Ireland June 15, 2007

Ireland announce depleted ODI squad

Ireland have announced a severely depleted 13-man squad for their one-dayers against India and South Africa due to get under way on June 23
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Ireland have announced a severely depleted 13-man squad for their one-dayers against India and South Africa due to get under way on June 23.

Though it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase Ireland's talent, several of their star players are missing through injury. Andre Botha, Dave Langford-Smith and, most disappointingly of all, Boyd Rankin have all failed to recover from their respective injuries in time, though it is expected they will be fit in time for the quadrangular series in July.

The batting also lacks depth and, to compound their troubles, both Jeremy Bray and Eoin Morgan have declared themselves unavailable while their allrounder, Peter Gillespie, has decided to call it a day.

"There's no doubt we have been badly hit by injuries," Phil Simmons, their coach, said. "Langford-Smith has a side injury, and this type of injury can be very slow to heal. Both Andre Botha (elbow injury) and Boyd Rankin (stress fracture of the fibula), are still two or three weeks away from full fitness, but I'm confident all three will be ready for the quadrangular tournament."

Injuries, though unfortunate, are part and parcel of the game but it is Morgan's case which is a greater concern, as more and more Ireland players pledge their future to England.

"Morgan has informed me that he isn't available for the ODIs because of his commitments with Middlesex," Simmons said. "He wants to qualify and play for England, and feels that by obtaining a regular place in the Middlesex team is the best way to achieve that.

"Bray asked not to be considered for selection for these matches and Gillespie has decided to retire from representative cricket.

"The positive aspect to this is that a number of the younger players in the squad will now get a chance to show me what they are capable of," Simmons said. "They have the opportunity to firmly establish themselves in the squad. I'm already starting to look ahead to the World Cup qualifiers in the UAE in 2009, and the composition of the team."

Ireland squad
Trent Johnston (capt), Kenny Carroll, Alex Cusack, Thinus Fourie, Dominick Joyce, Gary Kidd, Kyle McCallan, Kevin O' Brien, Niall O' Brien, William Porterfield, Roger Whelan, Andrew White,Gary Wilson

Will Luke is assistant editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Tim Mcleod on June 23, 2007, 2:09 GMT

    As soon as an Irish player becomes good enough to play international cricket, he is picked up by England and guess what, Ireland has to chose the best from the rest. If Ireland is to be the breeding ground for English cricketers, then they might as well be part of the English team. Why don't they make a combined team with players from Ireland, Scotland and England and call it like Great Britain or something.

  • Mark Sherwood on June 20, 2007, 0:51 GMT

    Just a bit heartbroken that the talented allrounder won't be there. Eoin Morgan is my favourite cricketer and it hurts to see he won't be able to play against two important teams. I hope the new comers play well enough and score some runs and patch in valuable wickets.

  • JJ on June 18, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    The amount of irrelevant and misguided comments on this page is astounding... Eoin Morgan is a complete disgrace, he should never be picked for Ireland again. Its as simple as that. Yes he was brought up here and played here and learned the game here, but he is not 100% committed to Ireland anymore. Ed Joyce left for England after dragging us into the World Cup (almost single handed). I always respected Joyce's decision as he was making a living from the game (something that is almost impossible to do in Ireland) and he wanted to play Test match cricket. He was in his prime and I still see him playing more matches for England. Morgan is 20... in 10 years time Ireland could be a test playing nation, and he isn't good enough for the current England setup, so why make this decision now? He contributed very little in the World Cup, and had the squad been stronger I believe he would have been dropped. His lack of 100% commitment showed. Up to very recently he led everyone to believe Middlesex we restricting his appearances for Ireland, but this was just a lie he never bothered to correct. At least the Aussie's and South Africans in the team want to play in the green of Ireland. I hope he is never picked again. Those like Gary Wilson, Alex Cusack and Thinnus Fourie deserve to be there more than Morgan.

  • Muthu on June 18, 2007, 3:49 GMT

    England is no better than Ireland when it comes to quality of cricket - Morgan, I guess wants money more than anything else from the game ...

