October 21, 2008


Ireland need consistency - ICC

Will Luke

Ireland's impressive form as an Associate has lifted their hopes of one day qualifying as a Full Member nation. However, the ICC's high performance manager, Richard Done, has issued a warning against complacency while calling for greater consistency if Ireland - and, indeed, other Associate nations - are to challenge the world's elite.

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Posted by John boon on (October 23, 2008, 12:36 GMT)

what a load of contradictory tripe!!!!!! : "You're not going to win every game, but you can't afford to be losing matches by large margins, like the defeat by Zimbabwe last Friday," Done said.

Zimbabwe and bangladesh have been losing by massive margins on a regular basis, Zimbabwe even got walloped by kenya. How can the ICC shamelessly come up with such statements?? I wonder why there were never such standards forced upon bangladesh when they became the weakest country to ever play test cricket, based on one dodgy victory over pakistan in the 99 world cup. I would also like to see the ICC put into place a scheme whereby ireland, kenya and namibia get to play some first class cricket against the likes of bangladesh. Or is it scared that bangladesh will get beaten?? How many bangladeshi players have been playing first class cricket anywhere else in the world? none. How many Irishmen- at least 5. cricket country or not, Ireland has a lot of potential that shouldnt be scoffed at.

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Will Luke
Assistant editor Will opted against a lifetime of head-bangingly dull administration in the NHS, where he had served for two years. In 2005 came a break at Cricinfo where he slotted right in as a ferociously enthusiastic tea drinker and maker, with a penchant for using "frankly" and "marvellous". He also runs The Corridor, a cricket blog where he can be found ranting and raving about all things - some even involving the sport. He is a great-great nephew of Sir Jack Newman, the former Wellingtonian bowler who took two wickets at 127 apiece for New Zealand.

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