Ireland news April 9, 2011

Irish Government offers support

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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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  • deewana2009 on April 12, 2011, 9:27 GMT

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

  • deewana2009 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....

  • 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!

  • samedwards on April 11, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @darren,what about kieswetter,strauss,prior?

  • 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

  • 1qaz2wsx3edc4rfv5tgb6yhn7ujm 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?

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:22 GMT

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

  • kanerc 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.

  • on April 11, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478

  • swikar22 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.

  • deewana2009 on April 12, 2011, 9:27 GMT

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

  • deewana2009 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....

  • 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!

  • samedwards on April 11, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @darren,what about kieswetter,strauss,prior?

  • 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

  • 1qaz2wsx3edc4rfv5tgb6yhn7ujm 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?

  • on April 11, 2011, 12:22 GMT

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

  • kanerc 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.

  • on April 11, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cricket-Petition-against-icc-for-10-team-world-cup/204903979527478

  • swikar22 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.

  • Notredam on April 11, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Have 12 teams in 2015 world cup, with 2 pools of 6 each. Best two from each pool to reach semis and then the final.

    Result less matches, more competitiveness and can be done over in 30-35 days.

    Listen or die slow death, choice is yours.

    The shame games for 2015 have already begun.

    Let's have one thing clear cricket has lost one die-hard supporter and more will follow. Hope everyone boycott these games.

  • Notredam on April 11, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    What a shame for all those bright young cricketers who were looking to perform at the highest level at the pinnacle of sport.

    Is it a joke that in the world cup of cricket there is only 1 team from Europe, 1 team from America the poor hapless West Indies. If ever in the future we will be able to refer that as a world cup is a big joke. How can you expect them to cap the imagination in these 2 most powerful continents with such attitude?

    What sort of is the compensation by providing them chance for 16 teams in 20-20 cup.

    Even Bangladesh who are hopeless after so many years why did they get Test status in first place.

    A true ruler is one who doesn't look at Short time profits which you guys are looking at India. Even in due time India will be bored of cricket just like English, Aussies, Kiwis have been. So its time to look beyond that and market and explore the market beyond boundaries. Even rugby world cup has one-sided matches with Japan, Italy, and

  • Notredam on April 11, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Ireland in spite of all the obstacles fought till the end and was the best fielding unit and most spirited in the competition. Even gave eventual champions a good run for the money. They have produced players like Dockrell, Mooney, Johnston, Morgan, O Brien who can proudly walk into any side leave aside Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Also Holland had Peter Seelar the best spinner and Ryan Doeschate the best all rounder and numbers don't lie. Canada had baghai, davison. But now it's complete waste of generation of talent and after all we won't be able to see such people as cricket as a sport will die slow death in these countries. Without any funding even their governments without world cup to look for will derecognize their efforts and no funds will be provided by them.

  • Notredam on April 11, 2011, 6:37 GMT

    Hi ICC,

    Absolute disgrace to exclude Ireland from world cup. Hope it spells doom for the game of already dying sport. Look up and open up your eyes wise guys the game is popular only in Indian subcontinent. Rest everywhere it has bled to slow death. Examples West Indies, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Scotland, Canada, USA. Remember that oldest game was played between USA and Canada in 18 th century. Even AC Milan the famous football club is having cricket also in its name. The first Olympic had France and Great Britain playing. But no one cares. As long as you can fill your own pocket why it's development that should concern you. Ireland has played 60 Odi up till now and have won 30 and lost 30. Bangladesh have played 180 around and losing 80% of those. Same is the case with Zimbabwe. Kenya was the team that was really good in 2000 around and reached semis in 2003 but no tours after that were arranged for them and look what is the result of that in 2011. They were

  • on April 10, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    Its quite unfair on part of ICC to block new teams in CWC. CWC with 10 teams or even 5 teams are acceptable - but their should be some qulifying round and entry should be on basis of that. None should be stopped.

    Its also not usual to see that number of paticipating countries is decreasing in one sport. its not god for that sport

  • OttawaRocks on April 10, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    I agree with Shark810. The top 8 teams get automatic qualification whoever they are according to the ranking system. The next 8 teams have to qualify. This way Zim, Bang, Ire, Canada, Neth, Kenya, Afghan and Scot will all get a chance to qualify. There is no guarantee that Zimbabwe and Bangladesh will go through but if they do it will add legitimacy to their cause and if they don't all the more power to the new qualifiers.

  • on April 10, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Its a SHAME that the associates have to do this. A HUGE SHAME on cricket and on ICC.

