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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."

    https://www.independent.ie/sport/cri...-36308345.html


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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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    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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    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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    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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    Malahide, Dublin – 11 May 2018. It’s a massive day in Irish cricket, with the team set to start their maiden Test match, against Pakistan.

    As a result, most of the premier Ireland cricketers are getting ready, with Boyd Rankin confirming his presence in the North-West Warriors team for the first-class Inter-Provincial Series match away against Leinster Lightning, the defending champions.

    The three-day game will be played at Pembroke Cricket Club from 1 May, the last red-ball outing for the Irish players before the announcement of the Test squad.

    Rankin last turned out in the competition in 2003 when the six-and-a-half-foot pacer was just 18. It was well before he made his international debut for Ireland, earned permission to play for England, where he played his only Test, and subsequently returned to Ireland.

    Not just Rankin, but William Porterfield, who is expected to lead Ireland against Pakistan, is also going to turn out for the Warriors, who now have seven internationals in their ranks including Niall O’Brien, Andy McBrine and Craig Young.

    Leinster, meanwhile, have 10 internationals in their set-up, with the likes of Andrew Balbirnie, Ed Joyce, Kevin O’Brien and George Dockrell expected to turn out against the Warriors.

    “I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a great contest and offers a great opportunity to get some overs under my belt before the Test match,” Cricket Europe quoted Rankin as saying.

    “I have been getting some overs in with Warwickshire but the inclement weather has been hampering my preparations. It will be a bit strange to be playing against Irish teammates, but friendships will all be forgotten once we step over the boundary rope.”

    Earlier this month, Tim Murtagh, the veteran paceman who picked up 13 wickets at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe earlier this month, was in good form for Middlesex as he returned 4/27 and 4/36 against Northamptonshire in a County Championship Division Two game.

    Pakistan have already named their squad for the tour, which includes the Test against Ireland and two Tests in England, with five uncapped players.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/672715

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    'The risk is huge, but we've got to back ourselves': Ireland's €1 million match

    THE JOURNEY HAS been well-documented at this stage, but as Warren Deutrom pulls into Malahide eights days out from a truly momentous day for the organisation he has transformed over the last decade, there are no shortage of reminders of just how quickly Ireland have climbed the ladder.

    This is an idyllic cricket ground, a quintessential and serene setting in north Dublin, and on an early-May morning, there isn’t a lot of activity other than the walkers and joggers circling the perimeter.

    There is still much work to do to upgrade the venue into one of international standard, and while most of the infrastructure is now in place and the overall structure is starting to take shape, the absence of the final fixtures and fittings means there’s still a somewhat hollow feel to it.

    The pavilion at the Dublin Road end of the ground is the only permanent structure and for a number of reasons, won’t be visible come matchday with Cricket Ireland forced to install temporary changing rooms, media facilities and corporate hospitality for the five-day match against Pakistan.

    There will be a different atmosphere here come tomorrow week, no doubt, and certainly excitement is reaching fever point ahead of Ireland’s historic foray into Test cricket, but the risk attached with building a pop-up stadium at great cost remains the only option for Cricket Ireland.

    The staging of next week’s match will cost the organisation €1 million and Deutrom, the chief executive, has made no secret of the fact they will come out of it in the red, with ticket sales and other match income only likely to offset half of the expense.

    Test match cricket is an expensive business, particularly when the purpose-built stadium needs to be built from scratch in the space of a couple of short weeks, and the risks associated are considerable, with Cricket Ireland left to count the cost of several washed out one-day games in recent years.

    But, as has always been the case under Deutrom’s innovative and impressive leadership, the potential returns far outweigh the attached risks, no more so than next week when Cricket Ireland will welcome new supporters, commercial partners, corporate clients and media to Malahide, bringing the sport to new audiences and rarefied heights on these shores.

    The sale of broadcasting rights to Sky Sports and RTÉ for a reported €1.8 million is unprecedented for Irish cricket, and the willingness of the national broadcaster to show a nightly highlights show underlines the appetite which now exists, as does strong ticket sales, with the first day on course to be a 6,000 sell-out.

    “Being granted Test-playing status by the ICC was a benchmark day for us, and while we have achieved this great thing, it has now presented us with an enormous opportunity to take the next step on the journey,” Deutrom tells The42.

    “We always said Test status wasn’t just about becoming a Test nation and then sticking our feet up and slapping ourselves on the back, and we’re prepared to take risks.

