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    So far the minnows have had a fairly big impact on the tournament, so it would be criminal not to include a token minnow player in the XI: Boyd Rankin, Kevin O'Brien or Syed Rasel perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen View Post
    So far the minnows have had a fairly big impact on the tournament, so it would be criminal not to include a token minnow player in the XI: Boyd Rankin, Kevin O'Brien or Syed Rasel perhaps?
    Too much competition from other, better players. Maybe if the ICC did a tournament XI they would include a player from Bangladesh and Ireland as a nice gesture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen View Post
    So far the minnows have had a fairly big impact on the tournament, so it would be criminal not to include a token minnow player in the XI: Boyd Rankin, Kevin O'Brien or Syed Rasel perhaps?
    Kevin O'Brien hasn't been that great really - he actually got dropped for one game (even though he clearly shouldn't have.) Niall O'Brien has been Ireland's best bat and he's kept decently as well. Razzak has been much better than Rasel too - who was also dropped for a game.

    Really though, I think what has been great about the "minnow" performances is the fact that it hasn't been lucky performances from one or two gun players in good form that have won them games - it has been complete team efforts, showing the commitment and depth of the respective teams' elevens. Aside from Mooney and Peter Gillespie - who both aren't in Ireland's first choice team anyway - I haven't seen any players from Bangladesh or Ireland who have been completely useless and contributed nothing to their sides - and that is quite a good sign for both of them.

    To select one player as the "minnow rep" wouldn't be right IMO because it doesn't really reflect what the minnows have done and how they'd managed it - unless it was RTD of course!
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    Peter Gillespie would have actually been Ireland best player for a long time, but is past it now. The fact that he can't get a regular go in their side, shows how much they have improved over the last couple years.
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