ICC annual conference June 28, 2011

Ireland want 'meritocracy' in world cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom has welcomed the about-turn on contentious plans to bar the Associate nations from the 2015 World Cup, but urged the ICC to give developing cricketing countries such as Ireland a fair chance to join cricket's elite.

"The one thing that we shouted out more loudly than anything else is 'meritocracy' - not 'we want to be given this as a right', but 'we want the opportunity to be better'," Deutrom told AFP.

Ireland have made a strong case for higher honours in recent years, having beaten Pakistan during their first World Cup appearance in 2007 and scored a remarkable win over England in India earlier this year. Though their inclusion in 2015 continues to give them something to aim for, there remains no official route or timetable for them to be awarded Test status.

"All we've asked for from the very start is simply a road map to where we go next because what we've done, and what we've achieved, is everything that has been asked of us," added Deutrom.

"We've got a business and we are prepared to develop that business but the only way we can move that business on is to get that additional support, to be able to afford more ODIs and the opportunity to play those ODIs," he said. "And then a pathway perhaps to Test cricket. That has to be the holy grail for us."

Amid a myriad of tweaks and amendments made at the meeting of the ICC's Executive Board in Hong Kong, the format and composition of the next two World Cups and World Twenty20s and the implementation of the Decision Review System have attracted plenty of attention, but there remains another high-profile issue to be decided upon: whether or not to scrap the ICC's two-year rotational presidency.

Deutrom said he was in favour of doing away with automatic rotation, a policy which was put under review after Australia and New Zealand's nominee for the position, ex-Australian prime minister John Howard, was rejected by other countries last year.

"The principle is quite simply that it's the best person for the job," he said. "And the best person for the job might already reside within Pakistan or Bangladesh, but the idea is that as long as the best person for the job is found, we should support that."

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  • Dinith on June 30, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    Well you're missing the point again. Ireland is an associate nation, that is why the financial and all other backgrounds exist for you as it is. No one is expecting Ireland to perform any better than the way they are doing right now. They are performing as a successful associate nation should. Which is the delight. For them to ascend in the cricketing hierarchy they need to be in position of what other full member nations are in possession of, which is not money. But all other assets that full member nations have. Think back, reflect whether Ireland and England or any other full member nation are in the same position when it comes to cricket. If that day arises I believe Ireland will become a strong cricketing nation like all other white cricketing nations have become. Afghanistan has one key asset that Ireland or the Irish are still to have.A four year a wait is the hidden blessing that Ireland needs. The hunger for cricket needs to arise. The fire is still too small.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    @Dinith, '' Ireland have proudly carried the associates' standard for two World Cups in succession. They're not asking for free lunches, just for a fair chance. '' Dileep Premachandran,

    Ireland at the moment is doing great things with the little money they receive, I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure these figures are near enough 100% correct, the full member teams got around 8-10 million for their World Cup efforts and Ireland received 50,000 - now how is a associate nation meant to be compete regularly when we can't get more funding from the ICC,

    as the quote says, we're not looking for a free lunch, just a fair chance...

  • Dinith on June 29, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    Poor administration arises when they only think of themselves (Ireland) apparently this chap is doing that.You can see the trouble the ICC is having because of the BCCI, its a good enough example to depict what I mean. Ireland just lost to Pakistan in their home series. How can you contest that Ireland is better than Pakistan? This chap needs to organize a few tours with member nations instead of running about doing nonsense and becoming nothing more than a puppet in the hands of bigger players. Learn to respect, the English and the Pakistanis have done so much more to cricket than Ireland can even hardly fathom. It is rightful they are given their dues and this might hurt you as you're an avid fan of Irish cricket, but Ireland are an associate cricketing nation. They are referred to that because of a reason. Let's talk about things that need to happen in the future when their due time comes. The time at the moment says, Ireland-Associate nation.

  • khurram on June 29, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    yes give small teams chance in bigger events. icc dont even give them more full member matches in Ftp .ireland will play less than 10 matches next year with full member so how u expect them to learn.cricket should be international game not 10-12 countries. last time bangladesh got status 12 years ago after that no team yet.

  • Joe on June 29, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    @dinith_sw I take it you are just wumming? Ireland aren't good enough? Please tell that to England and Pakistan. JFYI Only a poor administrator would NOT be vieing for a chance to participate in a world cup in any sport. @Trotter yes buddy Ireland do have strength in depth coming through the stats for U13 U15 and U19 for all the major European associates and affiliates can be found at http://www.cricketeurope4.net/CRICKETEUROPE/index.shtml and you will see all these teams are winning along with the womens team as well.

  • King on June 29, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    @ Hosni Adnan : What are you talking about ? India is not going to stop Ireland or any other country to become successful. The more country cricket is played, more money India is going to make. You got your logic wrong, and the whole world knows how "good" BD is in test, so there is no point in rushing countries to test status.

  • Dinith on June 29, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    Oh well, that's great to know that he has some credentials behind him, then he certainly wouldn't need any cricketing history lessons. If not he better get some. Moving on. If he is a good administrator he wouldn't be vying for either a rotation policy nor would he vie for participation in the next world cup. To play at the highest level you just need to good be enough. Ireland isn't good enough. There's no point in arguing over that. There will be 4 more ICC events when they will be included and considering the fact that a Pakistan team recently toured Ireland recently is more than enough exposure for them. The tide has changed for them undoubtedly. Its best they use these opportunities.

  • sri on June 29, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    @Hosni Adnan , @smithie Funny how you guyz always bring up INDIA in to everything. Why did you guyz not acknowledge that it is Sharad pawar (btw i dont like him) who gave Ireland the much deserving qualifying chance for 2015.

  • Monirul on June 29, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    I'd love to see Irish as a full member. I think they deserve it in their current form. But the question is do they have enough quality players in the pipeline to sustain their performance? WI, ZIM are strugling with shortage of quality players, also and NZ to some extent. Performance curve for team like BD may stay flat or increase, but not falling because of sheer popularity of the game in the country, but can't say same for the Irish.

  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    India will never ever let Ireland have test status..ire having test status means icc control will once again fall in eng hands..and india will not let it happen..remember BD was given test status for that extra vote for asia..nothing else

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