    “And the risk for us is huge because it’s an untested format, we’ve never had Test cricket in Ireland before. In a country like Ireland where the game at international level is still bedding down in the mainstream environment and a five-day game in a country where it probably rains more than others? That’s a risk.

    “But you know what? The game is thriving, more people are playing it, more people are getting interested in it so we’ve got to back ourselves. We’re prepared to take these pretty significant risks time and time again and the punters and media come and back us.

    “We keep getting confidence from the level of interest shown in us.”

    Deutrom’s bold vision has been a central driver in this journey, one which has been travelled at remarkable speed, and his tireless work and lobbying in the corridors of the ICC has made the Test dream into a reality.

    The work of his 30 full-time staff must be applauded, too, with Cricket Ireland operating under severe limitations in recent years, yet achieving success both on and off the field, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed from the ICC and other full member nations.

    An increased fixture list as part of the Future Tours Programme will present Ireland with frequent opportunities to play against higher-ranked nations, both at home and away, and give Cricket Ireland the opportunity to showcase and sell the sport to wider audiences and prospective partners.

    Already, the two Twenty20 games against India at Malahide on 27 and 29 June are on course to be sellouts and the added interest from spectators has also been complemented by further engagement from prospective commercial partners since Ireland’s ascension to full membership and Test-playing status of the ICC.

    The message from Deutrom has always been clear: the goal is to make cricket mainstream in Ireland and achieving Test status is just one part, albeit a pretty significant one, of the process.

    The Irish sporting landscape is dominated by the ‘big three’ of GAA, rugby and football but Deutrom wants cricket to be in there too. He wants perceptions of cricket as an elitist, exclusive sport to change and it to be visible, accessible, affordable and inspiring to the public.

    “For us, it’s about making cricket as a sport much more visible so people can read about us more, see us more on TV and then suddenly it becomes more visible,” he continues.

    “What separates GAA, soccer and rugby is that they have this mass following because it’s always visible in the media and in everyday life.

    “This is where we want to get to and I know a lot of people have said to me ‘come on, Deutrom, get a grip’ but then I look back on the things we have achieved over the last 10 years and I strongly believe we can achieve more.”

    And in monetary terms, all of this means Cricket Ireland’s revenue for the year is set to increase by about 50 per cent to €9.3 million, with the two games against India set to boost the coffers considerably and counterbalance the loss of the Test match.

    Compare that to the €260,000 profit the organisation recorded in Deutrom’s first year at the helm in 2006 and you get an indication of just how far things have come in a relatively short period of time.

    “We tend not to look at the Test in isolation, and look at the whole season as a whole like most businesses do,” the Cricket Ireland CEO explains.

    “The Test will probably cost us around €1 million, and in terms of just ticketing and hospitality, we won’t make it back in that but when you add in sponsorship and broadcasting, we’ll make a loss in the Test match but make a big revenue hike on the two T20s against India.

    “We’ll make our money on that but this is about Test cricket and being part of the pantheon of big nations and by virtue of being a full member and Test nation, it gives us that status of being in the top tier of world cricket which enables us to get the best fixtures against the best nations on a multi-year basis. And therefore gives a value to our broadcast and commercial rights we haven’t previously had.”

    With the sale of the TV rights for both the Pakistan and India games to Sky Sports and sports marketing agency Pitch International, who will sell the worldwide rights, Malahide will play host to one of the biggest TV audience events — sporting or otherwise — ever staged in Ireland.

    It will be a day for the ages, a day to celebrate and a true lesson in commitment, perseverance and how success can be achieved against all odds.

    It will not just be an endorsement of all the on-field achievements — those indelible days in Jamaica, Bangalore and Nelson — which have provided the 10-year campaign with such weight but a seal of approval and further recognition for everything that has gone on behind the scenes, led by the instrumental Deutrom.

    A proud day for everyone involved — from former players, staff, volunteers, club members and one and all associated with Irish cricket, and for those who had the ambition and persistence to push for change, challenge the traditional structures and strive to become one of the best.

    Not least for the unassuming Deutrom, who not only had the courage to proclaim such an ambitious vision when he first arrived, but then the sheer determination and competence to deliver it. And how.

    “I don’t want to make this about me, it’s not really about me,” he insists. “But because you’ve asked the question, I’m probably going to feel pride next Friday, a huge degree of pride that we’ve come this far in a relatively short period of time.

    “A huge degree of pride because we have grown and developed the sport into something it just deserves to be and that’s successful because there’s such support and such talent here both on and off the pitch.
    “It just deserves to succeed, and I’m not saying we should succeed, but we’ve put our shoulder to the wheel at Cricket Ireland and it’s not just me, it’s a huge number of people behind me. All of our staff, everyone at grassroots level and at the clubs that has helped along the way.

