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Opinion: Ed Joyce makes England ODI squad….

Irish player Ed joyce has made it to the England ODI squad against Sri Lanka. I dont know if its good news for Ireland, or a sad one, but it is definitely a good one for Ed Joyce, who chose to qualify for England and play from there instead of his native Ireland. Last year, Ed joyce was phenomenal in helping Ireland qualify for the World Cup and also getting an ODI status, but I think he then could not play in the final of the ICC trophy in which Ireland lost to Scotland.

The good thing is that Ed made a career choice, and it worked out. he chose to qualify for England, got in their A team, then has managed to get into the ODI squad, and given the superfit English team, will soon be playing ODI cricket for them as well.

This is exactly the reason why cricket standards vary so much between test and non test teams. Zimbabwe used to face this problem before with their players at times choosing to play county cricket instead of playing for Zimbabwe, hence making the national team weaker and below the radar. Joyce is good enough to play for England, so he would have been tremendous in giving Ireland the boost they needed to get recognized as a competitive team. But because Joyce was extremely talented, he had to give up Ireland. If this had been football, Joyce would have kept on playing for Ireland and would have only played in the premier league in England and made tonnes of money. But this is cricket, and extremely talented associate players have nowhere to go but to give up their home country and qualify for another one, hence keeping their home country at a lower standard.

In any case, Ed Joyce in the limelight all the time will probably inspire a lot of Irish youngsters to pick up the bat and play cricket. He may also be able to get some other Irish youngsters into the English county circuit. He will probably also shut up the critics of 'giving ODI status to associate countries'. As Dougie Brown said, all of these things were needed by the associates because there was no opputunity for the players to play ODI cricket otherwise and be counted. ICC has given 6 countries this oppurtunity now, and one hopes that they will be able to develop the game in their country to the extent that their highly talented players dont necessarily have to give up the home country to play and be counted in the game they love.

  1. Cuen Lucas
    June 9, 2006 at 9:55 am

    It’s disappointing to see him making his ODI debut for England, because I think at the rate they are going, the Irish team are going to go places and he would have had a large role to play in Irish cricket the future.

  2. Ram
    June 9, 2006 at 10:28 am

    yes, though I’ve heard about Ed Joyce being Ireland’s best, never had a clue that he was even good enough to represent England! His presence in the Irish team would’ve really boosted Irish cricketing standards but that’s unfortunately not to be…Hopefully Ireland can produce more such Joyces and more importantly, NOT lose them to England. England can do without any Irish cricketers.

  3. Cuen Lucas
    June 14, 2006 at 1:27 pm

    The pressure’s on Joyce now, he has to keep his place when England is back up to full strength, or else he faces the possibility of ending up like Gavin Hamilton and being stuck in the wilderness for four years.

  4. June 14, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    At full Strength, England would be

    Simon Jones

    I dont see how Joyce can break into this line up. But given England’s fitness level, I think Joyce has a very bright future ahead of him :):)

    Hamilton was a bad story, but if you think about it, he did not miss out on anything, given that its not like Scotland have been playing ODI cricket or anything of that sort while he was in the 4 year wilderness. Plus Hamilton was never a county superstar, that Joyce is. So I doubt that Joyce would go the Hamilton way.

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