November 4, 2009


Ireland in hot pursuit of Full Member status

Martin Williamson

Ireland have announced an ambitious plan to ascend to Full Member status within the ICC. The Irish will seek to become the ICC's eleventh Full Member nation, and the first to rise from the Associate ranks since Bangladesh in 2000.

Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland's chief executive, has sent a letter to the ICC stating his board's intention to apply for Full Membership - a potential pathway to Test cricket - and to seek clarification on the process. The ICC have since informed Ireland of the council's criteria and expectations, and the matter will now be discussed at the next chief executives' meeting, scheduled for later this month.

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Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Vikram Maingi on (November 9, 2009, 6:29 GMT)

Ireland has a better chance of winning a test match than what Bangladesh had 9 years ago or Zimbabwe had 17 years ago. They are already facing a major problem due migration of their key players to England.

Posted by Terry Jones on (November 6, 2009, 6:27 GMT)

I think the only solution is a multiple tier approach to international cricket. ICC have already started this with World Cricket Leagues 1-8 (9th soon). ICC needs to expand the idea of the league to include Test & T20I matches, make a team perform in all 3 forms of the game to be promoted. ICC WCL needs to also include Test playing nations. A lot of people state that Test Cricket should be limited to the best, and teams should PROVE they are the best. I agree, but to do this there needs to be an audition, not a political decision. A promotion & relegation system will ensure that the best teams play each other at the elite division of cricket. If Ireland are good enough to stay ranked in the top 11 then they get to play Test Cricket for a following 2-4 years. I recommend a 2-4 year competition for 6 team tiers, home & away (2-3 tests, 3-5 ODI, 1-3 T20I) with: * A Final in each tier * T1 Playoffs (5th&8th) * T2 Playoffs (11th & Assoc 2nd) * Prom's (7th & Assoc 1st) & Releg's (6th & 12th)

Posted by Amar Mendes on (November 4, 2009, 16:46 GMT)

If not Full Member status than atleast Test matches for about four years were in everyone can see their performance and gauge them If the belong there than lets make them Full Member status or bake to the intercontinental trophy same applies to Canada or Kenya.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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