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    Pakistan confirmed as Ireland's first Test opponents

    IRELAND’s first Test match will be on home soil against Pakistan in May, following an agreement between the two sides reached during the International Cricket Council meeting in Auckland this week.

    Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June when they became the 11th and 12th Full Members of the ICC and Cricket Ireland has since been looking for the right opponents for an historic first match.

    “We are excited to welcome Pakistan to Ireland for our inaugural Test match next year,” CEO Warren Deutrom said. “It has been our wish to make our Test debut in front of our own fans within 12 months of becoming a Test nation, and against a big team - so I’m delighted.”

    Pakistan certainly fit the bill as a team who were top of the Test match rankings as recently as last year before slipping back after the retirement of captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan.

    "There is a lot of work to do from now to ensure that it will be an occasion to remember but we, and I’m sure our players and fans, can’t wait to rise to it,” Deutrom added.

    "We would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board most sincerely for agreeing to be our first opponent in Test cricket – the Pakistan team has been a regular visitor to our shores in recent years, and their agreement to be our opponent on this important occasion for Irish cricket is further evidence of their terrific support.”

    Irish captain William Porterfield welcomed confirmation of the match saying: "It's fantastic news for Irish cricket. It's going to be a bit special and it's always great to be a part of history.

    "There's a special affinity between ourselves and Pakistan going back to the 2007 World Cup and they've been regular tourists here over the past decade.

    "Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and I know how much this game will mean to not only the players but all involved with Irish cricket. It'll be another step on what has been an incredible journey for our sport in a relatively short passage of time.

    "It's sure to be an incredible and emotional experience for all involved. I know how much this will mean to all the players and just how much we all will forward to our dream of being Test cricketers realised. I'm certain there will be an incredible atmosphere from both sets of fans who will be keen to witness a piece of history."

    The exact date in May and Irish venue for the five-day Test has yet to be confirmed, but a final decision on both will be announced in due course.

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    Hope it will be a well attended historic match.

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    Hopefully it's late May and my exams are done by then, I'll go over and hang out with @Donal Cozzie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Mac View Post
    Hopefully it's late May and my exams are done by then, I'll go over and hang out with @Donal Cozzie
    Can I come


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Congrats @Donal Cozzie big moment for Irish cricket, I hope the weather holds up but am not sure what it's like during a May in Ireland


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    I have a bad feeling about this Test match. If Ireland makes a green wicket with overcast wet-tish conditions, Pakistan could look like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Wouldn't rule out an Ireland win if those are the conditions. Plus we've known to be gracious people. Handing wins to minnows when they need them.

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    Who are all the teams that have won their first ever test match and will be joined next year by Ireland??

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    Good news for Irish cricket

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaz619 View Post
    Can I come

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    Quote Originally Posted by shariqnoor View Post
    I have a bad feeling about this Test match. If Ireland makes a green wicket with overcast wet-tish conditions, Pakistan could look like a rabbit caught in the headlights. Wouldn't rule out an Ireland win if those are the conditions. Plus we've known to be gracious people. Handing wins to minnows when they need them.
    Luckily Ireland don't have the bowlers to take advantage of such conditions.

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    Finally BD can become the second worst test team in the world

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    Another opportunity for Mickey to lose to a minnow

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    Good news for Ireland and good match practice for Pakistan before we take on England.

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    Pakistan should have declined the invitation we will gain nothing in fact its a banana skin hopefully it will be rained off


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    Will be a historic occasion if hopefully the weather stays clear. Cannot afford any complacency or thinking Ireland are just preparation for the England tour - we all saw what happened on a greentop in the 2007 WC.

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    Another opportunity for Mickey to lose to a minnow
    A friendly reminder that your Pep Guardiola of cricket Waqar shelled an ODI to Zimbabwe in a match where we were 76-6 only two years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Another opportunity for Mickey to lose to a minnow

    It will also be on Sarfrazs record just like anytime we lost to a minnow under Misbah.

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    I bet @Donal Cozzie stopped following Cricket like 99% of the Irish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Will be a historic occasion if hopefully the weather stays clear. Cannot afford any complacency or thinking Ireland are just preparation for the England tour - we all saw what happened on a greentop in the 2007 WC.



    A friendly reminder that your Pep Guardiola of cricket Waqar shelled an ODI to Zimbabwe in a match where we were 76-6 only two years ago.
    Didn't know we were paying Mickey a bucket ton of money to be as bad as Vicki

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Didn't know we were paying Mickey a bucket ton of money to be as bad as Vicki
    Mickey replaced him so it is natural for him to be compared to his predecessor. However, I agree that it is pointless to compare a professional coach to a P.E. Master with fake British accent.

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    We might just end up losing lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chief Destroyer View Post
    We might just end up losing lol.
    Will probably get rained-off!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafa View Post
    Hope it will be a well attended historic match.
    And without any nepotism.

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    Good news all round.

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    Will be a rain affected draw which means Pak will lose points.

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    Ireland hopeful of playing return series in Pakistan, provided security situation remains stable

    http://www.cricketeurope.com/DATABAS...8/004849.shtml


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    Dates confirmed for Ireland's first Test match in 2018

    Ireland will play Pakistan on 11-15 May next year in their inaugural Test match with the venue still to be confirmed.

    It was known earlier this month that the historic game was pencilled in for May 2018 and Cricket Board Ireland has now announced the five days of play.

    Malahide in Dublin is favourite to host the game but Belfast ground Stormont has also hosted internationals.

    Cricket Board Ireland said on Friday that the venue will be confirmed in the "coming weeks".

    Ireland and Afghanistan were given Test status in June when they became the 11th and 12th full members of the ICC.

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/41777683


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    Cricket Ireland faces several off-field challenges ahead of first Test match

    In six months' time Ireland will become the 11th nation to play Test cricket, a long-coveted prize that brings with it administrative and financial challenges not seen since rugby union turned professional.

    On May 11 next year at around 11am, weather permitting of course, Pakistan will be on hand to welcome the format's first new arrival since Bangladesh were invited to the top table in November 2000.

