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Wolves tour crucial with plenty to prove: Tector



Harry Tector

Harry Tector

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Harry Tector

IF the end of the pandemic is really in sight, then the next four weeks could be among the most important for a group of Ireland cricketers who will spend it in Bangladesh.

Not only is there a busy international summer ahead - 17 games in 11 weeks - but in October the delayed 2020 T20 World Cup will take place in India in conditions similar to what the Ireland Wolves squad will experience over the next month.

Harry Tector is captain of the 16-man squad which includes 10 senior internationals, four more hoping to break in and two who will qualify by residency early next year.

"There are so many positives that can come out of this tour," said Tector, at 21 the third youngest in the squad but already with 28 Ireland appearances. Only Peter Chase, Mark Adair and Lorcan Tucker have more.

"We have young guys coming in and getting their first representative game, more experienced guys like Jeremy Lawlor, Ruhan Pretorius and Graham Hume, guys hoping to put their hands up (for selection).

"We also have a lot of senior guys who will be looking to put in more solid, consistent performances ahead of a big home summer, so it's a huge tour."

Tector has already been labelled an FIC (Future Ireland captain) so, although he has so many older players around him, he will not be fazed, although he is being thrown in at the deep end in the tour opener next Friday, a four-day game against Bangladesh 'A', following the withdrawal of George Dockrell.

"George was due to captain the red-ball game because I haven't played too much multi-day cricket," added Tector.

"I was looking forward to helping and learning from him, but I'm pretty comfortable in doing that (as well). I will miss George, who has so much experience, but Ru Pretorius is a good replacement."

Tector has experience of Bangladesh, as a 16-year-old at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 when Stephen Doheny, Ben White, Tucker and Josh Little were older team-mates, while Tucker, Chase and Shane Getkate played on the last Wolves tour of Bangladesh in 2017. The hosts won all five games on that trip - the closest by three wickets - against a Wolves side led by current Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie.

"We will have to learn on our feet against really good opposition," admitted Tector. "But it should stand us in good stead for a super-exciting year ahead."

Belfast Telegraph