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Hamish Marshall sets sights on Ireland

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April 2, 2010

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Hamish Marshall hit 11 boundaries in his 76, Surrey v Gloucestershire, County Championship Division Two, The Oval, April 15, 2009
Hamish Marshall could play for his second country next year © Getty Images
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Hamish Marshall, the former New Zealand batsman, is aiming to resume his international career with Ireland when he qualifies in April 2011 through holding an Irish passport.

Marshall, 31, played the last of 66 ODIs against Ireland at the 2007 World Cup and subsequently turned down a New Zealand contract so that he could continue his county career with Gloucestershire as a non-overseas and also joined the ICL. As well as adding to his international caps, Marshall is also eyeing a coaching role in Irish cricket, which is currently laying out a bid to be a Full Member of ICC.

"I certainly love playing county cricket with Gloucestershire, and plan to do so for some time yet," he said. "However I miss international cricket, and being an Irish passport holder, there's hopefully an opportunity to combine both with Ireland. There's the added attraction of getting involved on the coaching side of things which is important as I look to my future."

Marshall's switch to Ireland would need ICC approval and wouldn't come in time for next year's World Cup, but coach Phil Simmons believes it could benefit the game at many levels.

"It would be a great boost for Irish cricket to have a player of the calibre of Hamish Marshall available," Simmons said. "We would intend to make use of his talent not just on the field, but within all our coaching structures. It's our plan to have Hamish involved with our youth, women's and elite squads, and that can only be good for Irish cricket."

Ireland are currently exploring ways of strengthening their squad which has lost the services of Eoin Morgan to England, following the path of Ed Joyce. However, Joyce recently revealed he was considering resuming his Ireland career having been overlooked by England since the 2007 World Cup.

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Posted by Tomek on (April 9, 2010, 19:29 GMT)

To all those suggesting this is purely mercenary, please put your complaints in writing to the ICC. You may want to mention, while you complain about Pietersen et al, that Eoin Morgan and Ed Joyce should return home immediately as well. For while Hamish Marshall may be as Irish as Pietersen is English, these guys are now playing elite level cricket and need to compete or die. And when the two best cricketers Ireland have are stuck playing for England, and probably the next best is a 35yr old Australian I want to know, what else can they do but take every possible bonus? Personally I hope his brother shows up next year as well. And while we're at it do any of the incredible Victorian team have dual passports, constantly ignored as they are by the Australian selectors. The real tragedy here will be if Ed Joyce can't get his qualification recognised. The ICC would be cynics not to support that.

Posted by dudeoverthere on (April 6, 2010, 5:08 GMT)

I always thought the 4 year period only represented qualifying for a country you don't have a passport for. Really, if you can switch from an associate to a full member in no time, you should be able to go the other way in no time, but just have the 4 year restriction in place between switches. i.e. Marshall can play whenever but if he wanted to return to NZ, he'd have to wait 4 years after representing Ireland. Similarly, Joyce would have to wait till June this year which represents 4 years after debuting for England.

But on this issue specifically, it can't hurt Ireland, Marshall is a brilliant fieldsman and solid bat, and if anything, he could help raise the standard of fielding in Irish cricket to awesome as well as add experience to the line up.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2010, 23:50 GMT)

Fail to see how this will help Irish cricket. One thing all associations should guard against is playing mercenaries in their ranks. They should really develop their own players

Posted by Philly.rocks on (April 3, 2010, 21:32 GMT)

Looks like some of the guys (irish camp) are delighted to have Hamish in their team, on the other hand some of the guys are little bit surprised to see this happen. My feelings is Hamish Marshal went too far. I guess he might need some psychological counseling. He looks like out of sort in his mind. Otherwise how can anyone demote himself from elite level cricket to second division. I wonder with Irish, so they want to promote themselves in the elite level of cricket by bringing some rented player on their squad from Aus, NZL, SA and Eng those do not get a chance in their team or have some other problem. Wow... good decsion irish... Good luck.

Posted by AnyoneButVettel on (April 3, 2010, 9:15 GMT)

Eoin Morgan is my favorite player; I'm neither Irish, English or Bangalorean. The kid is just brilliant.

Now, when Ireland has the services of Hamish Marshall and if Ed Joyce and Morgan return that would be great for Ireland.

I would see less of Morgan though because Ireland doesn't play that many matches that are on telly.

Posted by Gagg on (April 3, 2010, 8:26 GMT)

This is becoming a dead set joke, hard luck Marshall, you either play internationals for New Zealand or no one. Time to say enough is enough to the Pietersons of the world.

Posted by   on (April 3, 2010, 3:42 GMT)

Marshall for a while had a good average in ODI's of 38..... eventually ended up around 28..... So, not a big loss there.... but he had some pretty good performances in tests so I'm interested to know why he wasn't given more of a shot there. I have to agree with Nathan Turely... We need to concentrate on our young up and comers, not guys who have had a shot and no made the most of it... The bowling is what is going to cost us.

Posted by osee_bhai on (April 3, 2010, 0:25 GMT)

ireland with morgan and joyce would such a better side and capable of being so much more consistent. A bit of experience from marshall would certainly help as well.

Posted by Flanagan_76 on (April 2, 2010, 22:58 GMT)

As an Irish / NZ dual citizen myself I'm delighted to see Marshall declare his intention to play for Eire. To those wondering why Marshall doesn't make himself available for NZ, the reason is that would make him a foreign player for the County Championship and put his livelihood at risk. That's why he's exploring the Ireland option, he could play for Ireland and still qualify as a "domestic" played for the CC. If he were available for NZ then certainly he would be in the mix for that number 3 spot.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2010, 22:48 GMT)

this sort of move can only be good for ireland cricket, a top quality batsman is what we need seeing as england keep pinching the best we produce.he will be 32 by the time he can play but that gives him a good few solid seasons to pass on knowledge to the likes of Paul Stirling

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