Ireland news January 24, 2012

Ireland map out path to Tests

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Cricket Ireland has set out its strategy to bring full Test status by 2020. Targets include an increase in the number of people playing the game in Ireland to 50,000, reaching eighth in the world rankings and establishing a domestic first-class structure.

A number of commercial deals have been secured, allowing Ireland to unveil their strategic plan to 2015 and target their ultimate ambition of securing Test status. As part of that process Cricket Ireland want to have three first-class teams in place by 2015.

Warren Deutrom, Ireland's chief executive, said: "We have set ourselves a very clear long-term ambition - to become a full Test nation by 2020, nothing less. This is not a dreamy aspiration but a real ambition founded on the playing talent being developed on this island, the growing passion and profile of the game here, a sustained and proven track record of achievement on and off the field and a clear roadmap set out by us for how to get there."

Phil Simmons, the Ireland coach, has also agreed a two-year extension to his contract which will take him through to at least the end of Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign late next year.

Cricket Ireland has offered a record 23 professional contracts to players, in three categories, for 2012, a development Simmons says is vital for their continued improvement.

"A key part of our success to date has been the move to professionalism," Simmons said. "With so many players on full or part-time contracts we now have a structure supporting the senior squad to make sure we can maintain our competitiveness on the international stage."

Initiatives to swell participation numbers to 50,000 will include the establishment of regional academies; a Get Into Cricket scheme which will seek to attract six to 12-year-olds to take up the game in clubs and schools; a Better Clubs Initiative, which will encourage clubs to improve their facilities; and the Cricket Ireland national awards which will recognise contributions ranging from players to volunteers.

"Our commitment to the game at grassroots level will hopefully make a real difference on the ground," Deutrom said. "We want to give as much attention to the domestic game as we have to the international teams in the last four years."

Contract awards

Category A Trent Johnston, Alex Cusack, Kevin O'Brien, John Mooney.

Category B William Porterfield, Niall O'Brien, Paul Stirling, George Dockrell, Gary Wilson, Boyd Rankin, Ed Joyce, Andrew White.

Category C Albert van der Merwe, Nigel Jones, Max Sorensen, Shane Getkate, James Shannon, Stuart Thompson, Andrew Poynter, Andrew Balbirnie, Tom Fisher, Peter Connell, Rory McCann.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | January 25, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Further to my earlier post I would pull Ire out of the ICC Contiental with immediate effect. The current and future tours programme has just started and runs to 2016. Between now and then why not schedule 2 match series home and away against Zim and Ban and if feasible a home series against Wind and NZL and maybe a one off test away to both of those teams , that would be 14 tests if they more than hold their own against these teams and have some sort of first class structure in place by 2016, then surely they could be incorporated in to the next CFTP. We are moving more and more toward a 2 tier structure in test cricket with the likes of Eng, SAF,Aus, Ind and maybe soon Pak playing 4 and 5 match series against each other and then when they play the lower tier teams they would play 2 matches series and when the lower tiers teams place each other they would play 2/3 match series.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | January 25, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Surely it is time for a pan-European first class structure, like Ireland, N Ireland, Scotland, a couple of Dutch teams and even Wales.

  • POSTED BY Super_Cricketer on | January 25, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @tatactg, Ireland won the Intercontinental Cup in 2005, 2007 & 2008. They couldnt win the tournament in 2010 because half of their total matches had been washed out due to bad weather(Please check the points table).....Anyway 2020 to target for test status..its toooooo late...may be in 2015 they can secure the TEST STATUS....Performance in WC 2015, WT20 2012&2014, ICup 2013 will be considered....

  • POSTED BY tatactg on | January 25, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    First let Ireland win the Intercontinental cup- the last one was won by Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Incredibly deserving of full status. This isn't Kenya in '03. This isn't Bangladesh in '99. This is a board with vision, a long term plan - and a way to pay for it. They deserve full membership more than any other contender since Zimbabwe in '92.

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | January 25, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Nows the time to take out the stupid clause which allows players from associate members to join full member teams as and when they please. If that is allowed all of Ireland's excelelnt progress, planning, mush hard work and money will go down the grave. The likes of Boyd Rankin and Dockrell should not be allowed to be poached by England of another country. Like Australia snatched Nannes from Netherlands. If those players are good enough to play for crickets elite natiopns, then offer them a chance to play for their country of birth by giving Ireland test status NOW!! Best regards from Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    ICC aren't going to let Ireland into Test Cricket because there is nothing in it for the ICC. There is a pot of money that is split 10 ways, bring anyone else in and each of the 10 gets less money. That's simply not going to happen. I'd love Ireland to get Test status, I live here and have played with and against the current players, but I just don't see the current Test nations giving up cash so someone else can be involved.