    It will be a cause for great celebration for fans and players on the island and the culmination of years of diligent work - with behind-the-scenes politicking and unimpeachable on-field progress playing an equal part over the years.

    But before that happens, a Stakhanovite workload awaits those at the helm.

    Warren Deutrom is the chief executive of Cricket Ireland and a major factor in the advancement of a cause which has gone from fanciful to optimistic to achievable and finally inevitable in a decade.

    As well as leading the organisation, Deutrom is effectively HR manager, in-house lawyer and head of corporate affairs. He estimates performance director Richard Holdsworth's role overlaps with the work of five people at the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    "We are going through a huge, huge process of transitioning from associates to full membership. It's going to be a finger in the air exercise to some extent... we have an extraordinary dearth of people," Deutrom told Press Association Sport.

    "To satisfy all the requirements we would have next year - working on a proper interprovincial structure, more support for our women's teams and grassroots, coach development, investment in facilities, identifying and commercialising our fixtures for the next four to five years, hosting a Test match - we would need 14-15 million euros. We're likely to turn over around 8million and the exchange rate of Dollars to Euros means we're getting less from our ICC distribution.

    "We might be facing a unique set of challenges," he said. "The only thing I am aware of on this scale in Ireland would be the transition from amateur to professional in rugby union.

    "I suspect that was comparable to what we're doing but rugby was already ingrained in our national psyche, it was an established mainstream sport in the way cricket is only aspiring to be."

    Also on the list of priorities is a new headquarters.

    "We haven't got any more room...we've already knocked through into next door and you can't keep knocking holes in walls forever," he added.

    Deutrom is also pragmatic enough to know cricket will not be knocking holes in the established structure of Irish sport anytime soon. Among team pursuits rugby, football and Gaelic sports are untouchable, with horse-racing and golf also boasting a large, devoted following.

    The goal is to join them.

    "What are the measure to become mainstream? I've talked about cultural ubiquity: our own tab on the news sites, on TV regularly, pundits on the radio," he said.

    "There's not many sports that can attract 10,000 people to a game as we can and we're already the country's second biggest sport in terms of social media following. That could be damn lies and statistics but it seems a relatively solid measure, given we've never been certain of our fixture list before."

    Many fans will be desperate to know when England will face their neighbours in Test cricket. It was once expected they would be the side to welcome the boys in green to life in whites, but Deutrom is applying light-touch diplomacy on that score.

    "It would be crazy to put a public megaphone to their ear and say 'it's outrageous they're not playing us'," he said.

    "We know their schedule is among the busiest in world cricket but there is a human side to everything and is there a natural kinship between England and Ireland? Yes. I think there is a real willingness to get it done but that doesn't lessen the challenge of a very busy calendar."

    For now though, all eyes are on Pakistan in May.

    "We have a mountain to climb, and there will be bumps in the road, but let's not lose sight of what has been achieved by Irish cricket."

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    Dedicate it to bob ‘Sufi’ Woolmer

    Hopefully Mohammed Amir and Azhar Ali are back in form by then


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    Good luck to Pakistan and Ireland for this historic match.


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    MALAHIDE TO HOST HISTORIC IRELAND TEST AGAINST PAKISTAN

    Cricket Ireland have confirmed Malahide will be the venue for the inaugural Test match against Pakistan in May next year.

    “We are delighted that Malahide has agreed to host this historic game against Pakistan," said Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom.

    "Even in its short history of hosting our matches, the club has already given us some wonderful memories, and we trust that May 11th and its ensuing days will provide many more.

    "We would like to thank the club’s members for their continuing hospitality.”

    Malahide Chairman Ciaran Keohane was clearly delighted that his club would be hosting the first blue riband match of the 2018 calendar at the picturesque venue.

    "Malahide Cricket Club is delighted to host the Inaugural Test Match in Ireland. We are looking forward to welcoming both teams to The Village.

    "This is a great showcase not only for Irish cricket, but for Malahide and the wider Fingal area."


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    I hope we thrash them in their first match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arsalan Pro View Post
    I hope we thrash them in their first match.
    So do I, would love to rain on their parade.

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    I dont really know why but I've noticed a serious amount of bitterness towards the achievements of the Ireland team on this forum in the past two years or so.

    I get from a Pakistani perspective the 2007 game will always carry emotion, but its a tad disappointing to see so much ill will towards a group of players who have been an immense credit to their country and the Associate game for a decade, only for people to gleefully jump in when the performances and form start to dwindle to the extent people seem to have forgotten just how far this team have come on a shoestring budget, with zero ICC support (until now) and a criminal lack of games until 2016.

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    IRELAND’S HISTORIC FIRST Test match against Pakistan this summer is on course to be a sell-out, but it won’t be broadcast live on terrestrial television despite considerable interest from overseas.

    Cricket Ireland has reported strong ticket sales three months in advance of the inaugural five-day match on these shores and as anticipation builds, the organisation is looking to maximise every potential revenue stream.

    Barry McCarthy Members of the Ireland squad at Malahide Castle yesterday.
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    The construction of a temporary 10,000-seater stadium at Malahide, which includes changing rooms, corporate hospitality and media facilities, is expected to cost in the region of €450,000 while the overall running cost of a Test match is close to €1 million.

    While ticket sales and hospitality packages will foot some of the bill, the process of tendering television rights both to the domestic and overseas markets, as well as securing commercial deals such as in-ground naming rights, are key off-field targets in the build-up to a historic summer.

    Event management company Pitch International are currently engaging with potential broadcasters on behalf of Cricket Ireland with a view to selling the live television rights around the world, and with several interested parties, an announcement is expected in due course.

    But the visit of Pakistan between 11-15 May will not be carried live on Irish domestic television with both RTÉ and TV3 yet to express an interest which means either Sky Sports, BT Sport or eir Sport are likely to acquire the rights for the UK and Ireland region on a pay-per-view platform.

    Cricket Ireland are hopeful of securing a deal with an Irish free-to-air channel to show a daily highlights package, but as of yet the national broadcaster hasn’t shown any interest in providing cricket coverage with BBC Northern Ireland the most likely candidate.

