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Middlesex bowler Tim Murtagh keen to play for Ireland

Middlesex paceman Tim Murtagh
Murtagh was a member of England U-19's side at the 1999 World Cup

Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh has said he would be keen to explore opportunities to play for Ireland.

Murtagh, 29, qualifies to play through his grandparents' heritage and has only featured for England's Under-19 side.

He told BBC London 94.9: "I think I would be eligible for an Irish passport and be able to play.

"Whether they're keen or not I don't know as I haven't pushed it yet, but it's definitely an avenue I'd look at exploring," he added.

"I've got Irish grandparents and do have Irish blood in me. There have been a couple of enquiries but I've heard nothing back since."

The interest came about after a chat with former Middlesex opener Ed Joyce who plays for Ireland.

"I was away with Ed during the winter for the weekend with our partners.

"The topic just came up one night when we were sat in the pub, and he was asking about my Irish roots as I've got Irish grandparents."

The seamer continued: "It's up to the Irish Cricket Board and whether they're interested in me, I've had some emails back and forth and I would qualify as both my grandparents were born in Ireland."

The chance of playing an international tournament would be massive for me and something I'd find very hard to turn down

Tim Murtagh

Murtagh also said that representing Ireland may be his best chance of tasting international cricket, after being overlooked by England in recent years.

"I'm coming up to my 30th birthday so realistically if I was going to play for England then that would have happened by now.

"So the chance of playing an international tournament would be massive for me and something I'd find very hard to turn down."



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