  • POSTED BY MikeHughes on | January 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Jimmy2s - William Porterfield is only on a Category B contract because he is a full-time county player in England - the four Category A players are full-time contracted to Ireland, though Kev O'B plays one-dayers for Gloucestershire. Last year Paul Stirling and George Dockrell were also Category A, but will be playing more English county cricket in 2012 so have dropped down. Presumably the money saved on those two allows them to fund the Category C players who make up the numbers in the Intercontinental Cup when they Cat B players are unavailable.

  • POSTED BY ROLAYH on | January 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Best of luck Ireland..if any country deserves the test status among the minnows it has to be Ireland...if Bangladesh can get it...certainly Ireland is more deserving case....I support Ireland.....Ireland Zindabad.... :-)

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 25, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    WHY NOT FROM NOW ON??? ICC SHOULD TAKE INDIAN TEAM 'S TET STATUS & GIVE IT TOO IRELAND .

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | January 25, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Further to my earlier post I would pull Ire out of the ICC Contiental with immediate effect. The current and future tours programme has just started and runs to 2016. Between now and then why not schedule 2 match series home and away against Zim and Ban and if feasible a home series against Wind and NZL and maybe a one off test away to both of those teams , that would be 14 tests if they more than hold their own against these teams and have some sort of first class structure in place by 2016, then surely they could be incorporated in to the next CFTP. We are moving more and more toward a 2 tier structure in test cricket with the likes of Eng, SAF,Aus, Ind and maybe soon Pak playing 4 and 5 match series against each other and then when they play the lower tier teams they would play 2 matches series and when the lower tiers teams place each other they would play 2/3 match series.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | January 25, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Surely it is time for a pan-European first class structure, like Ireland, N Ireland, Scotland, a couple of Dutch teams and even Wales.

  • POSTED BY Super_Cricketer on | January 25, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    @tatactg, Ireland won the Intercontinental Cup in 2005, 2007 & 2008. They couldnt win the tournament in 2010 because half of their total matches had been washed out due to bad weather(Please check the points table).....Anyway 2020 to target for test status..its toooooo late...may be in 2015 they can secure the TEST STATUS....Performance in WC 2015, WT20 2012&2014, ICup 2013 will be considered....

  • POSTED BY tatactg on | January 25, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    First let Ireland win the Intercontinental cup- the last one was won by Afghanistan.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Incredibly deserving of full status. This isn't Kenya in '03. This isn't Bangladesh in '99. This is a board with vision, a long term plan - and a way to pay for it. They deserve full membership more than any other contender since Zimbabwe in '92.

  • POSTED BY randikaayya on | January 25, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Nows the time to take out the stupid clause which allows players from associate members to join full member teams as and when they please. If that is allowed all of Ireland's excelelnt progress, planning, mush hard work and money will go down the grave. The likes of Boyd Rankin and Dockrell should not be allowed to be poached by England of another country. Like Australia snatched Nannes from Netherlands. If those players are good enough to play for crickets elite natiopns, then offer them a chance to play for their country of birth by giving Ireland test status NOW!! Best regards from Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    ICC aren't going to let Ireland into Test Cricket because there is nothing in it for the ICC. There is a pot of money that is split 10 ways, bring anyone else in and each of the 10 gets less money. That's simply not going to happen. I'd love Ireland to get Test status, I live here and have played with and against the current players, but I just don't see the current Test nations giving up cash so someone else can be involved.

  • POSTED BY MikeHughes on | January 25, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Jimmy2s - William Porterfield is only on a Category B contract because he is a full-time county player in England - the four Category A players are full-time contracted to Ireland, though Kev O'B plays one-dayers for Gloucestershire. Last year Paul Stirling and George Dockrell were also Category A, but will be playing more English county cricket in 2012 so have dropped down. Presumably the money saved on those two allows them to fund the Category C players who make up the numbers in the Intercontinental Cup when they Cat B players are unavailable.

