Ireland v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Belfast May 29, 2011

Another Full-Member scalp will help - Johnston

ESPNcricinfo staff

Trent Johnston, the Ireland allrounder, has stressed on the importance of beating Pakistan in the second ODI in Belfast, saying that another Full-Member scalp will strengthen Ireland's case to be considered for the 2015 World Cup. Ireland are 0-1 down in the two-match series after losing the first game, in which they were dismissed for 96, by seven wickets.

"It's important we put in a performance because Ireland and the next World Cup are in the limelight," Johnston told the BBC. "The issue is on the tips of people's tongues that the Associates and Ireland should be allowed a qualification process [for the 2015 World Cup]. Because of that we really need to keep the fire burning and produce a performance against Pakistan.

"We know it is not the be all and end all, because we have been consistent in our performances for a while now and think we deserve a chance. But at the same time we can help our cause if we beat Pakistan tomorrow and get another Full-Member scalp."

The ICC will re-evaluate its decision to limit participation in the 2015 World Cup to the Full Members at its annual conference in June, after there was widespread criticism over their move to axe the Associates from one-day cricket's showpiece event. Ireland were the best Associate team in the 2011 World Cup, beating England and Netherlands, and running West Indies and Bangladesh close.

Ireland's cause, and that of the Associates, received a boost at a recent meeting of the ICC's Cricket Committee, which unanimously supported a qualification system for the 2015 World Cup. Johnston was the Associates representative at the meeting at Lord's and was encouraged by what he heard.

"It was pretty resounding among the people at the meeting that they were happy with a 10-team World Cup, but they were uncomfortable with it being a closed-shop," he said. "The consensus was that it is unfair and that there should be some sort of qualification process.

"You look at the last World Cup and while there were some lop-sided results with the minnows, ourselves and Holland had some pretty good performances, while a young emerging team like Afghanistan should be given a chance as well. It was pretty unanimous and we even had the CEO of New Zealand [Justin Vaughan], which is a Full-Member nation, back us as well so that is reassuring."

The final decision, however, will be down to the same people who took the initial decision to shut out Ireland and the other Associates from the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. "The committee that will discuss it next month is the one that made the decision for a ten-team, closed-shop World Cup," Johnston said. "Obviously the talk around the cricket world has been they got the decision wrong initially, so hopefully they look at what's been said and decide differently this time.

"There is a lot of backing for us, people have come out and said it is unfair. The only thing we can do now perhaps is help our cause with a better performance against Pakistan on Monday."

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  • just_chill_chill on May 31, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Now that you have managed to beat the MIGHTY Ireland, you should start claiming that Pakistan is the no 1 team, and that it is India conspiracy that Pak is always at the bottom of all rankings :-)

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    Irish guys are a committed lot given a chance they will come tops... They deserve the support and backingto succeed. Ireland has produced fantastic cricket off late , would be such a shame not to see them

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    That was outstanding cricket form Irish side . I think they have proven enough .Getting pass 200+ runs against Pakistan ,of course needs proficiency .Irish should be given the full membership for the sake of globalization of cricket and morality . I think they are far better then Zimbabwe and West Indies . Hoping them best of luck for the upcoming days .

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2011, 17:14 GMT

    Wow ..Can that be possible.........SL lost.

  • Notredam on May 30, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Come on irish..prove ur wheel and roll on..march ahead..

  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    well 2 be honest i like ireland since they beat england in wc ( dont think wrong i mean world cup) and pakistan have nothing to loose they can give them chance that would be great

  • dummy4fb on May 29, 2011, 23:10 GMT

    cric fanatic.. Srilanka Hammered the same team by 10 wickets in the world cup and finished the runner up.. Ireland would definitely take that along the road... Srilanka has appeared in 3 finals of the worldcup since 1996... Ireland would love to do that in just 30 years of their circket.

  • cric_fanatics on May 29, 2011, 21:10 GMT

    @Dharaka....sri lanka are getting hammered by trott right now....dont want ireland to be that pathetic....

  • itteli on May 29, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    come on Pakistan. you did it with Bangladesh in 1999 World cup, when you lost and they became a test side in international cricket. so it wont be a big surprise if you lose tomorrow

  • dummy4fb on May 29, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Come on Ireland!! Wish you all the best!

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