Ireland news November 9, 2010

Joyce cleared to represent Ireland at World Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former England batsman Ed Joyce has been cleared to represent Ireland at the World Cup in February next year after being granted a special dispensation by the ICC. However, ex-New Zealand international Hamish Marshall's request to be allowed to play has been denied, meaning he won't be eligible to play for Ireland until April.

Both players last played international cricket for their respective former countries at the 2007 edition of the World Cup, and under normal ICC regulations would not have become eligible to play for Ireland in official ODIs until April next year. Looking to strengthen their squad, Ireland asked the ICC earlier this year to allow a slight shortening of the usual four-year qualification period to allow both to take part in the World Cup.

"Ed was granted permission for his four-year standout period to be slightly reduced so that he could compete in the World Cup," explained an ICC spokesperson. "This was done on the basis of exceptional circumstances and the unique facts of his specific case, which included his Irish background and his very strong ties to Irish cricket from childhood up to senior national representation."

"It's obviously tremendous news," said Joyce, who had already joined Ireland on a pre-World Cup training camp in India. "Playing for Ireland again is something I've given a lot of thought to over the last few years and to be given the opportunity to do so, a little earlier than expected and on the biggest stage, is absolutely fantastic.

"Having seen the talent and work ethic of the squad over the last week or so in India, I feel Ireland will, once again, make a huge impact at the World Cup and I look forward to hopefully offering a lot to the team in the tournament and the whole of 2011."

Joyce, 32, was one of Ireland's strongest batsmen at ICC Trophy level, scoring 758 runs in 14 matches between 2001 and 2005 at an average of 84.22. He had played in 50 games for Ireland - the last of which was in the ICC Trophy final against Scotland in July 2005 - before he switched allegiance to England and made his one-day international debut against his former team at Belfast in June 2006.

"It's a huge boost to have Ed available for the World Cup, adding to the selectors' headaches in an already strong squad - but that's a nice problem to have," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons. "Of course, it would have been fantastic to have both Ed and Hamish available, but it's not to be.

"I've seen first hand over the past 10 days here in Pune just what hard working and talented players both are. Their dediciation and professionalism is evident for all to see, and everyone has responded positively to their being with us. I feel very sorry for Hamish, but this squad will be at other big tournaments - of that I'm certain."

Marshall, 31, was born in Auckland and played the last of 66 ODIs against Ireland at the 2007 World Cup. He subsequently turned down a New Zealand contract so that he could continue his county career with Gloucestershire as a non-overseas player and also joined the ICL. But in April this year he made clear his intentions to qualify for Ireland as an Irish passport holder, and is also eyeing a coaching role in Irish cricket.

"Cricket Ireland is delighted to welcome back Ed to the fold again, and we are sure he will make a massive contribution to the squad," said chief executive Warren Deutrom. "We regret that Hamish has missed out on this occasion, but we have no doubt he will play a huge part in future World Cups and we are looking forward to him taking the field against England at the RSA Challenge ODI next August in Dublin.

"We would like to thank the ICC for its positive consideration of the case for Ed, and express our special appreciation to both the England and Wales Cricket Board and New Zealand Cricket for their great cooperation and generosity throughout this process in terms of facilitating Ireland to have its best possible squad at the sport's showcase event."

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  • Dummy4 on November 16, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    I'm glad to see Ed Joyce back in Irish colours, he will obviously provide a big boost to their batting at the World Cup. His experience will be invaluable for the future and I hope he stays with Irish cricket in a coaching role once finished, I'm sure he could teach the young players a lot about cricket. As for Marshall, it is a little disappointing he has missed out, but at the same time it is completely understandable that the ICC has denied his request to be made available for Ireland. Although he will provide valuable experience for Ireland in the near future as a player and particularly as a coach. With Ed Joyce being made available, Ireland suddenly look like a formidable opponent for any competition. They won't be push overs again in 2011, and I will not be surprised to see a few upsets in the World Cup.

  • Ricardo on November 15, 2010, 0:30 GMT

    sipower - I agree with everything you say. The ICC cannot expect the game to survive in its present state with only a hadful of top nations involved. Their continuous courting of the USA proves that they're worried......looking for a big nation with a large marketable population to buy into cricket. They should not ignore a smaller passionate nation on their doorstep dying to get in and be apart of the test arena, with a team that is far superior. I believe cricket scotland are launching a 3-day competition for 2011??? They aren't waiting on the ICC and using their own know how to do so. William Duetrom take note - don't wait on the ICC.....get things going yourself & the Test status will come.

