Ireland plan for Test cricket

January 24, 2012
ireland

by Rorser

Ireland have announced that they plan to apply to the ICC for Test match status.

Cricket Ireland have today published a strategic plan which culminates in being awarded Test status from the year 2020. The plan also outlines proposals to establish a domestic first-class structure in Ireland.

In the past two 50 over world cups, Ireland have defeated heavyweights England and Pakistan. Ireland currently are ranked 11th in the world in one-day cricket and part of their plan is to get this ranking up to eighth.

Their coach Phil Simmons has just signed a two year contract extension, and Ireland are to hand out 23 central contracts this year.

Speaking of their grand ambitions chief executive of Irish cricket said: “This is not a dreamy aspiration but a real ambition founded on the playing talent being developed on this island, the growing passion and profile of the game here, a sustained and proven track record of achievement on and off the field, and a clear roadmap set out by us for how to get there.”

Ireland have long been a feeder to county cricket and in more recent time the likes of Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan have gone onto represent the full England side.

The Scoop 24/01/12

2 Comments to “Ireland plan for Test cricket”

  1. Ed
    January 24th, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    Good on them- starting to produce some real quality. Expect some rain over the 5 days though!

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  2. Mike
    January 24th, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    I think they would have to meet many requirements before we can think about this just yet…

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