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Opinion: So much for the final…….

Game over in 2 days…… Canada never even in the match and losing by an innings.

Lets not debate about that, there is nothing to talk about from the match……..

So Ireland have the world number 10 ranking, 1 higher than a test team that just got $12m. They are multi day cricket champs at the associate level, and who knows what their multi day standard is vis a viz Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Probably, the case is on for ICC to arrange for a 4 day first class game between these teams.

Additionally, and this is important, from the associates who were at the world cup, only 2 had their teams in the U19 WC in 2006; Ireland and Scotland. Scotland was woeful in that tournament, finishing last, but Ireland was able to manage a defeat against Eng by 4 runs, and also snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against NZ. They were no Nepal, but they were definitely competitive against some of the weaker test teams at U19 level.

I think this is the limit of what can be achieved in an associate level with amateur set ups. At least what the ICC can do is increase their funding to a higher level, test status may be far away, and the ICC may want to tread that path a little carefully, but higher funding, perhaps something in the $2-3m range per year, may be what they can start off with.

ICC has to realize that sometimes action has to be taken at the momment. Kenya’s momment passed in 2003, and the game has gone backward over there. Lets not make the same mistake again.

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  1. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    May 24, 2007 at 7:57 am

    Give Ireland Test Status – period.

    Why? Because they will develop into a competitive Test team and will not lose any more players to England.

  2. May 24, 2007 at 11:32 am

    They may still lose players to England…….. England will give them more money, more endorsement oppurtunity, bigger crowds, better fame, and more competitive calender………

  3. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    May 24, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Yes but if they are a Test team they get a bigger slice of the pie and actually play games as part of the FTP.

  4. Frank Farchione, Melbourne, Australia
    May 24, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    I’m sure Ed Joyce would rather play for Ireland if it was possible.

  5. May 25, 2007 at 9:46 am

    Give Ireland 3 years. They need to develop the domestic infrastructure first. If the ICC gave them a committment for three years with the full member countries offering solid, tangible support in the form of underage and A team tours, first class team tours and full team games. If there were to be full committment by the leaders of the game then Ireland could achieve Test status in 3 to 4 years.

  6. May 26, 2007 at 12:28 am

    btw….. what if, after all this, Ireland somehow fail to qualify for ODI status in 2009 ICC Trophy :):):)

    Actually, already we see that they may be breaking away from the associate pack due to the extra experience they got at the WC……… esp in home/ English conditions…..

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