”

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