Ireland news April 9, 2011

Irish Government offers support

ESPNcricinfo staff

The Irish Government has offered its support to Cricket Ireland as they consider how to respond to the ICC vote to make the 2015 World Cup a 10-team tournament consisting of only the Test nations.

The decision, which was announced on April 4, and closed the door on anyone outside the main 10 nations competing at a World Cup until 2019, sparked fury among Irish cricket as players expressed their anger over Twitter while the chief executive, Warren Deutrom, called it a "dark day for the sport."

Cricket Ireland, in consultation with the other 94 Associate and Affiliate nations, are considering all their options to try and overturn the decision and the Irish Sport's Minister, Leo Varadkar, said the Government would offer their backing.

"I fully support the efforts of Cricket Ireland and the other non-Test countries to persuade the ICC Board to reverse their decision," he told a reception held to ironically mark Ireland's success at the recent World Cup. "And I want you to know that my offices are available to assist the Associate nations in their campaign to have this decision reversed, in any way that you see fit.

"Non-Test nations such as Ireland have played a major part in World Cups, not just by their talent and skill, but also by their commitment, passion and love of the game," he said. "It is difficult to see how the best interests of the game can be served by not allowing countries such as Ireland a chance to compete at the highest level. This 'closed shop' approach cannot be good for the game, and appears to fly in the face of the sacred values that cricket has espoused for so long - namely fair play, sportsmanship and camaraderie."

Cricket Ireland want to pursue all other options before opting for the legal route which could be costly and damaging. It is even unclear what legal challenges are open to them, but if they wanted to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport it is understood they have a three-week window from the date the decision was made. Such a short timeframe makes that an unlikely option.

On Sunday it is the board's AGM which was meant to be a celebration of what Ireland achieved at the World Cup, but will now become a further inquest into the ICC's recent decision and no doubt there will be more strong calls for action.

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  • Ankit on April 12, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    I am an Indian, and I am supporting Associate countries in this cause more than anything...

  • Ankit on April 12, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    We also support you Ireland.... in fact not only Ireland... we support all associate countries especially the ones like Ireland, Afghanistan, Scotland etc.. who are equally as good as Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and even WI....

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    @ samedwards,

    Kieswetter is South African but thankfully Steve Davies has taken his place but Prior & Strauss are English as they have lived most of their life in England!

  • Sam on April 11, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @darren,what about kieswetter,strauss,prior?

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    We should have each n every country participating in a qualifying tourney, be it India or Burkina Faso

  • Go on April 11, 2011, 12:45 GMT

    every board member who voted for this to happen should be sacked 1) if they are going to expand cricket other countries will have to have the experience of test standard and see what they are lacking 2) the standard is improving as you could see with even netherland compiling 292 runs against a real heavyweight england

    Is this decision reversable?

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    @kanerc, apart from Pieterson,Trott and Morgan everyone else is English!

  • Ronan on April 11, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    @ "Besides we already have an English side playing tests !"

    Is that some sort of joke? There is a team of international players playing for England. I do hope you aren't insinuating that the Irish team is made up of english cricketers? Because last time out we had 9 Irish born players, and two players who have made ireland their home for over 10 years.

  • Dummy4 on April 11, 2011, 9:33 GMT

  • Swikar on April 11, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    @Titch Maphosa it is only expected that you would not support Ireland because you are a Zimbabwean and you are really scared if Ireland would be given a chance your country would probably miss out on participation in the next World Cup.Patriotism is one thing but everyone should support justice irrespective of their nationality.If FIFA would give India a free pass to the Football World Cup just because it is the second most populated country in the world I would never like that as it would be undeserving for India.

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