  • POSTED BY ROLAYH on | January 25, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Best of luck Ireland..if any country deserves the test status among the minnows it has to be Ireland...if Bangladesh can get it...certainly Ireland is more deserving case....I support Ireland.....Ireland Zindabad.... :-)

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | January 25, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    WHY NOT FROM NOW ON??? ICC SHOULD TAKE INDIAN TEAM 'S TET STATUS & GIVE IT TOO IRELAND .

  • POSTED BY Marktc on | January 25, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    This is positive and I hope Ireland achieve their goals. I think the biggest challenge the lower ranked and hopeful test nations have is lack of test experience. I do agree with an Premier league and a second tier of these nations. Not only should 'tests' between them be encouraged, but premier teams should organize their A teams to play against them as much as possible. This not only helps the second tier teams, but gives the Premier A teams much needed experience and time on the field. I an ideal cricket world, the Premier league would play each other home and away on a 4-5 year basis and this will allow teams to move up or down.

  • POSTED BY RMCroos on | January 25, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    I think 2020 is too long for a cricket nation like Ireland they playing some top class cricket what my suggestion is request from ICC a test series with Bangadesh play 1 match each home and away if Ireland beat Bangladesh ......................answer in your hands my cricinfo lovers...

  • POSTED BY Hrit24 on | January 25, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    I'm so happy that Ireland are finally on the road to gain Test status. Finally, very happy to see that they are on the road of fulfilling my desire of them getting Test status and an establishment of a first-class competition which has been pending since there heroics against England in the 2011 World Cup.

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | January 25, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Wow ..2020 that so soon..or it will be just another Kenya in making in 8 years after loosing all good players to Neighbors, well nobody wants Ireland directly in Test and Playing Test at Sydney and Capetown Thrashing home teams..will they be able to do that in 2020 -2025 aswell ..NO....Then why to wait till 2020 when on current scenario if given regular games they can be really competitive with bottom ranked Test Teams.

    It would be better if Ireland keep sight after 2015 World Cup for Test Status with 2-5 Years of Test Matches only with Bangladesh,Zimbabwe,West Indies....or lower ranked 3-4teams in Home Away basis...

    2020 should be Vision of Afghanistan or Scotland not Ireland ..

    Agreed some infrastructure is needed ...but 2015 is good enough time to build that... current full strength Ireland team will they not be able to pose challenge to Zimbabwe or Bangladesh in Home Series or even beat them convincingly

  • POSTED BY Akhilesh_Shenoy on | January 25, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Way to go Ireland !!! Hope u reach all ur targets well in advance !!! :)

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    What happen to Marshall one of the twin brother of NZL.

  • POSTED BY enigma77543 on | January 25, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    People asking for Irish-test-status don't realize that there was this same euphoria around Bangladesh, they won a couple of ODIs against big teams & voila - test-status - & now look where they are, they can't even DRAW Tests on regular basis (let alone winning). It's easy to get carried away by good ODI games but Tests are COMPLETELY different ballgame & requires different set of skills, that's why we've "ODI-specialists" players & such & that's why they MUST first have a functioning domestic structure before anything else, in fact, Bangla were EVEN MORE promising BACK THEN as they'd this craze for cricket which precipitated their test-status but Irl doesn't even have that so they'll find even harder to maintain a decent team as the current lot ages. Best thing FOR THE MOMENT is for ICC to have 8 Test-states-teams with promotion-relegation system & an annual or biannual tournament to promote/relegate the teams on that basis, it'd also give some motivation to laggers like Ban, WI, Zim

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Hey I love Irish cricketing spirit. But, don't comment anything about bangladesh cricket. The team we have is a very exciting one and it's the passion here. Almost 1.5 million people follow cricket here. I think Ireland should appeal for the test status. Then we should consider about their ability or anything else. Because, if they don't get test status in the near future; they will loss players like Morgan, Dockrell, Kevin, Stirling & Rankin as well. So,I want them to play from the next years.

  • POSTED BY TheMissingAllrounder on | January 25, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    I'd give them test status now. Sure they don't have a proper first-class system but neither does Sri Lanka.

    And no, they're not fully competitive with the top teams but no other sport discrimates against the lesser nations. Baseball only has about four countries with serious leagues but a game between Australia (ranked 11) and Pakistan (21) is still a full international.