    “The Test match will definitely be broadcast as there is very, very strong interest from overseas, including Pakistan,” Dennis Cousins, Cricket Ireland commercial director, told The42.

    “In terms of terrestrial TV in Ireland, that’s just not going to happen for us in terms of live coverage. Let’s be honest, RTÉ are never going to free up the schedule for five days to show a Test match or even a Twenty20.

    “What we’ll be hoping for over time is to get some sort of highlights package on domestic TV and as the sport grows here, that’s a point we’re trying to get to. You’d hope they [Irish broadcasters] would look at that as we’d like to see it happen and it’s high up the agenda for us.”

    While the sale of television rights will be finalised closer to the time, Cricket Ireland is in the final stages of closing out deals for in-ground sponsorship for both the Pakistan Test and Twenty20 series against India in June.

    That process will see the title sponsorship rights being sold to an Asian-based sports agency, who will then in turn distribute advertising space to different companies in Pakistan and India, as was the case for last summer’s triangular series involving Ireland, Bangladesh and New Zealand in Malahide.

    As for the ticket sales, nearly 4,000 have been pre-sold for the first two days of the Test match while all corporate hospitality tickets for the opening day have been sold, with Cricket Ireland set to transform Malahide into an international venue again much like it was for the visit of England in 2013.

    “We’re hoping to have in or around 10,000 for each of the first two days,” Cousins continued. “A lot of people want to be at it because it’s a piece of history and we’re really confident of a big, big crowd.”

    Additionally, the two T20s against India at Malahide on 27 and 29 June are on course to be sell outs with 5,000 tickets pre-sold already, just two weeks after the fixtures were confirmed.

    The added interest from spectators has also been complemented by further engagement from perspective commercial partners — both from home and abroad — since Ireland’s ascension to full membership and Test-playing status of the ICC.

    “There’s definitely more interest,” Cousins explained. “The platform is now much bigger, and there’s more visibility — but just because you have Test cricket doesn’t mean the phone is going to start ringing the next day.

    “We’ve had quite a lot of interest from Asia as large Indian companies are interested in match sponsorship rights and we’ll make an announcement on that soon.”

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    With pakistans flimsy batting line up, early year weather conditions in ireland we could see a shock win for ireland in their debut test match.

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    I think it will be a well-fought match but I feel either side may just squeeze a victory.

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    There's no way they'll be able to bat against Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir with a red ball on a green pitch.

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    When is this happening? April?


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    Quote Originally Posted by aloo paratha View Post
    There's no way they'll be able to bat against Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir with a red ball on a green pitch.
    Hasan, yes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    When is this happening? April?
    May 11.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdullah719 View Post
    May 11.
    Well, something at last.


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    If this is happening before the England test tour, then I am fine with it t. Good for the Pakistan to play in wet seaming conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abdul View Post
    Hasan, yes.
    I know Mohammad Amir is pretty poor, but I'm sure he can take wickets against Ireland at least.


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    AS THE ARCTIC wind penetrated the January air, and Malahide Castle and Gardens was littered with woollen-dressed walkers, the idea of Test match cricket and a bright new dawn could not have felt any further away.

    Cricket grounds can be forlorn places in the depths of winter, and even the venue which will play host to Irish sporting history in three short months is not exempt, with Malahide barely recognisable under an early-morning mist.

    As winter turns to spring, work will begin on transforming the idyllic village ground into a purpose-built international stadium which will provide the setting for a momentous occasion as Ireland make their first foray into the Test arena against Pakistan.

    For so many involved in the sport on this island, and indeed those who previously laid the foundations, it will be the most fulfilling, yet surreal, of days just a decade on from the indelible victory over Pakistan which initiated this remarkable journey to the top table.

    No one has played as significant a role as Ed Joyce, and two decades on from his Ireland debut, against Scotland at a club ground in 1997, he — like so many others — is on the verge of realising a childhood dream.

    It’s no secret that the curtain would have long fallen on Joyce’s pioneering career had Test match cricket not been around the corner, but that’s not to say the 39-year-old is clinging on to bow out on the grandest of stages.

    You’ll find few who argue against the assertion that Joyce remains the key cog in Ireland’s batting wheel and certainly his sixth ODI century earlier this month against United Arab Emirates is evidence of his enduring worth.

    But a long career, spanning over two decades and including four years in England colours, has taken its toll over the last number of years, with debilitating knee and hip problems forcing him to end his time in county cricket to scale back his workload.

    His right knee required surgery at the end of 2016 and even last summer — at which stage he had returned to live in Dublin having taken a considerable pay-cut to sign a central contract with Cricket Ireland — there was still a great deal of uncertainty over whether he’d be fit enough to play on into 2018.

    “The knee isn’t great, lots of other things are hurting, and my body is telling me to stop,” the Bray native said last June, and there were further concerns when he missed the pre-Christmas series against Afghanistan in India.

    But that May Day has focused Joyce’s mind, and the prospect of taking to the field on a historic occasion, has made the painful rehabilitation work a little more bearable.

    Ireland’s long-serving figurehead is soldiering on.

    “Playing in that Test is the only thing keeping me going,” he says.

    And now it’s within sight. Pakistan. Malahide. Test cricket. The holy grail.

    On the back of his match-winning century in Dubai a fortnight ago, Joyce is feeling as fit and fresh as he has in quite some time and there is a real sense of enthusiasm and excitement when he looks ahead to a busy schedule.

    “The knee wasn’t great a few months ago but I started doing pilates and has actually really helped,” he explains.

    “I felt it getting worse and worse last year again and trying to strengthen up the muscles around the knee was proving difficult. Pilates has really helped and I went away on this tour to UAE and it went really well, felt really good and felt somewhere back to 2015 when it was still a bit sore but could get through it and perform.

    “I’m feeling a lot more comfortable in my body, and because of that I’m looking forward to the cricket a bit more. I’ve gone on record by saying if the Test match wasn’t there I might have stopped already and that’s still true, but I’m feeling a lot happier about playing cricket this year. A lot of stuff to look forward to too.”
    Encouragingly, Joyce was yesterday named in Graham Ford’s squad for the World Cup qualifying tournament to take place in Zimbabwe in March and he will again be crucial to Ireland’s hopes of booking their place at a fourth successive World Cup.