  • S on November 14, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Sportsscientist you are right of course ... Ireland needs to have a base to work from. The (credit where due) fantastic high level coaching does not presume a lower level take-up. But its an unusual situation - Ireland WAS huge in cricket until 1930 - it was THE game - its not now ... and by rights should have no makeup but the excelllent leadership and coaching means it is possible to build the game from the top - all the Irish underage teams have been great for about 8 years now (and you can tell with the senior performances and the great kids). So what do we do now? Ireland have been good for 10 years excellent in the last 5 .... junior teams great - national game non existant ...its tricky ... BUT if the ICC handle it right Ireland could add to the global game .... we have the coaching and the players and a track record over a number of years which means we will continue to add Dockrells and Stirlings - I dont know what the answer is but it would be a waste if the ICC dont use it

  • Terry on November 13, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Cricket needs international & domestic overhall to improve the system. (1) Test cricket should be 12 team comp (inc Zimb, Ireland & Assoc XI) over 4 years with bottom team switching with ICup winner @ 2 years (exc Assoc XI). (2) Players from non-test countries play in "Assoc XI" test team. (3) Playing for Assoc country requires 4 years waiting to play for full member. (4) Domestic cricket should be played regionally instead of country based with tiers of 8 teams that move up/down each year. 6+ teams per full member, 1-3 teams per assoc member. (5) ICup 5 days. A Teams, Associate or unofficial full member tests over 3+ days classified as "Test A" (level between Test & First class). (6) ODI cricket league of 10 full & 6 assoc teams, top 8 teams qualify for ODI WC & next 4 play WCL Div 2 in 10 team eliminator qualifiers for 2 ODI WC spots (7) T20 WC of 32 teams (8 grps 4=>2 grps 4=>Semi=>Final, games delayed until rained matches finished), 100 team qualifiers exc host top 7 in last T20 WC

  • Ricardo on November 11, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    sipower - I feel it for Ireland. Not only from a moral stand point, but as a cricket fan. The game will only grow if the world embraces the game. More nations need to play test cricket for the game to grow. If Ireland want to be taken seriously somethinghas to be done domestically. Why isn't multi-day cricket being played in Ireland? There needs to be an Irish semi-pro multi-day tournament. Also, is there an economic capacity to sustain cricket? Could they host ODI matches in front of big crowds? Would a TV station sponsor/screen matches??? The ICC are not Ireland need to help themselves.

  • S on November 11, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    There is an easy solution ... give Ireland test status then if Rankin/Porterfield/Dockrell go then we know that they want to win and not just play tests and this conversation dies. In the meantime we think other countries (England so far) are just trying to use Ireland as a feeder club. Within the rules - fair enough. And as an Irish fan thats all I am asking .... give us the "how" to become a test nation and we will work to get there - once that happens we still may lose players (e.g Pieterson type situation) but understandable .. what is unacceptable is being used to train and expose players to international competition and then creaming off the top. It hurts not just Irish cricket but global cricket .... sort it out ....

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    @WASPUSA, he said there is no chance he will go back, well I believe he won't now...

  • Ricardo on November 11, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    bobagorof - your right about the regulations. Because scot, wales, eng, & N.ire are part of the UK. If you are born in ANY of those countries you share the same passport, so it's easier to get players born outside england, but inside the UK - as associates nations scot & ire are in tricky situation. County cricket can fast track & develop their most talented players. But also England can easily poach then because there is no separate residency laws/passport nationality. This makes ireland & scotland's situation unique. Ireland now have a pool of cricketers playing on the county circuit in england - so they need to keep them to progress to test status

  • james on November 10, 2010, 23:11 GMT

    @WACPUSA joyce stated that he would not return to play for england again if thy came calling in a recent interview....After a man of the match performance in a CB40 trophy match during the summer the interviewer asked did he think this form could get him bak in the england squad and he replied that he was not interested....Remember Joyce was born n bred in South Dublin and is a 100% irish, and for the majority irish people do not like english sporting teams...Morgan is a little diff cos he has an english mum....Joyce only decided to play for eng to play test cricket and ireland were nowhere near this point;however ireland have developed grtly since then

  • Reza on November 10, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    How on earth these team want to be succeeded. Someone failed to get a chance in another country and they go grab him. Where is the core group of players who can replace one one or two selfish individuals who leave their country for money. If you can not build that core group of players it will remain as a day dream to compete at elite level. Forget about crying for Morgan and co. Ed Joyce went to play for Eng leaving IRE, now he shouldnt be allowed to play for IRE for the sake of young Irish players who filled the vacancy with patriotism not greedy of Ed. And ICC's role in this case seems to be confusing. If you have a rule then why not stick with the rule and you are breaking your own rule for an individual which will create a very bad example for the cricket boards to dominate on ICC.

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