    They should make Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Kenya, Namibia, UAE, Afghanistan, USA and Canada test nations now so they can play each other in meaningful contests and aim to have another 20 nations or so eligible by 2020.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | January 25, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    I would like to see more teams gaining Test status but judging a team by their ODI performance itself is insufficient. There should also be a tradition and/or a good cricket infrastructure. This is why Sri Lanka had an easier transition to Test cricket but not Bangladesh (as of now). But... Is it a good idea to give Test status to more and more countries? Considering the length of Test tours and the encroachment of T20 leagues, IT DOES NOT MAKE PRACTICAL SENSE. ICC should think about having a two-tier system but I don't see it happening given the commercial considerations and the lack of long-term vision. Remember the Test Championship??

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Making a long term plan to be 8th in the world. One of the not so good 8 yr plans I have seen. These folks need serious help from an MBA infact the whole cricketing community needs some serious SWAT analysis done.

  • POSTED BY Srijoym on | January 25, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Yay Irrrreland! I just hope they don't spend time and money developing talent only for England to poach them.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    why they are waiting until 2020?? ICC should concern about Ireland more, if they really want to help non test playing country. test match now playing only 10 nations. as a fan of cricket, i want to see more cricketing nation are coming out, and playing top class cricket in test match.

  • POSTED BY wbyeats on | January 25, 2012, 2:44 GMT

    Ireland will be a better test playing nation than Bangladesh; in fact I am sure when they play their first ten tests after 2020 they will beat Bangladesh if they happen to play them within that span.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | January 25, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Ireland could already beat Bangladesh. They need to get to the level of New Zealand and West Indies before they are ready to play Test Cricket. Hopefully they can be consistent. But even if they are not, a win over England would be awesome.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    Ireland should have gotten test status by now. 2016 would be ideal for them.

  • POSTED BY crikkfan on | January 25, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    they should be fasttracked into it in a year or two. have they considered that some of the finesh Irish players now may not be available in 8 years - they deserve an opportunity to play for their country. like someone said , take note Bdesh - there is a 'strategy' in place for progression. ICC should formalize this - barring the time it takes.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 1:14 GMT

    Great vision from Warren Deutrom, hope it comes to reality, even better if they put up a good show at the next World Cup and start playing tests in 2015/16.

    While acknowledging the massive strides Irish Cricket has made since the 2007 World Cup, they still have a massive way to go to increase Cricket's profile in the Emerald Isle. Having been to the Republic a couple of times recently Cricket now gets featured in the Sports pages, but it's very rare to even see a pitch anywhere outside of Dublin, and in the west cricket's virtually non-existent. It'll never be as popular as Gaelic Football, Hurling, Rugby Union or Football, but if they can manage to make it the 5th most popular team sport and increase the general public's awareness then they'll deserve to become a test nation.

    Here's to Afghanistan also becoming a test nation by 2020,

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | January 25, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    Ireland should already be playing Test Cricket. They are in better shape than Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and the West Indies and have been competitive in most if not all of the games they have played in. Indeed had Ireland toured England and Australia instead of India they would have put up far stiffer resistance than the Indians have. The Irish play with real pride every time they step out onto the ground. The same can't be said about certain other countries. It is a real shame we have to wait so long for Ireland to be admitted to Test Cricket as if admitted they would be the best thing that has happened to Cricket since the re-admission to Test Cricket of South Africa.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | January 25, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    They're such a talented bunch. And of course, the easiest way to increase participation at home is continued success against the top sides. Cricket Australia - if you haven't booked someone else yet, get Ireland down here for next summer's three-way ODI series, please. Throw in a few 4-day games either side (against Aus A or a PM's XI) of the series too - no point in having them come all this way to hang out in their pyjamas...

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 0:44 GMT

    Sadly for Ireland, until they have an established first class cricket structure in the country, I can't see them gaining test status as the lack of such an infrastructure makes it impossible to properly develop players. Also as long as no such system exists, they will consistently lose their best players to England as has already happened with Eoin Morgan and could potentially soon happen with Boyd Rankin (he's already part of the England Development Squad). Another problem I foresee is that without regular first class cricket, they will obviously be no grounds hosting high class cricket on as regularly as would be required if they were to become suitable for test cricket. Pitches take a while to mature and need experienced, quality groundsmen to take care of them on a full time basis.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | January 25, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    Anyone else think it odd that the captain doesn't have a Category A contract?