    The task has been heightened significantly with the ICC’s decision to reduce its showpiece event in England in 2019 to a 10-team tournament, with Ireland set to vie with West Indies, Afghanistan, Netherlands and hosts Zimbabwe among others for the two remaining qualification berths.

    Ireland will finalise preparations with a training camp in South Africa, where four warm-up games have been scheduled, before facing the possibility of nine make-or-break games in the space of three weeks.

    The congested and intense nature of a tour will be a firm test of Joyce’s fitness and how he and the coaching staff manage his workload — both on the field and in training — will be a crucial factor in getting the best out of him with the bat.

    “I’m going to Zimbabwe to play every game but if there’s a situation where it’s sore for one game and we feel I should miss that one and manage it day-to-day then so be it,” he continues.

    “But I’d be hopeful of getting through every game out there and being able to perform.

    “It is about managing it but I’m feeling a lot more positive. I feel good and because the knee is feeling good I’ve actually been able to practice properly. That was probably the biggest thing for me when the knee wasn’t good, I wasn’t able to practice properly and therefore you can’t be in as good as form as you’d like to be in.

    “I’ve been able to bat for a long time in the nets and actually work on things and get a lot of volume in which I haven’t been able to do previously. I feel like I’ve hit enough balls and prepared well and mentally I’m in a good place going into games.”

    It also helps when the team appear to have turned a corner following a difficult 18 months under John Bracewell, with Ireland winning their last six ODIs before and after Christmas.

    New head coach Ford is still settling into the role but certainly the early signs leave huge grounds for optimism heading into the World Cup qualifiers, with the bowling attack producing far more accurate and consistent displays and the likes of Joyce providing solid platforms with the bat.

    “I feel very positive about the next few months,” Joyce adds. “I’m looking forward more to the Zimbabwe trip as it’s such a big tournament because the last couple of years in ODI cricket we haven’t played well but then it looks like the team has turned the corner.

    “Rob Cassell [bowling coach] has done wonders with the bowling unit, we have a lot more variation. We seem to have moved on in terms of accuracy and hopefully we can bring that into the qualifiers. I feel like the team is in a better place and because of that I think everyone is a bit more positive about it.”

    While the World Cup qualifiers are the primary focus, 11 May is a date ingrained in everyone’s mind, even yesterday when Cricket Ireland unveiled its first Test kit.

    But for Joyce, he can’t afford to look even that far down the line as he manages his knee on a day-to-day basis while at the same time appreciates knows the significance of the forthcoming tournament, even if he’s unlikely to be around in 2019 for the World Cup should Ireland make it that far.

    “I’m looking to play the Test match and make a decision after that,” he says of his future.

    “We’ve got the next three or four months, and I’m going to really put everything I have into those few months and hopefully, the team does well as well and then see where we stand after the Test match.”
    It’ll be a special moment.

    “Looking back, I played my first game for Ireland back in 1997 and I never thought we’d be anywhere close to playing Test match cricket in my lifetime, let alone still being able to play,” Joyce adds.

    “It’ll be a very proud moment for me personally but it’ll just be a momentous day for Irish cricket considering where the sport was and where we’ve got to in the last decade. It’s an incredible achievement.”

    105 days and counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Another opportunity for Mickey to lose to a minnow
    Best captain since Imran Khan

    He will be bashed the most if PAK lose this test match, not Micky.

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    Pakistan should win this easily.

    Pakistan should look to play three Test series.

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    So India will face Afghanistan in their debut test and Pak will face Ireland.

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    Cricket Ireland to look at building new national stadium

    Cricket Ireland has announced plans to look into building a new permanent stadium in Dublin after deciding against redeveloping Malahide.

    Ireland joined the top table at the International Cricket Council last year after being granted full member status and their historic first Test will be staged at Malahide against Pakistan from May 11th-15th.

    But a decision to explore relocating to the National Cricket Stadium at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus in Dublin has been agreed by the board due to the proliferation of matches Ireland will host in the next few years as a result of their new status.

    Dublin venues Malahide and Clontarf, as well as Stormont in Belfast and Bready in Tyrone have previously staged international matches.

    Warren Deutrom, chief executive of Cricket Ireland, said: “Cricket in Ireland is entering an exciting new phase, as we begin to understand more and more the implications and obligations of becoming an ICC full member.

    “We anticipate that the new Future Tours Programme (FTP) will be finalised by the ICC in April this year. It is likely to involve the senior men alone playing about 60 home matches over the next five seasons.

    “What has become abundantly clear to the board is that this dramatic increase in our home schedule means that we will need to share the load beyond our four existing international-standard grounds around Ireland.

    “It has been no secret that our initial thinking was based around a redevelopment and expansion of Malahide Cricket Club.

    “When we selected Malahide as the location for our main stadium in Dublin a decade ago, Irish cricket was in a very different position with a much smaller fixture list. By achieving Test status and joining the FTP, we’ve had to ask ourselves the tough question of whether that decision is still fit-for-purpose.

    “It was a decision the board did not take lightly. Regardless of any future decision we are keen for Malahide to remain in use as an international ground for many years to come.”

    While their Test against Pakistan will take top-billing this summer, Cricket Ireland confirmed a limited-overs series in August against Afghanistan, who were also granted Test status in 2017.

    Three Twenty20 internationals will take place at Bready while three one-day internationals follow at Stormont.

    https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/oth...10575?mode=amp

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    Ed Joyce, Ireland's veteran batsman, believes teams with quality spinners in their ranks will hold an advantage at the Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.

    The 39-year-old has been part of two Ireland squads that travelled to Zimbabwe before this: in 2000 and then in 2015, with the hosts winning the one-day international series 2-1 on both occasions. In the “tough fought” 2015 series, Joyce remembered the Harare surface being slow and low, and expected more of the same in the Qualifier.

    “We all looked at the tournament beforehand and thought spin would play a big part,” said the left-hander.

    Over the past month, the team prepared accordingly, playing matches in Dubai and Pretoria.

