Well….. actually they got 2; one of $100K, and one of $515K. This should take care of somethings for the next year.
The details are here, but Bangladesh have essentially offerred Ireland a longish tour. 2 four day games, 2 three day games, and 3 ODIs. This is likely to be a 3-3.5 week long tour.
Also, it has been decided that the 20 20 championship will have a qualifier, instead of selecting the top 2 ODI teams from the associates.
I think this triangular has been scheduled for a while. As far as my memory goes, this was originally supposed to be Kenya, NZ and Sco in this tournament. There is a mistake in the news article stating that this will be the second ODI by Ireland against a test nation, I think they wanted to write that this is the second ODI by Ireland against THE test nation (the test nation in question being NZ).
I thought after this year’s 4 nation tournament with the WI, that that is the format ICC is likely to follow for next year as well. I would have thought that Netherlands would also have been part of this tournament. one has to remember 2 things though. Firstly, that Sco made an effort themselves to be pushed into this year’s tournament, and secondly, that there is also SA coming in the first half of English summer, and that ICC may be having them visit Ned.
Coming to this tournament, there should have been a final I think. It should have been a 4 match series, rather than a 3 match one.
Why doesnt the ICC try to get Bangladesh or Zimbabwe to tour these countries during the summer? There may be opposition in touring Zim, but I dont think there is opposition in hosting Zim. Even Australia said that they would have no objections in playing Zim outside of Zim. And its not like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have too hectic a schedule, esp Zim, who arent doing anything really 🙂
So now there are 4 Irish players in the county circuit…… not sure if Neill O Brien is still actively contracted, but this is a good omen for the Irish. Incidentally, there are also some young Irish guys playing in the age groups of some of the counties. I have heard that Kevin O Brien is not interested in playing county cricket. Well then how does he plan on making a living with Cricket?
It seems that the ICL is now hitting associates as well. But unlike Test countries, this one seems to be a good thing, and one of the few ways in which players from associate countries can make a good living without having to either stay amateurs all their life, or giving up cricket all together.
ICU needs to tread on this one carefully. They cannot do a knee jerk reaction and say that these players will not be selected for Ireland again. The conditions are different from the test countries, and the professionalization of players should be looked at from a positive perspective. Plus something like this may also ensure that the players do not have any pressure to try and qualify for England. They can remain happy playing for the ICL and Ireland.
After Netherlands beat Bermuda by an innings, I dont think anyone was expecting any improvements from Bermuda……
I think Bermuda v Namibia, and Bermuda v UAE will be the ones to watch. I am expecting that if the current state of affairs persists, Bermuda is likely to end up at the bottom end of the pile. Maybe vs UAE, Bermuda will come out on tops ….. but under the current circumstances, I think Namibia is the true deserver of the 6th top associate spot.
There has been a media silence observed by the Irish team after the Netherlands game, and they have given a letter to describe their position. They state that they have some issues with the board that needs to be resolved, including WC money.
I think vis a viz Ireland, we may be in for some crisis in the coming days. As if losing players to england, and some making themselves unavailable for financial reasons was not enough.
Somehow the ICU has to find the money. Beg, Steal….. do whatever, but find the money because the time is right now to do push the game forward. In fact, it may be getting a little late already.