  • on April 10, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    Its all very commendable that THE IRISH GVT has offered its assistance, all rather duplicitous i must say. Politics and politicians have no place in sport , not least cricket, just ask john howard from australia.There are ways of doing things and sadly the Irish in their ire have erred and are heading down the wrong road in they and the other ass. think they can armtwist the icc into decisions left best to the icc board. The economics let alone demographics are sadly stacked against this . The indians are riding high on wc success, aus sa windies eng internally witch hunting after disappointing wc for them to entertain the attentions of an uppstart like Ireland, bang and Zimbabwe have their interests to protect as well mind you - for the good of the game. As I see it the continental cup is a very well run and competitive competition Ireland can use to showcase their talents. 2019 isn't too far off ! Besides we already have an English side playing tests !

  • Anil_Koshy on April 10, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    A poor governing body like ICC will never allow cricket to become a global sport, its a shame that even after 150 Years of Test Cricket we don't have 10 equally good teams playing test or one internationals. ICC should focus on countries like Ireland,Holland, Scotland, Namiibia, Afganistan, Kenya and Nepal, else cricket will die in these countries.

  • WhatMustTheICCThink on April 10, 2011, 11:38 GMT

    I hope the Associates sue the ICC or leave it - it has been turned into a private members' club whose sole purpose is to maximise monies for a select few. Sad, because there are many in the ICC who support cricket's development around the world, but they let greed take over.

  • kifat on April 10, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    some people really want to make cricket as popular as soccer but if ICC takes this foolish decision than that will never happen

  • on April 10, 2011, 10:54 GMT

    Why Ireland can't be given Test palying nation status ?

  • Anneeq on April 10, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    It really was a pathetic decision by the ICC, really really pathetic. Cricket was finding new frontiers and now theyv killed its growth for a good 8 years now. I think every cricket fan in the planet supports ireland, and so they should!!

  • on April 10, 2011, 9:20 GMT

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  • cricket2011 on April 10, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    95 Nations aruge together for them a qualification round. At least 14 countries play ODI World cup and 20 countries play Twenty20 World cup. And Improve the standard and sperad over all the world. Then only Cricket become a GLOBAL sport other Wise it call as Indian Sub Contiennt Cup

  • on April 10, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    10 team World Cup is good but I think a Qualifying Round Between number 7,8,9,10 teams in ranking with Ireland and Holland to decide the last 4 teams for WC 2015.

  • awsayad on April 10, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    What is the aim of the ICC? To develop the cricket around the World or to damage

    If the aim of the ICC is to develop cricket in all cricket World, then the ICC Board has to reverse their decision, manage a qualifier round be tween 8 associate teams and at less gave a chance to two associate Countries. I am sure again the Ireland and Afghanistan will be the winners of the qualifier.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 10, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    No Quarter finals when there are only7 real strong teams. Have two groups of 6 each. two qualifying associates so that it can be called as "WORLD" cup . Round robin matches in each group. Top two go to semifinal.All matches becomes important. Play minimum two matches per day. WC done in 3 to 4 weeks. No dragging on. WC 2011 was the most boring. Pawar feel it was interesting only because India won. Ireland seserves chance. If qualifying held in Scotland involving Zimbabwe and Bangladesh Ireland is sure to qualify as they will be familiar with conditions. Bangladesh is likely to loose out. So compromise make 12 teams.

  • nzcricket174 on April 10, 2011, 6:14 GMT

    Host nation should get automatic qualification, while the next 5 teams in the ICC rankings gain qualification. A separate tournament should be held to determine the remaining four teams. Whatever the format, the four semi-finalists from the tournament should be the ones who proceed to the world cup. Even if Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, West Indies and New Zealand all fall under that bracket they should be made to compete for their spot. (I'm a Kiwi it was hard for me to say that)

  • on April 10, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    @aaamsaasza ....U SAID IT.... If I may suggest something which will keep the interest of all the associate members alive and at the same time the number of teams appearing in a world cup will remain at the approved ICC level.... 1. ICC wants to limit the number of teams for next world cup, fine.... but it should be for 10 teams and should not be limited to 10 test playing teams. 2. ICC should identify one country as host even if it is played in more than one country. The country which hosts the final should be considered as host nation. 3. Six teams should have automatic qualification for the main round. 4. The host nation should be one of the six teams. 5. The remaining five slots should be awarded to top five ICC ranking teams. 6. The remaining four teams should be selected from a pre-qualification tournament which will feature the low ranking full ICC members as well as the associate members. This will be also a test for low rank ICC members to justify their test-playing status.