  • POSTED BY yorkshirematt on | January 25, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    I can't wait for ireland's first test series against England and the sooner the better. If the ICC want to spread the game they need to be proactive about it.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Why to wait for 2020? Take the status from Bangladesh now and give it to Ireland. They are much better than Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 0:04 GMT

    This is the Worst governed Sport in the World... 8 years to get Top Level cricket? Other sports will have spread to MORE global frontiers, and cricket will have expanded to ONE nation

  • POSTED BY on | January 25, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Hm..not just Ireland, but Afeghanistan seems to have true conditions to become a Test side in some years. I hope both get it and more countries too - although Cricket is very popular in Test Nations, we need to find new markets. And this only can be reached with more countries playing at top.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Ireland has consistently been as good as the likes of Bangladesh for a few years now, there's no reason why we should have to wait until 2020, I'd like it if Ireland were playing tests shortly after the next world cup but I doubt it'd happen.. Ireland cricket team has come about as far as it will get without test status.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Like Colm Mooney, I'm a CI fan. It's great to hear so much enthusiasm for our lads. I think SirViv1973 has the right direction, but I think ANY 4day game against the test teams would help. IMO Warm-ups for Eng visitors would be the obvious place to start - we need to build our fan base - no question. I think playing the longer format - even friendlies would help achieve that. We're all impatient of course - but I think Deutrom & Simmons are a great team themselves... we'll get there!

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | January 24, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    All the best to Ireland. As long as they dont export talent to England and tour and play with the A teams of test playing nations, I dont see why they shouldnt achive their goal.

  • POSTED BY sk12 on | January 24, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    And India can map the path out of tests. No tests by 2020 :(

  • POSTED BY sidsathya on | January 24, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    Ireland actually have a chance to go into test if they win the 4day intercontinantal cup

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    I think SirViv is pretty close to the mark. I think it really needs to be a case of near enough is good enough and throw them straight into it. This is very simply because nothing can prepare a country for test cricket but test cricket itself. They have a good core of talent and would be quite competitive against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe the West Indies and Kiwis straight off the mark.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    i hope ireland goes well cricket needs them in the game, when u get teams like bangladesh have test status well u have to wonder. im suprised there hasnt been a book written about how they got status they basically got it by winning a couple of world cup games and south asian block wanting another vote so they can hold power.go ireland

  • POSTED BY Harry_Kool on | January 24, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Take note Bangladesh. THIS is how to get yourself test ready. Zimbabwe also trod a similar path playing a lot of f/c games against visiting Australian state teams & even a young Aust A team led by a youthful Mark Taylor. The Bangers, despite obvious talent, just do not have the aptitude for 5 day tests with their current set up of f.c games.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    @foumat that is still ongoing about Marshall, and there is still a good chance of it happening, bare with Ireland. Thanks everyone for the kind comments...

  • POSTED BY tfjones1978 on | January 24, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    I think Bangladesh's poor (3 wins vs A teams, 7 washed-out draws, 50 innings losses, 40 other losses) in 100 tests has destroyed any other associates chance of playing test cricket, except by there players taking the Morgan route. To me the solution is simple: [1] "The Associates" test team. Any player from a country that doesnt have test status qualifies for this team (similar to WI team having several countries which they count as first class teams). [2] Test Status Qualifiers. Top 8 test teams (excluding "The Associates") should be given full test status. Other teams (currently Bang & Zimb) are given temp test status. Every two years ICup competition has a final, with the winner being given temp test status instead of Bang (first comp) & Zimb (second comp). Bang & Zimb would play ICup competition where if ICup winner won prev comp (ie: 2 years temp status left) then winner gets 4 more years & second gets two years temp status. [3] "The Associates" incharge of ICup, not ICC.