  • Shailesh Mahapatra on June 17, 2007, 14:49 GMT

    It's sad enough to know that most of the the star players of the recently concluded world cup would not be turning up for the series against India and South Africa.The major concern is players like Morgan moving to England,this leaves Irish cricket high and dry.I hope that the upcoming lot of cricketers in Ireland commit themselves to their country and continue the chicken dancing trend.I really wish that Ireland goes places in international cricket.

  • ovais hassan on June 17, 2007, 11:35 GMT

    i think that when a aide like ireland who has come a long way should not return to its previous standard

  • Don on June 17, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    Although it is a sad story often seen in developing cricket nations, it can be used in a positive way as well.

    Ireland have no hope of establishing a decent first class system - not in this decade and not in the next 2 or 3 either. This is not cricket crazy Bangladesh we are talking about. The Irish will always love their football (soccer), rugby and gaelic football more not to mention golf, so at best we are talking about cricket as a fifth or sixth option.

    What can be done is already being done - and should be increased. Youngsters like Morgan went into cricket as kids and then teenagers because Ireland plays against the English counties - giving him a professional setup to aim at. ODI status means he can hope for international matches as well. Obviously he wants to aim at test matches - and therefore needs qualification in England - but meanwhile for every Morgan (who may eventually leave Ireland) several dozens go into cricket and stay.

    Here is the important bit - without the hope for international advancement (that Morgan is seeking) those kids would never invest time in cricket as teenagers anyway. If they are looking to be professional athletes they'll go into other sports.

    Right now, Ireland relies on several ex-Aussies in the national setup. That's fine for the short term, but getting more guys like Morgan into the setup should be the aim. If the price is losing several more to the county system - so be it. The main thing is to ensure that youngsters DO get into the system. With the numbers often is found the talent. It takes skill to take diamonds in the rough and make them into the polished article, but that is what the setup should be aiming at.

    Ireland has already shown it is a cut above most associates. With a little more help it should broaden that gap and aim at disturbing Zimbabwe's and Bangladesh's status above them. Once that is done, both money and popularity will be far easier to come by - and that's when a first class system should be tried out (possible making a deal with Scotland for a shared competition).

  • Heath Moore on June 17, 2007, 8:56 GMT

    The ICC need to stop putting money into Zimbabwe.its a waste there.The ICC need to put there money into a country/team that is going to progress into a decent team that will represent their country well. The Irish have some decent players that they need to hold on to. They need to have more exposure so players will stay and they need bigger pay so they will not be tempted to go elsewhere. Irish need a 1st class structure with 1st class coaches. Ireland have improved and thats what everyone wants to see.

  • Ted on June 17, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    The real moves have to come from the I C C, surrely it's in everyone's interest who waants to see cricket develope around the world to encourage countries like Ireland to keep it's talent. There should be a new rule brought in where by a player may still play for his native country at one day level, whilst still being eligable to qualify for test cricket, this would prevent the Ed Joyce situation, picked for a fre games and then discarded. then lost to the smaller nations on the assumption that he may again be called up at some later date. If the rules were relaxed it would allow smaller nations to build sides with a little more confidence and not worry about losing a good player the moment the call of test cricket was felt. It's surely in the interests of cricket world wide to make smaller countries more competitave.

  • vimal on June 17, 2007, 7:58 GMT

    hi guys. Ireland is an effective migrant. But India is an effective champions.Nothing to make discrimination.Neither they are champions nor we are migrants.

  • Tim Mcleod on June 23, 2007, 2:09 GMT

    As soon as an Irish player becomes good enough to play international cricket, he is picked up by England and guess what, Ireland has to chose the best from the rest. If Ireland is to be the breeding ground for English cricketers, then they might as well be part of the English team. Why don't they make a combined team with players from Ireland, Scotland and England and call it like Great Britain or something.

  • Mark Sherwood on June 20, 2007, 0:51 GMT

    Just a bit heartbroken that the talented allrounder won't be there. Eoin Morgan is my favourite cricketer and it hurts to see he won't be able to play against two important teams. I hope the new comers play well enough and score some runs and patch in valuable wickets.