  • ssenthil on April 10, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    All true Cricket Lovers will offer their Support to Ireland. ICC just saving Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, perhaps ECB is another reason not allowing Ireland since they can Suck the Talent from Ireland like E Morgan

  • Agapornis on April 10, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    I think all that needs to be changed is the format instead of hurting so many cricket fans across the globe. The problem with the 2007 format was that it did not allow a major power to recover after a one off upset and made for a boring super 8. The problem with the 2011 format is that quarterfinals are unsuited for a game which has only 7 great teams. I feel it is best to have 3 groups of 5 teams each in the league stage wherein there will be 10 matches played within each group. The top two teams from each group can qualify for a super 6 without carry over of points. Here each team would play the 4 teams from the other two groups. This stage would have 12 matches. After this would be the knockout which could either be a semi-finals / qualifier eliminator matches. In fact a team winning all 4 of its super six matches could be allowed to go directly into the final. This would make for an exciting tournament of 45/46 matches squeezed into 5 weeks. Does the ICC not get simple arithmetic?

  • on April 10, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    I still don't see why the New Zealand and Australian cricket boards aren't saying anything about this situation. Cmon guys! This is not the spirit of cricket! Its not even the spirit of sport!!!

  • aaamsaasza on April 10, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    If I may suggest something which will keep the interest of all the associate members alive and at the same time the number of teams appearing in a world cup will remain at the approved ICC level....

    1. ICC wants to limit the number of teams for next world cup, fine.... but it should be for 10 teams and should not be limited to 10 test playing teams.

    2. ICC should identify one country as host even if it is played in more than one country. The country which hosts the final should be considered as host nation.

    3. Six teams should have automatic qualification for the main round.

    4. The host nation should be one of the six teams.

    5. The remaining five slots should be awarded to top five ICC ranking teams.

    6. The remaining four teams should be selected from a pre-qualification tournament which will feature the low ranking full ICC members as well as the associate members.

    This will be also a test for low rank ICC members to justify their test-playing status.

  • Params7 on April 10, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Surely Irish Government + 95 Associate boards can influence ICC to help this game grow instead of contract

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 10, 2011, 3:16 GMT

    By the way this must be the main news on the website and not scores of irrelevant IPL.

  • Reggaecricket on April 10, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    As someone else suggested, have a tournament among the associates and ensure that at least the finalists are allowed to compete in the World Cup. Without that youngsters will not feel as motivated as before to improve their game. In a World where more youngsters eve from major cricket playing nations are taking to basketball and football ttan Cricket, the ICC's decision is simply mind boggling.

  • on April 10, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    When teams like Bangladesh, Zimababwe are part of World cup, why Not Ireland? to me they are much better side than Bangladesh and if they get the same no of Oppurtunities, they will become a good side... Atleast they have fighting spirit and try to win the match..Bagladesh was horrible against Australia and was just trying to play 50 Overs and not winning the match...Then y to play the game, just give a walk over and their captain cooly says 270 is unchaseable- common everyone knows that Bangladesh can't do it against Aus, but atleast y not try??

  • azaro on April 10, 2011, 1:14 GMT

    As the main web provider of cricket news and so well supported around the world, could not cricinfo organise an online petition from the crickeitng public in support of Associate teams not benig shut out? I am sure the number of signatures from true cricket fans will be overwhelming.

  • SHARK810 on April 10, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    I would prefer a 10 team world cup so that we can have a complete round robin where each team has the opportunity to play eachother and then the top 4 can go into the semis. My solution to this problem would be to have to top 8 teams on rankings 2 years before the event get an automatic pass, and the next 8 teams on rankings can have a play off league where the top 2 go through. This would most likely have Bangladesh and Zimbabwe fighting for their position against the likes of Ireland and which ever way it ends up going is fine by me.

  • maddy20 on April 10, 2011, 0:33 GMT

    Absolutely agree with this guy. I would like to get a statement from all the test playing nations as to why they have voted for a 10-country tournament? The Irish pulled of a thrilling win against England and have chased down scores over 300 on two occassion and the shambolic ICC has done it again!

  • calvin_n on April 9, 2011, 23:24 GMT

    Ireland is definitely better than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe...Come on Ireland

  • alexczarn on April 9, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Go for a 12 nation one I agree ICC!! Ireland deserves a place!!

  • chronike on April 9, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    their cricketing calendar should be more extensive and should compete with more of the top teams regularly. the ICC should not discriminate or else it should change its name from International cricket council to biased cricket council

  • Rakesh_Sharma on April 9, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    If ICC wants guarantee of Full members to play minimum number of matches than remove the concept of Quarter final in any cricket WC.

    Quarter final takes out unpredictability of cricket. QF is ok for 25 strong team wc like FIFa WC.

    Just having Semifinals with top two from each of two groups will make each and every leaugue match important.

    Having to play all teams in round robin as in 1992 is infact the worst type of format. Remember 1992 Pakistan was out for 70% of the tournament still with 3 wins won the wc.This itself shows inherent drawbacks. ANY WC like Fooball etc never has round robin for all teams.