    “It doesn’t matter if we’re good at tiddlywinks, as a nation the Irish will back it and that’s what I’ve seen. This ability to punch above our weight, the immense pride in the nation and a real sense of community. It’ll be a proud day and at this stage the heart is ruling the head as the overriding feeling is spine-tingling excitement.

    “We hope the stands are full and people, cricket fans new and old, walk away from Malahide next week with wonderful memories and an appetite for more.”

    http://www.the42.ie/warren-deutrom-i...91070-May2018/


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    O’Brien brothers in good nick as Ireland get ready for Pakistan Test

    Kevin O’Brien came to the party with an unbeaten 52 to help Leinster Lightning, the defending champions, deny North West Warriors an outright win in an Inter Provincial Championships match on Thursday 3 May.

    The match is significant in that it’s the last first-class game for the Irish players before the squad for the historic one-off Test against Pakistan is picked, and between the two teams, a total of 17 Irish internationals were in action.

    Batting first at Pembroke Cricket Club, the Warriors put up a big 509/9 in 137 overs. In response, Lightning were bowled out for 286 and made to follow on. It did get tricky for them at 137/6, but they held on to finish the game at 227/7.

    Early strikes from Chase

    Peter Chase, the right-arm medium pacer who has played 22 one-day internationals, was on the money at the start of the Warriors innings, sending back David Barr and then Aaron Gillespie, who scored 57. When Gillespie fell, the Warriors were 93/3, but that was as good as it got for the Lightning bowlers.

    The O’Brien-Thompson stand

    When the two batsmen got together at the fall of Gillespie’s wicket, the match was evenly poised. But the experienced hands – Niall O’Brien has been one of the leading lights of Irish cricket and Stuart Thompson has also played 20 ODIs and 20 Twenty20 Internationals – added 308 for the fourth wicket to put the Warriors in the driver’s seat.

    Niall O’Brien hit 165 in 294 balls with 15 fours and three sixes, while Thompson hit 19 fours and a six in his 148, scored in 216 balls.

    William Porterfield and Andy McBrine falter

    Fantastic as the O’Brien-Thompson stand was, two major Irish players failed before and after it. Up at the top, the national team captain William Porterfield became the first man out, bowled by 23-year-old right-arm pacer Tyrone Kane for 2. And soon after Thompson fell, Andy McBrine was caught behind off Kevin O’Brien for 10.

    Dockrell comes good

    George Dockrell has been Ireland’s leading spinner for some time now, but had a poor time of it at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe, dropped after three wicketless outings. Against the Warriors, he didn’t get a wicket till late in the script, when he sent back Niall O’Brien, but then quickly accounted for Ross Allen and Boyd Rankin to finish with 3/120 in 29 overs.

    Young leads super bowling performance

    The Lightning first innings lasted just 86 overs, and it was due to an excellent combined bowling performance from the Warriors, led by Craig Young, who finished with 3/49.

    Young, 13 ODIs and 15 T20Is old, has been in and out of the Ireland squad, but gave a good account of his abilities by dismissing Ed Joyce early and later picking up two more wickets.

    All the Warriors bowlers used – Rankin (2/72), David Scanlon (2/47), Thompson (1/67), McBrine (1/15) and Allen (1/9) – picked up at least a wicket.

    Balbirnie keeps Lightning in the fight

    Though it was not too impressive a batting effort on the whole, Andy Balbirnie, whose 105 against Scotland was one of the innings of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, was solid in his 114*, scored off 238 balls from No.3. His 104-run stand with Jack Tector, the opening batsman who scored 53, was the best part of the Lightning innings.

    Tector does it again

    Tector is just 21, and only six first-class matches old, but was the best of the opening batsmen on show, scoring 53 in the second innings to go with his identical score in the first. While he took just 64 balls for his runs the first time out, the second one was a relatively more patient knock, consuming 95 deliveries.

    The other O’Brien saves the day

    Despite Tector’s efforts, Lightning slipped to 137/6 – two wickets each for Rankin and Scanlon – and the Warriors were in sight of victory at that stage. But Kevin O’Brien batted out 101 balls, with Dockrell giving him company with a 79-ball 31, to save Lightning the blushes.

    The one-off Test against Pakistan – Ireland’s maiden one – will start on 11 May in Dublin.

    https://www.icc-cricket.com/news/677274


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