  • JJ on June 18, 2007, 15:07 GMT

    The amount of irrelevant and misguided comments on this page is astounding... Eoin Morgan is a complete disgrace, he should never be picked for Ireland again. Its as simple as that. Yes he was brought up here and played here and learned the game here, but he is not 100% committed to Ireland anymore. Ed Joyce left for England after dragging us into the World Cup (almost single handed). I always respected Joyce's decision as he was making a living from the game (something that is almost impossible to do in Ireland) and he wanted to play Test match cricket. He was in his prime and I still see him playing more matches for England. Morgan is 20... in 10 years time Ireland could be a test playing nation, and he isn't good enough for the current England setup, so why make this decision now? He contributed very little in the World Cup, and had the squad been stronger I believe he would have been dropped. His lack of 100% commitment showed. Up to very recently he led everyone to believe Middlesex we restricting his appearances for Ireland, but this was just a lie he never bothered to correct. At least the Aussie's and South Africans in the team want to play in the green of Ireland. I hope he is never picked again. Those like Gary Wilson, Alex Cusack and Thinnus Fourie deserve to be there more than Morgan.

  • Muthu on June 18, 2007, 3:49 GMT

    England is no better than Ireland when it comes to quality of cricket - Morgan, I guess wants money more than anything else from the game ...

  • Shailesh Mahapatra on June 17, 2007, 14:49 GMT

    It's sad enough to know that most of the the star players of the recently concluded world cup would not be turning up for the series against India and South Africa.The major concern is players like Morgan moving to England,this leaves Irish cricket high and dry.I hope that the upcoming lot of cricketers in Ireland commit themselves to their country and continue the chicken dancing trend.I really wish that Ireland goes places in international cricket.

  • ovais hassan on June 17, 2007, 11:35 GMT

    i think that when a aide like ireland who has come a long way should not return to its previous standard

  • Don on June 17, 2007, 10:32 GMT

    Although it is a sad story often seen in developing cricket nations, it can be used in a positive way as well.

    Ireland have no hope of establishing a decent first class system - not in this decade and not in the next 2 or 3 either. This is not cricket crazy Bangladesh we are talking about. The Irish will always love their football (soccer), rugby and gaelic football more not to mention golf, so at best we are talking about cricket as a fifth or sixth option.

    What can be done is already being done - and should be increased. Youngsters like Morgan went into cricket as kids and then teenagers because Ireland plays against the English counties - giving him a professional setup to aim at. ODI status means he can hope for international matches as well. Obviously he wants to aim at test matches - and therefore needs qualification in England - but meanwhile for every Morgan (who may eventually leave Ireland) several dozens go into cricket and stay.

    Here is the important bit - without the hope for international advancement (that Morgan is seeking) those kids would never invest time in cricket as teenagers anyway. If they are looking to be professional athletes they'll go into other sports.

    Right now, Ireland relies on several ex-Aussies in the national setup. That's fine for the short term, but getting more guys like Morgan into the setup should be the aim. If the price is losing several more to the county system - so be it. The main thing is to ensure that youngsters DO get into the system. With the numbers often is found the talent. It takes skill to take diamonds in the rough and make them into the polished article, but that is what the setup should be aiming at.

    Ireland has already shown it is a cut above most associates. With a little more help it should broaden that gap and aim at disturbing Zimbabwe's and Bangladesh's status above them. Once that is done, both money and popularity will be far easier to come by - and that's when a first class system should be tried out (possible making a deal with Scotland for a shared competition).

  • Heath Moore on June 17, 2007, 8:56 GMT

    The ICC need to stop putting money into Zimbabwe.its a waste there.The ICC need to put there money into a country/team that is going to progress into a decent team that will represent their country well. The Irish have some decent players that they need to hold on to. They need to have more exposure so players will stay and they need bigger pay so they will not be tempted to go elsewhere. Irish need a 1st class structure with 1st class coaches. Ireland have improved and thats what everyone wants to see.

  • Ted on June 17, 2007, 8:25 GMT

    The real moves have to come from the I C C, surrely it's in everyone's interest who waants to see cricket develope around the world to encourage countries like Ireland to keep it's talent. There should be a new rule brought in where by a player may still play for his native country at one day level, whilst still being eligable to qualify for test cricket, this would prevent the Ed Joyce situation, picked for a fre games and then discarded. then lost to the smaller nations on the assumption that he may again be called up at some later date. If the rules were relaxed it would allow smaller nations to build sides with a little more confidence and not worry about losing a good player the moment the call of test cricket was felt. It's surely in the interests of cricket world wide to make smaller countries more competitave.