    “Luckily we were in Pretoria as well, and maybe the wickets were a little quicker than the ones we faced here, but they did take a bit of spin,” said Joyce. “We did face a bit of spin in the nets as well. We’ve all been working on our sweep, using our feet. It’s just about whether it works in games.”

    It is also important for Ireland's seam bowlers to take pace off, he explained. “We do have some medium pacers who can take some pace off and all the seamers have been bowling their slower balls. We have people like [Paul] Stirling, who is a batsman, but bowls spin.”

    Acknowledging that this gives Afghanistan – who have the No.1 ranked ODI bowler Rashid Khan in their side – an advantage, Joyce also sounded a note of caution.

    “Everyone’s looking at Afghanistan, with their spin. They’ve got some high quality there. They probably hold a few aces, but I don’t think we can look too much at it. The wickets might not play the way we think they’d play, they might be flat, maybe have a bit of pace, so it’s important not to pre-judge it."

    Joyce, who has played 74 ODIs for Ireland and England, is one of several members in the side who, as far as World Cup qualifiers are concerned, has been there, done that. He hoped the side’s experience would work to their advantage in the 10-team tournament, where only two spots in the Cricket World Cup are up for grabs.

    “In these kinds of tournaments, experience does count for a lot. We’ve gone through a lot of qualifying tournaments – T20 World Cups and 50-over World Cups – and been successful most of the time. We’ve got good memories and that’ll help us.

    Ed Joyce is aiming to be the top run-scorer for his team in the CWC Qualifier in Zimbabwe Ed Joyce is aiming to be the top run-scorer for his team in the CWC Qualifier in Zimbabwe

    “In saying that, we do have some young players in the team. We have James Shannon coming in and he might play. Simi Singh is not particularly young, but young in terms of international cricket. And some young bowlers like Peter Chase and Barry McCarthy, guys who have been around international cricket a couple of years, but haven’t played in these kind of tournaments.”

    On a personal level, Joyce, who averages 38.40 in ODI cricket with six centuries, is aiming to be the leading run-scorer for his team and be up there in the whole competition.

    In the longer term, there is Ireland’s historic first Test match to look forward to, when they face Pakistan on 11 May in Dublin. “We’re very grateful to Pakistan for coming to play us – a huge cricketing nation – and tickets have been selling well,” he said.

    “We have a good tradition in playing World Cups, we’ve been in the last three now, and performed well. We’re desperate to get to 2019. But if that doesn’t happen, it’s good we have Test cricket. We’re Full Members now, and we have a lot of good fixtures in the next few years, and everything doesn’t ride necessarily on World Cups like it did previously.”


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    This is great news! Can’t wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    I dont really know why but I've noticed a serious amount of bitterness towards the achievements of the Ireland team on this forum in the past two years or so.

    Not from here. Come on Ireland!

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    Ireland can start their test journey with a Win.

    We can deliver 'em an innings defeat or can be 95 a.o. in chase of 177

    Exciting time for Test Cricket!

    Welcome to big boys' table Ireland!

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    Anyone considering flying out to Dublin for the game?

    I might fly in from Oslo for a day or two, would be cool to meet up with some fellow PakPassioners so that I am not a complete loner in the stands


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    @Donal Cozzie do you think the tickets will get sold out if I don't purchase online and wait until at the stadium?

    Also, have you already bought your tickets? It seems like I can only purchase ticket for one day at a time from ticketmaster.ie but I would like to purchase tickets for both day 1 & 2 at the same time.

    Any other ways of doing it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by anakwalajinn View Post
    @Donal Cozzie do you think the tickets will get sold out if I don't purchase online and wait until at the stadium?

    Also, have you already bought your tickets? It seems like I can only purchase ticket for one day at a time from ticketmaster.ie but I would like to purchase tickets for both day 1 & 2 at the same time.

    Any other ways of doing it?
    Hey.

    I doubt they would sell out however it could do. Hospitality tickets for Day 1 are already sold out and a couple thousand tickets for first two days have already been purchased.

    Unfortunately I cant make it as I have my final year exams that week sadly

    Ticketmaster the only way to buy tickets. However Id encourage you to check out cricket irelands twitter or email for more info, would be more informative.


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    Cricket Ireland announced today about 15,000 tickets have already been sold.

    Guessing Friday, Saturday and Sunday close to full houses, with Monday and Tuesday likely mostly walk in ticket purchases.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Another opportunity for Mickey to lose to a minnow
    I hope he makes me eat my words

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    Hoping Fakhar debuts against Ireland. Last time a swashbuckling left handed Pakistani opener played those minnows they scored 152(86). Fakhar to mark his presence in test cricket with a triple century inshallah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    I hope he makes me eat my words
    Nah, we're gonna get absolutely pumped. If Pakistan bat twice I'd consider that a success


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    Does anyone know who'll be broadcasting the game? Do sky have the rights? @Donal Cozzie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boi View Post
    Does anyone know who'll be broadcasting the game? Do sky have the rights? @Donal Cozzie
    I'd imagine they will. CI said they'd announce broadcasting details early next week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    I'd imagine they will. CI said they'd announce broadcasting details early next week.
    mate this might seem off topic but can you give us a bit on how the pitch might play out? I can't seem to find any source that would tell me the latter. Will it go around corners, as it is popularly believed? or would the curators come up with a relatively flatter surface, Any ideas??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahmedwaqas92 View Post
    mate this might seem off topic but can you give us a bit on how the pitch might play out? I can't seem to find any source that would tell me the latter. Will it go around corners, as it is popularly believed? or would the curators come up with a relatively flatter surface, Any ideas??
    Depends really. There are times in the season when honestly groundstaff are very limited in what they can prepare due to the weather. The early season in particular because obviously we get pretty much constant rain and cloudy weather from October to early April. The groundstaff themselves have very little equipment to work with too.

    If it plays like a standard Malahide pitch then I'd expect the ball to do some moving early on, but it'll remain true for batting, no uneven bounce or anything like that, mostly seam and swing movement, but there is something there for the batsmen.

    Later on it should flatten out. Malahide as an ODI ground you'd be expecting 250 minimum and maybe even 270.