  • POSTED BY Nerk on | January 24, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    What is promising is that Ireland are planning ahead for test status. Hopefully, the game will spread inside Ireland itself, and the team will continue to be strong over the next eight years. This is of course rather different to the entrance of Bangladesh into test cricket, which just sort of happened. The only problem I see is how Ireland deal with the transition of its older players to more younger players, but with the quality of the youngsters coming through this should be little trouble. Hopefully the ICC will give Ireland a first class match against test opponents when they tour the UK. This will prepare them for test status.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | January 24, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    I wish Ireland all the best and it would be really great if they obtain full test status one day and be competitive against all the big nations. However the problem is that the goal is to get test status in 8 years by which time I think it may be too late. If you all recall 9 years ago Kenya reached the world cup semi final, yes mainly by default but they were still easily the best associate team and there was talk of them gaining test status if they continued to improve. Unfortunately they didn't and were woeful at the WC last year. Ire has had a great generation of cricketers but test status is totally dependent on them continuing to develop players and i'm not sure this will happen because there doesn't seem to be a huge appetite across the the country for the game at the moment despite recent success. I would give them limited test status now against Ban & Zim and see how they go perhaps this would create a bit more interest and stop their best players defecting to Eng.

  • POSTED BY WillPash on | January 24, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Agreed, now this should stop England's poaching Ireland's best players. As a England fan, this would be good. We need more senior international teams in the northern hemisphere. All the major national cricket boards have to support Cricket Ireland the same way they did when Bangladesh where preparing for Test cricket in the late '90s.

  • POSTED BY Nduru on | January 24, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    I fully support Ireland getting test status if they can set up a first class structure. I disagree with those of you who say that on the basis of a few good ODI games alone, test status should be given. Many of their players benefit from being able to play County Cricket, but they need their own First Class league to produce more players. I also think getting test status sooner would stem the flow of quality players to the English Team. It would be tragic if the current upcoming generation are all poached by England. Good Luck Ireland. I look forward to your future progress.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    An easier way would be to pay BCCI a couple of million dollars and ask them to send 'Team India' to play a 4 match test series sort of a thing in Ireland.....That should seal the deal ;)

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | January 24, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Since O'Brien's murderous WC innings against Eng, Ireland got my respect.

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | January 24, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    i think this would be a great step forward.As a move in the right direction please take Morgan back.Not sure why he plays for England anyway as surely there must be better players.Also don't believe England go poaching as surely irish players who have played for England has been because of lack of test opportunity. maybe ireland could play against the oturing teams in Uk each year as there are a lot of good young irish players about.have to admit though feel BCCI will say no unless India agree to always vote with them which lets face it is how Bangladesh got test status

  • POSTED BY seann99 on | January 24, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    Cricket Ireland has to support the local county cricket clubs to at least have their own cricket ground, In this way we can have more players from grass root level and fulfill our dreams.

  • POSTED BY Rakesh_Sharma on | January 24, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    Great planning.But in case opportunity arrives earlier grab it in both hands. There is huge diaspora of Irish origin in UK,Australia ,NZ and SA. Make use of it as well to get a stong team while strengthening the home base.Playing alongside players from these countries will give valuable exposure to other players. Play lot of matches against Test playing teams( First class). Ireland should also practice a lot in Australia and NZ considering next WC is there.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Hopefully England will stay off and not poach any more players from a nation trying to get its stuff together

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    why wait till 2020..Strip off Bangladesh from test status and give it to Ireland...they truly deserve it. I am sure they'll give many a top teams run for their money.

  • POSTED BY foumat on | January 24, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    What happened to registration of one or more of the Marshall brothers? I'm sure it was a hot topic in the run up to the world cup.

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | January 24, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    I think if Ireland started playing cricket 2012, they would be more competitve than Bangladesh and possibly Zimbabwe. So all they need to do is set up first class structure and the next year they should be ready for entry !

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | January 24, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I feel these ICC affiliate teams are rather misguided about their goals. Why does Ireland want Test status? Will we even have test cricket in 2020? I think Test status should be given to 8 top teams only. It's really terrible to sit through or follow a game of test cricket when the teams are nowhere near matched. India vs Bangladesh 10 times out of 10 will see India win. And India is being slaughtered now by Australia. But at least when they're playing the result cannot be taken for granted. With Bangladesh a loss for them against any of the top 9 is pretty much guaranteed.

    I think there should be 8 vs 8 with relegation system in the world test cricket to keep it alive. And I think all those matches should be given full test status. As long as two teams are evenly matched they can play test cricket. I think Ireland and Bangladesh are fairly evenly matched teams. That's shameful for Bangladesh but good on Ireland. Doesn't mean Ireland should play a 2 match series against Australia now.