  • vimal on June 17, 2007, 7:58 GMT

    hi guys. Ireland is an effective migrant. But India is an effective champions.Nothing to make discrimination.Neither they are champions nor we are migrants.

  • John - South Africa on June 16, 2007, 22:49 GMT

    It is a real shame to see all the Irish players going to England to find stonger & more competetive cricket. I agree with all the comments that the ICC should open their eyes to the immense talent shown by the Irish team (especially during the 2007 WC) and start spending their money wisely. What does the ICC still see in Zimbabwean cricket ? There is none of the current full members that want to tour there ! (example West Indies wish to suspend tour now !!) I think it is time for them to go back to been an Associate nation and the extra money should be spent on the Minor countries such as Ireland, Kenya, Scotland, Bermuda & Canada. At the end of the day these are the countries where the future of cricket lies.

  • india on June 16, 2007, 17:58 GMT

    i think it's unfair that ireland are in the tournament alongside two of the biggest power houses of cricket South Africa and India. It will just prove to be a demoralising series for the Irish.

  • Stuart Roberts on June 16, 2007, 17:06 GMT

    I am sure many of the Irish players would love to be able to play for Ireland,... but they also want to earn a living from doing what they do. Unless or until there is a professional structure within Ireland itself, offering competitive first-class cricket, it is most unlikely that they will be able to commit themselves long term to Irish cricket.

  • Rajkumar Jayapathy on June 16, 2007, 12:57 GMT

    The Irish players should take up the responsibility of building their team,they are a good team as we all saw them perform in the world cup,they fielding was good,batting is Ok,but their bowling needs to improve and the true way to globalise the game is to support small cricket nations like Ireland and Kenya,this should be done by the ICC along with its permanent members.

  • Navaneeth on June 16, 2007, 12:55 GMT

    As with my words Ireland is equal to England.They got enough training to give the toughness to all countries from england.So if India take Ireland like Bangladesh in world cup they definitely fail in this tour.

  • Mandhir Bhatia on June 16, 2007, 9:19 GMT

    It doesn't matter than few players are injured, I think they can still perform the chicken dance and other antics (like the one by Dave Lanford-Smith). But, on a serious note, I agree with others that the players should not migrate to England. But rather than the cricket board acting as a watchdog, players should be responsible to build a cricketing nation better than their neighbours to say the least.

  • john boon on June 16, 2007, 8:43 GMT

    If the ICC had any gumption in it, it would immediately dispense of Zimbabwe's test status, withdraw the 11 millions dollars or however much it is and split it between the three members of the ODI table (i.e. Zimbabwe. Kenya and Ireland). that would help two genuine future test nations achieve their goals whilst taking the wasted money that Zimbabwe gets away squandering each year.

  • sasi kumar on June 16, 2007, 7:26 GMT

    India Not to take easy against Ireland,remembering Pak vs Ire in WC2007.

  • Joel Cindy pereiera on June 16, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    There is no doubt that Ireland has it what it takes to be in the making of a professional cricketing nation. The sport in this country needs to be taken seriously. the domestic standards need to be upgraded. and i strongly believe that Ireland should be involved in more cricket with nations like Scotland UAE, Canada and so on more cricket more the standards upgrade. mates watch out for surprises Ireland take on the Safari and the Indians.

  • SYED MUHAMMAD ALI on June 16, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    I think this is best for the Ireland Cricket to organize tournaments in their country

  • ahmed syed jamil on June 16, 2007, 3:48 GMT

    Ireland need to form a format of cricket structure so as to comply their players and administrators to stick to it. Then they can analyse the situation and bring on the necessary changes as required.

  • Fat_Bulborbs on June 16, 2007, 2:59 GMT

    ICC should stop pouring money into Zimbabwe cricket, and divert some (or most) of it into Irish Cricket instead.

  • Suree on June 16, 2007, 2:53 GMT

    Ireland can become one of the best sides in the world if they have enough cricket, first thing then sponsor and third, they should announce contracts like the English team..