    Course if the groundsman as he should be is preparing a pitch that suits Irelands chances he should make a pitch as dead flat as possible to increase chance of a draw. Whether that can happen would depend on the weather before the match.


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    Provided the weather holds, it should be a walk in the park for Pakistan.

    Ireland haven't impressed me, to be honest. Even in T-20s they are ranked right at the bottom, below Papua New Guinea and UAE, and they are hoping to play tests?? One would have expected an advanced country with a good sporting culture like Ireland to do better.

    I think Pakistan should send its A team there for some match practice. I doubt Ireland will win even then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    Cricket Ireland announced today about 15,000 tickets have already been sold.

    Guessing Friday, Saturday and Sunday close to full houses, with Monday and Tuesday likely mostly walk in ticket purchases.
    Got my tickets for day 1 and day 2 for me and a friend


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    Quote Originally Posted by gani999 View Post
    Provided the weather holds, it should be a walk in the park for Pakistan.

    Ireland haven't impressed me, to be honest. Even in T-20s they are ranked right at the bottom, below Papua New Guinea and UAE, and they are hoping to play tests?? One would have expected an advanced country with a good sporting culture like Ireland to do better.

    I think Pakistan should send its A team there for some match practice. I doubt Ireland will win even then.
    Why send the A team when Pakistan haven't played a test match for ages? Pakistan need the practice ahead of the England series so should play a full strength team.

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    Irishman puts Pakistan on alert

    Ireland quick Tim Murtagh has put Pakistan's batsmen on notice with a devastating display at Lord's as Middlesex kick-started their bid for an immediate return to Division One of the County Championship with a resounding win over Northamptonshire.

    Murtagh and fellow quick James Harris collected 17 wickets between them to rip through their opponents as the bowler-dominated opening round of the county season continued.

    Murtagh is expected to make his debut for Ireland in their maiden Test appearance next month against Pakistan, who yesterday named their squad for the Ireland and England tour.

    It was a memorable match for Harris, too, with the right-arm paceman taking match figures of 9-64 and also finishing with the top score across the three days – an unbeaten 46 in Middlesex's first innings.

    Western Australia batsman Hilton Cartwright returned 30 and 0 with the bat, and claimed 1-4 with the ball.

    Finch a front-runner to lead World Cup bid
    There are five other matches currently ongoing across the two divisions, though Yorkshire v Essex at Headingley is yet to have a ball bowled after three days of inclement Leeds weather.

    Perhaps the most eye-catching performance on Sunday came from injury-plagued Warwickshire quick Olly Stone, who bowled with impressive pace on an unhelpful pitch to claim 6-52 as the Jason Gillespie-coached Sussex reached 6-194 in reply to the hosts' 299.

    Stone has only played 27 first-class matches since his debut almost six years ago but the 24-year-old has been a regular on the watch-list of national selectors, and the right-arm quick's fast and hostile spell will likely have plenty again pushing his claims for higher honours.

    At Canterbury, Gloucestershire are closing in on victory against Kent, needing another 47 runs to achieve their target of 108 after the visitors' debutant Ryan Higgins claimed 5-22.

    South Australia quick Daniel Worrall finished with match figures of 4-45.

    In Division One, hosts Hampshire need seven wickets to earn a first-up win over Worcestershire in Southampton, with South Australia captain Travis Head awaiting his turn to bat for the visitors, who are 3-59 chasing 324 to win.

    Former South Africa international Kyle Abbott has all three wickets, to go with three in the first innings as well as an important 51 in Hampshire's second innings.

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    Ireland will play two intra-squad warm-up games later this month ahead of their historic inaugural Test match against Pakistan in May.

    Head coach Graham Ford has selected 26 players, including Ed Joyce, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien and William Porterfield, to play a pair of two-day contests at Merrion and Pembroke Cricket Clubs.

    "These two warm-up matches are clearly very important for all involved, particularly by providing contenders for the Test team to gain valuable game time and get into good touch," Ford said.

    Ireland host Pakistan in their first ever five-day match in a contest at Malahide that begins on May 11.

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    Ed Joyce, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien and William Porterfield


    These same players were there when Ireland beat Pakistan in 2007 more than a decade ago



    Look at the Pak side that played that game, I cannot think of one name other than Hafeez who still plays today.



    How is Ireland going to improve if they keep playing the same players?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    These same players were there when Ireland beat Pakistan in 2007 more than a decade ago



    Look at the Pak side that played that game, I cannot think of one name other than Hafeez who still plays today.



    How is Ireland going to improve if they keep playing the same players?
    if i remember correctly even Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akamal were in that Pak team.. Mailk is still in the team and Kamran played for pak very recently and still may play again.. so four vs three is not so bad considering that Ireland was a associate member until few months back

    But your overall point is very well taken. Ireland seems to have a very small pool of players. They keep losing good players to England and ECB should be ashamed that they keep pulling players out of these smaller teams. Real downside to Ireland getting test status is that their players will not be able to play in counties (of course they can still compete for overseas slots) as they were doing earlier. This may actually slow down their talent growth..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    These same players were there when Ireland beat Pakistan in 2007 more than a decade ago



    Look at the Pak side that played that game, I cannot think of one name other than Hafeez who still plays today.



    How is Ireland going to improve if they keep playing the same players?
    Pretty hard to find and develop new talent when you don't have strong first class tournament. Most of Irish players are county products.

    Hopefully increased funding will help their domestic scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gubol123 View Post
    if i remember correctly even Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akamal were in that Pak team.. Mailk is still in the team and Kamran played for pak very recently and still may play again.. so four vs three is not so bad considering that Ireland was a associate member until few months back

    But your overall point is very well taken. Ireland seems to have a very small pool of players. They keep losing good players to England and ECB should be ashamed that they keep pulling players out of these smaller teams. Real downside to Ireland getting test status is that their players will not be able to play in counties (of course they can still compete for overseas slots) as they were doing earlier. This may actually slow down their talent growth..
    Kamraan's last ODI and T20 were more than a year ago and there is no way he is making a comeback now.


    Hafeez is no longer a part of the test and T20 sides and is on the verge of being dropped from the ODI side as well.