  • POSTED BY Ashay_K on | January 24, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    I hope they progress to test cricket even sooner.. Test cricket seems a different game when passionate teams play it. Ireland lacks none of it.. WC performance raises a lot of hope. They should capitilize the WC success to popularise the game in Ireland. Kenya after spectacular 2003 WC lost its way.. Lets hope they dont follow suit. Way to go Ireland !

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | January 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    If the ECB are allowed to put an England shirt on the Irish players, Ireland will not be incredibly competitive. First and foremost, Cricket Ireland need to prevent this from occurring.

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | January 24, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    This is fantastic news! I sure hope they do get there, cos im a big fan of Irish Cricket! They might even get it sooner than we think. In my view, Ireland should have got Test Status last year, after their victory against England. After all, didn't Bangladesh get Test Status after beating Pakistan in the 99 World Cup? If it was good enough for Bangladesh, then it should have been good enough for Ireland. Anyways lets hope everything works out. I think the best thing for cricket is for the game to spread to Europe. Hopefully Scotland and Netherlands can come up through the ranks

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Go, Ireland! While the ICC Executive spat in their face, Ireland are steamrolling ahead. Their passion, energy, vision and hard work put many a Full Member to shame.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | January 24, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    this is the type of organziation and vision every associate side should be taking, I wish all the best to Ireland in thier quest for test status and truly hope you turn into a powerful ODI/T20 side in the meantime..it will be nice having a new kid on the block

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | January 24, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    I am sorry to say with the BCCI running the show Ireland have no chance of test match cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    they can take India's place....

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    they can do it this year only...just invite India for a test series and hand them a whitewash..simple!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    they can do it this year only...just invite India for a test series and hand them a whitewash..simple!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    they can take India's place....

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | January 24, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    I am sorry to say with the BCCI running the show Ireland have no chance of test match cricket.

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | January 24, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    this is the type of organziation and vision every associate side should be taking, I wish all the best to Ireland in thier quest for test status and truly hope you turn into a powerful ODI/T20 side in the meantime..it will be nice having a new kid on the block

  • POSTED BY on | January 24, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Go, Ireland! While the ICC Executive spat in their face, Ireland are steamrolling ahead. Their passion, energy, vision and hard work put many a Full Member to shame.

  • POSTED BY Lion_96 on | January 24, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    This is fantastic news! I sure hope they do get there, cos im a big fan of Irish Cricket! They might even get it sooner than we think. In my view, Ireland should have got Test Status last year, after their victory against England. After all, didn't Bangladesh get Test Status after beating Pakistan in the 99 World Cup? If it was good enough for Bangladesh, then it should have been good enough for Ireland. Anyways lets hope everything works out. I think the best thing for cricket is for the game to spread to Europe. Hopefully Scotland and Netherlands can come up through the ranks

  • POSTED BY D.S.A on | January 24, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    If the ECB are allowed to put an England shirt on the Irish players, Ireland will not be incredibly competitive. First and foremost, Cricket Ireland need to prevent this from occurring.

  • POSTED BY Ashay_K on | January 24, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    I hope they progress to test cricket even sooner.. Test cricket seems a different game when passionate teams play it. Ireland lacks none of it.. WC performance raises a lot of hope. They should capitilize the WC success to popularise the game in Ireland. Kenya after spectacular 2003 WC lost its way.. Lets hope they dont follow suit. Way to go Ireland !

  • POSTED BY r1m2 on | January 24, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    I feel these ICC affiliate teams are rather misguided about their goals. Why does Ireland want Test status? Will we even have test cricket in 2020? I think Test status should be given to 8 top teams only. It's really terrible to sit through or follow a game of test cricket when the teams are nowhere near matched. India vs Bangladesh 10 times out of 10 will see India win. And India is being slaughtered now by Australia. But at least when they're playing the result cannot be taken for granted. With Bangladesh a loss for them against any of the top 9 is pretty much guaranteed.

    I think there should be 8 vs 8 with relegation system in the world test cricket to keep it alive. And I think all those matches should be given full test status. As long as two teams are evenly matched they can play test cricket. I think Ireland and Bangladesh are fairly evenly matched teams. That's shameful for Bangladesh but good on Ireland. Doesn't mean Ireland should play a 2 match series against Australia now.

  • POSTED BY KarachiKid on | January 24, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    I think if Ireland started playing cricket 2012, they would be more competitve than Bangladesh and possibly Zimbabwe. So all they need to do is set up first class structure and the next year they should be ready for entry !