    Have two groups. If ICC is interested in Full members keep all and add 2 spots one in each group after qualification for associates. If ICC wants to stick with 10 team let last 2 rated Full members get involved in qualifying with 6 other leading Associates. Qualyfying was supposed to be in Scotland in 2013. I am sure Ireland will qualify .

  • karish2004 on April 9, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    I guess its all becuase they defeated england,

    Very discouraging decission by ICC, how else are they going to promote the game? I do agree such teams actually change the balance of the game/tournament, but that's fun and trick. We want big upsets and those are more thrilling than seeing the same 8/10 teams playing WC for years and years...

    They should include more teams in WC and change the format. 2011 WC Format was on of the worst.

  • turabjohnson on April 9, 2011, 20:17 GMT

    and icc is supposedly trying to grow the game all over the world. by kicking teams out. if their point is that they want associates teams to play outside of world cup, than they should make it mandatory for regular members to play a odi series with them every year. it could even be a 3 match series with 2 t20s. cricket will die out, if there are only couple of teams playing.

  • Rakim on April 9, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Me and a Pak cricket fan, entirely support Ireland, THEY DESERVE TO PLAY.

    We are with you Ireland !!!

  • MRNASIR on April 9, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    ME TOO WITH U IRELANDDDDDDDDDDDD

  • on April 9, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    ICC is looking to turn the glorious game of uncertainties into a predictable cash-flow machine and cricket fans into dependable eyeballs for advertisers. Ireland's talent and potential scares them. Ireland should not only be made a part of the world cup, but should be given the status of a test playing nation by 2015.

  • Sidhartha_Cricket on April 9, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    There are 2 options

    1. If you want to keep 10 teams. Have top 6 ODI by 6 months prior to world cup automatically qualify and have a mini world cup with other nations to select other 4.

    2. Or keep the 10 test teams and get the 2 teams by qualifier and hope that teams like Ireland and Netherland will qualify.

    I think option 1 is better than current option. Option 2 is more or less like the current worldcup.

  • jashan83 on April 9, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    We are with you Ireland. Go ahead and challenge the ICC decision. You certainly are a better team than BD and Zim. You should be given a chance to prove yourself and not that test nations have an eternal right. If the test nations are so good then they would directly qualify but why are they so scared. ICC stop this 10 nations and go for a 12 nation as that would be in best interests of all

  • Stark62 on April 9, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    If, they want back in 50 over WC then, it would mean 16 teams from the T20 WC would be scrapped to just 14 or 12 teams!

    Associate fans aren't ready for 50 over cricket and never mind the 5 day cricket. Ease the associate teams and the fans to grow into the game and then, with more interest in the game which, would mean more kids will start playing and that would mean more talent will be exposed and then, let them into 50 over cricket.

    I think that's what the icc have in mind but people haven't thought this thorough thoroughly and yes, I agree maybe we can have a qualifier except with the top 6 teams with automatic qualification.

  • on April 9, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    icc's decision is really a bad joke.ireland and even netherland are nothing less than bangladesh and zimbabwe if not better .all the associate teams should join togather and fight against icc....

  • on April 9, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    To war with the ICC we go then.

  • on April 9, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Associates hv a right to compete and its absolutely wrong for icc to cut them out... if they cant develop the game then icc should be disbanded

  • inswing on April 9, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Playing a few matches every 4 years is not as critical as they think. You need a regular schedule against good quality opposition, so they can groom top level players. Something like a program involving the A teams of Test nations visiting the associates regularly will be much more helpful than causing one upset win every 4 years.

  • on April 9, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    we are with you ireland. go ahead. thousand of real cricket fans are behind you to support you against this ICC decision.

  • CaptainTrent on April 9, 2011, 16:05 GMT

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  • Masha-w on April 9, 2011, 16:04 GMT

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  • Sinhaya on April 9, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Great decision! But wonder if much will still happen! Good try and hope India supports the minnows using their clout!

  • anishkm on April 9, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Dear Irish...we are with you..the true lovers of game..

  • on April 9, 2011, 14:44 GMT

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  • anishkm on April 9, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Dear Irish...we are with you..the true lovers of game..

  • Sinhaya on April 9, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    Great decision! But wonder if much will still happen! Good try and hope India supports the minnows using their clout!

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  • Masha-w on April 9, 2011, 16:04 GMT

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  • on April 9, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    we are with you ireland. go ahead. thousand of real cricket fans are behind you to support you against this ICC decision.

  • inswing on April 9, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Playing a few matches every 4 years is not as critical as they think. You need a regular schedule against good quality opposition, so they can groom top level players. Something like a program involving the A teams of Test nations visiting the associates regularly will be much more helpful than causing one upset win every 4 years.