    You are right about Malik (even he has retired from tests).



    Yeah the greatest player Ireland produced, Eoin Morgan, was poached by England. England has a habit of stealing other nation's players.
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    Match will be on Sky



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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    These same players were there when Ireland beat Pakistan in 2007 more than a decade ago



    Look at the Pak side that played that game, I cannot think of one name other than Hafeez who still plays today.



    How is Ireland going to improve if they keep playing the same players?
    You're correct. By far our biggest issue last 24 months has been stagnation and lack of competition for places. But you have to understand a few things.

    1) It will take years if not decades to develop level of player depth needed in Ireland to see regular squad changes. Its just a fact. We have about 10000 regular club cricketers atm.
    2) Money. Ireland, once we give players central contracts, basically can ill afford to drop them. We can afford to have maybe a dozen full time professional fully funded contracts (may go up a bit with full membership). Once a player receives one it'd be somewhat poor investment to drop them afterwards.
    3) Money again. The BIGGEST thing that needs to happen here, to really drive us forward, is to semi professionalise our domestic structure. As it is right now most domestic players are either young guys in university, people who take holiday leave to play and others trying to break through and make it as a professional. If we received any sane amount of funding i.e what Zimbabwe get, we could afford to do this, but we dont therefore cant atm. We're stuck now in the awkward position of counties no longer taking Irish players as, from 2019 onward, they will be considered overseas cricketers whereas before they were domestic, but we dont have the money to fully upgrade the domestic system by giving summer contracts to the domestic cricketers that way, for the summer at least, they can focus solely on their game. We've given a handful of these out this year to academy players and domestic guys but nowhere near enough, ideally every team would have a core group of contracted domestic cricketers.
    4) This Test will be a farewell for many many players. Ed Joyce is arguably the finest cricketer Ireland has ever produced, just check the mans FC record for gods sake, an absolute class act. He realistically shouldve retired last year but has kept going through the injuries and pain for this game. It represents the end of the journey we started in 2007, vs Pakistan ironically. This generation has been the finest we've ever had and maybe will have for some time, they deserve to be officially recognised as Test cricketers. This game will be the pinnacle of their careers and nobody can begrudge them this match, even if some are past it. I normally wouldnt adopt this approach, Ireland DOES urgently need a mix up in the batting especially (bowling has improved since 2015 and Rankin aside changed personnel too).

    For my money

    1) I expect Joyce to retire immediately after, at the latest at the end of the summer. Has publicly stated he would've retired last year if not for the WCQ and the Test, and his injury problems flared up again in Zimbabwe which is why he's being wrapped in cotton wool for this game.

    2) Murtagh will pack it in after the summer. Guy is one of the best seamers in county cricket even today, is 37, no WC next year to motivate him anymore. Will leave with his head high and enjoy the rest of his county career with Middlesex. No need for him to spend time away from family and put his body through extra stress anymore.

    3) Niall O Brien I feel will leave after the summer too. Might be wrong, he proved me wrong by being one of our best batsmen last month. He works as an agent in the UK and plays club cricket there too while also playing in Ireland domestically. Wants to get into commentary too I think. He could go on a year or two more but I expect him to depart, might be wrong.

    4) Porterfield is still only 32 lol. Has a few years left. Been captain in all formats for 10 years, which has to be an international record? Either way he's not exactly old and he's one of our best bats, aint going anywhere.

    We have lots of potential in young and domestic players here, issue is with lack of facilities (slowly being addressed) and the domestic issues I stated earlier, they dont get the chance to fulfill the potential. Losing access to county cricket is a huge blow for many of them tbh, it really did wonders for several guys but its out job now to create our own systems, just dont think we're being given enough financial backing by the ICC to do that.....

    Also, we need to adopt the passport approach. Not go overboard with it like the Dutch and others have, but 1 or 2 quality players if interested we can ill afford to pass up on. Nick Larkin who plays for NSW came and was discarded, would walk into the team now. Simon Kerrigan is apparently eligible for a passport, as is Rob Keogh (think thats his name) who also plays county. Definitely need to look at finding players through this route if and only if they have the interest and passion needed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    You're correct. By far our biggest issue last 24 months has been stagnation and lack of competition for places. But you have to understand a few things.

    1) It will take years if not decades to develop level of player depth needed in Ireland to see regular squad changes. Its just a fact. We have about 10000 regular club cricketers atm.
    2) Money. Ireland, once we give players central contracts, basically can ill afford to drop them. We can afford to have maybe a dozen full time professional fully funded contracts (may go up a bit with full membership). Once a player receives one it'd be somewhat poor investment to drop them afterwards.
    3) Money again. The BIGGEST thing that needs to happen here, to really drive us forward, is to semi professionalise our domestic structure. As it is right now most domestic players are either young guys in university, people who take holiday leave to play and others trying to break through and make it as a professional. If we received any sane amount of funding i.e what Zimbabwe get, we could afford to do this, but we dont therefore cant atm. We're stuck now in the awkward position of counties no longer taking Irish players as, from 2019 onward, they will be considered overseas cricketers whereas before they were domestic, but we dont have the money to fully upgrade the domestic system by giving summer contracts to the domestic cricketers that way, for the summer at least, they can focus solely on their game. We've given a handful of these out this year to academy players and domestic guys but nowhere near enough, ideally every team would have a core group of contracted domestic cricketers.
    4) This Test will be a farewell for many many players. Ed Joyce is arguably the finest cricketer Ireland has ever produced, just check the mans FC record for gods sake, an absolute class act. He realistically shouldve retired last year but has kept going through the injuries and pain for this game. It represents the end of the journey we started in 2007, vs Pakistan ironically. This generation has been the finest we've ever had and maybe will have for some time, they deserve to be officially recognised as Test cricketers. This game will be the pinnacle of their careers and nobody can begrudge them this match, even if some are past it. I normally wouldnt adopt this approach, Ireland DOES urgently need a mix up in the batting especially (bowling has improved since 2015 and Rankin aside changed personnel too).