  • farhan shaikh on June 16, 2007, 1:37 GMT

    Ireland has a long way to go to compete with bigger cricketing nations of the world.However getting the ODI status from ICC must have been a huge boost for them and it is now ICC`s responsibility that they arrange regular matches for smaller nations because this is the only way they can get match practice,exposure and experience of the cricketing world.

  • vikas kumar singh on June 15, 2007, 17:18 GMT

    Ireland needs to put cap on their players so as to avoid their migration.This can be done by asking them to sign the agreements.This will help in building a strong team.

  • Luke Richards on June 15, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    Ireland need their own domestic structure. If the players didn't have to go to English counties to play professional cricket then not so many of them would. A proper domestic cricket structure would therefore help Irish cricket by keeping the talent in Ireland, it would also provide the talented players with more opportunities to do well and gain experience, it would promote the game in Ireland and therefore bring more talent with it. As a long term result of this, it would also boost Ireland's chances of gaining Full Member status of the ICC. If and when this ever happens then Irish players definitely won't need to emigrate to England in order to play their sport at the highest level.

    I'm no financial expert and I know that Ireland (and the other Associates) get a pittance in funding from the ICC but surely it couldn't be that hard to find requisite sponsors, especially if the ICC granted a one day tournament List A status for example. Ireland will never advance to the next level all the while they rely on The Friends Provident for their players to gain experience at a professional level.

  • Naif Karim on June 15, 2007, 16:39 GMT

    Something needs to happen to stop players from migrating to England...

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  • Naif Karim on June 15, 2007, 16:39 GMT

    Something needs to happen to stop players from migrating to England...

  • Luke Richards on June 15, 2007, 17:12 GMT

    Ireland need their own domestic structure. If the players didn't have to go to English counties to play professional cricket then not so many of them would. A proper domestic cricket structure would therefore help Irish cricket by keeping the talent in Ireland, it would also provide the talented players with more opportunities to do well and gain experience, it would promote the game in Ireland and therefore bring more talent with it. As a long term result of this, it would also boost Ireland's chances of gaining Full Member status of the ICC. If and when this ever happens then Irish players definitely won't need to emigrate to England in order to play their sport at the highest level.

    I'm no financial expert and I know that Ireland (and the other Associates) get a pittance in funding from the ICC but surely it couldn't be that hard to find requisite sponsors, especially if the ICC granted a one day tournament List A status for example. Ireland will never advance to the next level all the while they rely on The Friends Provident for their players to gain experience at a professional level.

  • vikas kumar singh on June 15, 2007, 17:18 GMT

    Ireland needs to put cap on their players so as to avoid their migration.This can be done by asking them to sign the agreements.This will help in building a strong team.

  • farhan shaikh on June 16, 2007, 1:37 GMT

    Ireland has a long way to go to compete with bigger cricketing nations of the world.However getting the ODI status from ICC must have been a huge boost for them and it is now ICC`s responsibility that they arrange regular matches for smaller nations because this is the only way they can get match practice,exposure and experience of the cricketing world.

  • Suree on June 16, 2007, 2:53 GMT

    Ireland can become one of the best sides in the world if they have enough cricket, first thing then sponsor and third, they should announce contracts like the English team..

  • Fat_Bulborbs on June 16, 2007, 2:59 GMT

    ICC should stop pouring money into Zimbabwe cricket, and divert some (or most) of it into Irish Cricket instead.

  • ahmed syed jamil on June 16, 2007, 3:48 GMT

    Ireland need to form a format of cricket structure so as to comply their players and administrators to stick to it. Then they can analyse the situation and bring on the necessary changes as required.

  • SYED MUHAMMAD ALI on June 16, 2007, 6:59 GMT

    I think this is best for the Ireland Cricket to organize tournaments in their country

  • Joel Cindy pereiera on June 16, 2007, 7:17 GMT

    There is no doubt that Ireland has it what it takes to be in the making of a professional cricketing nation. The sport in this country needs to be taken seriously. the domestic standards need to be upgraded. and i strongly believe that Ireland should be involved in more cricket with nations like Scotland UAE, Canada and so on more cricket more the standards upgrade. mates watch out for surprises Ireland take on the Safari and the Indians.

  • sasi kumar on June 16, 2007, 7:26 GMT

    India Not to take easy against Ireland,remembering Pak vs Ire in WC2007.