Ireland plan for Test cricket

January 24, 2012

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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