    For my money

    1) I expect Joyce to retire immediately after, at the latest at the end of the summer. Has publicly stated he would've retired last year if not for the WCQ and the Test, and his injury problems flared up again in Zimbabwe which is why he's being wrapped in cotton wool for this game.

    2) Murtagh will pack it in after the summer. Guy is one of the best seamers in county cricket even today, is 37, no WC next year to motivate him anymore. Will leave with his head high and enjoy the rest of his county career with Middlesex. No need for him to spend time away from family and put his body through extra stress anymore.

    3) Niall O Brien I feel will leave after the summer too. Might be wrong, he proved me wrong by being one of our best batsmen last month. He works as an agent in the UK and plays club cricket there too while also playing in Ireland domestically. Wants to get into commentary too I think. He could go on a year or two more but I expect him to depart, might be wrong.

    4) Porterfield is still only 32 lol. Has a few years left. Been captain in all formats for 10 years, which has to be an international record? Either way he's not exactly old and he's one of our best bats, aint going anywhere.

    We have lots of potential in young and domestic players here, issue is with lack of facilities (slowly being addressed) and the domestic issues I stated earlier, they dont get the chance to fulfill the potential. Losing access to county cricket is a huge blow for many of them tbh, it really did wonders for several guys but its out job now to create our own systems, just dont think we're being given enough financial backing by the ICC to do that.....

    Also, we need to adopt the passport approach. Not go overboard with it like the Dutch and others have, but 1 or 2 quality players if interested we can ill afford to pass up on. Nick Larkin who plays for NSW came and was discarded, would walk into the team now. Simon Kerrigan is apparently eligible for a passport, as is Rob Keogh (think thats his name) who also plays county. Definitely need to look at finding players through this route if and only if they have the interest and passion needed.
    Great post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    Match will be on Sky

    I was really hoping it would be shown on RTE or one of the other free Irish channels. But apparently they are reluctant to even make room in their schedule for a highlights show. It's all well and good saying Ireland needs more money to be more competitive but the real reason there are so few cricketers in the country is because no one is interested in the game. And that won't change if they are not allowed to watch their team play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shane View Post
    I was really hoping it would be shown on RTE or one of the other free Irish channels. But apparently they are reluctant to even make room in their schedule for a highlights show. It's all well and good saying Ireland needs more money to be more competitive but the real reason there are so few cricketers in the country is because no one is interested in the game. And that won't change if they are not allowed to watch their team play.
    I wouldnt go that far. The game has an appeal now which it never had before among casual Irish fans looking for an event/team to watch and the ticket sales for this Test and the India games have been quite strong.

    There's still a long way to go to make it anywhere near what I'd call "mainstream", but there is an element of Irish people who are into cricket, and a casual element who are aware of the game who never were before 2007 and the following occurred. Hell to Cricket Ireland's credit they've done a great job marketing this Test, Dublin Buses have ad's, heard ad's on the radio and Dublin in particular seems to have been targeted with posters and all put up, which makes sense as its where cricket is strongest on the island.

    RTE well we have what, 3 or 4 TV stations in this country? (RTE 1 and 2, TV3 and TG4). So straight away the chance of any of them ever broadcasting a cricket match is essentially zero due to the time required and the multitude of other sports its competing with. Eir have shown all home matches the past two seasons which honestly, considering its technically free to air for those with eir broadband, I thought was fantastic.

    Lack of highlights is definitely an issue, but need to remember its still early days yet and RTE are about as conservative as you get in this country. Who knows cricket ireland might be able to get some form of highlights reel broadcast, but then again for all we know it could be sky who are blocking that if they're paying for broadcast rights.

    I think we're both half right. Cricket is far from a huge sport here, but the potential is there to grow it here, but to do that we need results and exposure, to get those we need the improved domestic system and to get that we need the money! It always comes down to the money haha.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Donal Cozzie View Post
    I wouldnt go that far. The game has an appeal now which it never had before among casual Irish fans looking for an event/team to watch and the ticket sales for this Test and the India games have been quite strong.

    There's still a long way to go to make it anywhere near what I'd call "mainstream", but there is an element of Irish people who are into cricket, and a casual element who are aware of the game who never were before 2007 and the following occurred. Hell to Cricket Ireland's credit they've done a great job marketing this Test, Dublin Buses have ad's, heard ad's on the radio and Dublin in particular seems to have been targeted with posters and all put up, which makes sense as its where cricket is strongest on the island.

    RTE well we have what, 3 or 4 TV stations in this country? (RTE 1 and 2, TV3 and TG4). So straight away the chance of any of them ever broadcasting a cricket match is essentially zero due to the time required and the multitude of other sports its competing with. Eir have shown all home matches the past two seasons which honestly, considering its technically free to air for those with eir broadband, I thought was fantastic.

    Lack of highlights is definitely an issue, but need to remember its still early days yet and RTE are about as conservative as you get in this country. Who knows cricket ireland might be able to get some form of highlights reel broadcast, but then again for all we know it could be sky who are blocking that if they're paying for broadcast rights.

    I think we're both half right. Cricket is far from a huge sport here, but the potential is there to grow it here, but to do that we need results and exposure, to get those we need the improved domestic system and to get that we need the money! It always comes down to the money haha.


    I just think - and I have said it elsewhere on the forum - that money is a bit overrated when it comes to producing strong cricket teams. The unbeatable WI teams of the past did not have lots of money. NZ is at present one of the poorer cricket boards but consistently produces some of the world's best cricketers. In Ireland I think the Government could try investing in the sport if money is the issue - with the economy picking up, they can afford it.

    It's seen as a bit of an elitist sport here - I'm not sure if that is true, save that Trinity is the only college of which I am aware that has a cricket field. It's not surprising that they are targeting Dublin with the ads etc - I would not expect anyone to be traveling from Mayo or Cork for it. I'm probably being cynical but I reckon most of the tickets sold are to Pakistan and India fans, rather than Irish fans.

    Back when the BBC used to show live England matches, the UK only had four terrestrial TV channels. It's not an excuse, especially seeing as this is a historic Test match - Ireland's first ever.

    I agree that time is needed for Ireland to start generating quality and interest. The history of other Test nations shows that it will be decades and not years.

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