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Junior Warriors Program Announced

Junior Warriors Program

In light of the announcement of Irelands elevation to full member status, that will undoubtedly bring increased professionalism and opportunities for young and aspiring cricketers across Ireland. The North West is pleased to announce; following on from a review of youth cricket and the Youth Forum in September, the establishment of two new programmes aimed at developing talented young cricketers in the region. The Junior Warriors and The Future Warriors.Junior WarriorsThe first of the new programs to be launched is the Juniors Warriors Programme. This innovative program aims to develop players from the ages 9-13 and is designed to offer considerably more playing and coaching opportunities to players. It will focus on players learning fundamental skills and allow for consistent cricket specific coaching.

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NW Vs NCU Under 11 Blitz 2017

The programme will split into two sections; Winter and Summer. Winter ProgramThe first part starting in January will offer fortnightly regionally based sessions throughout the winter and spring, to allow more players the opportunity to attend training close to where they live. The North West will split into 3 zones or regions of Causeway, L’Derry and Tyrone plus a shorter schedule in Fermanagh. At the end of the winter section, there will be a blitz for each age group, as we ran last year with the under 11s, in Meadowbank Arena, Magherafelt. This blitz will involve teams from all of the Zones playing against each other.Summer ProgramThe second section of the new Junior Warriors Program starting in April/May will offer further regionally based outdoor training sessions for each of the regions running through the summer months. The summer program will be by a concluded with a festival week in late July and early August. The festival week will bring together the regions to play a series of 6-8 matches against each other and specialist coaching on the off days. The games will be all be played in coloured clothing and played with the pink ball. The North West see this as a positive move towards developing more young cricketers for both clubs, The Union and Ireland.

North West Cricket Under 11s 2017

North West Cricket Under 11s 2017

Age GroupsThe under 11 winter program is currently open to those players in year 6 & 7 (NI) and 5 & 6 (ROI). However, if your club has players that you feel are in lower years but can compete at this level, please see the contact details below.The U13 winter program is open to 1st & 2nd year for those in secondary educationPriceThrough grant funding and sponsorship, the NWCU can offer the full winter and summer programme including the blitz days and summer camp at a reduced price of £90 per child. With over 40 hours of cricket, this works out at only £2.25 per hour for the full programme with all players receiving a free training top and playing shirtPrice per childFull Coaching Programme including blitz days and summer camp  £90Winter Coaching and Blitz Day only  £45Summer Coaching and Blitz Day only  £45Summer Camp only  £40

The winter sessions will run on the following dates:Causeway – Roe Valley Leisure CentreU11 – Mondays – 6 to 7:30pm15/01/18 to 26/03/18 U13 – Mondays – 6 to 7:30pm22/01/18 to 19/03/18 L’Derry – Glenaden ArenaU11 – Fridays – 6 to 7:30pm12/01/18 to 27/03/18 U13 – Fridays – 6 to 7:30pm26/01/18 to 23/03/18 Tyrone – Artigravan HallU11 – Tuesdays – 6 to 7:3016/01/18 to 27/03/18 U13 – Tuesdays – 6 to 7:30pm23/01/18 to 20/03/18 The Future Warriors Program will be announced later today.

North West Under 11 Bowlers

North West Under 11

North West Groundsman Job

Bready Seek Head Groundsman

Cricket Ireland are looking for a full-time Head Groundsman to manage the facility in Bready Cricket Club.

The applicant should be passionate and committed to delivering the highest standards of grounds maintenance creating a world class, enviable cricket pitch, and ensuring the long term maintenance and sustainability of the ground.

Based at the Bready Cricket Club and Centre of Excellence in Magheramason, the position will report into Bready Cricket Club Chairman of Grounds Committee.

The full job spec is available here

If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV and a covering letter addressed to Peter.McCartney@northwestcricket.com Please include “Head Groundsman” in the subject box of your email.

Closing date for applications is close of business Wednesday 6th December 2017.

Should you be successful in making the short-list following the application process, please note that interviews will take place the week commencing 11th December 2017.

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Cricket Ireland Board Meeting

Cricket Ireland North West cricket Union

Cricket Ireland North West cricket Union

The Cricket Ireland Board met this week in Dundalk where a wide range of issues were discussed with the following outcomes.

1. Date of Test match

The dates of Ireland’s inaugural Test match as an ICC Full Member – against Pakistan – have been confirmed as Friday May 11th to Tuesday May 15th. A decision on the venue will be announced in the coming weeks.

2. Cricket Matters

The Board approved a number of recommendations relating to governance around the playing side of the game, as follows:

– The formation of a High Performance Committee (HPC) – a refinement of the High Performance Advisory Group, the committee will be responsible for the oversight and strategic implementation of men’s and women’s high performance areas – including selection – and will support as well as ‘check-and-challenge’ performance personnel. It will comprise internal and external expertise and report directly to the CI Board. The Chair of the Committee is former Director of the Irish Institute of Sport, Gary Keegan.

The full Committee is:
Gary Keegan – Chair; former Director of the Sport Ireland Institute of Sport
Alan Lewis – former Irish international cricketer and CI Board Director
Kyle McCallan – former Irish international cricketer
Jo Hopkins – former head of performance planning, Sports Institute of NI
Frank Sowman – CI Board Director; Chair, Leinster Professional Game Board
Richard Holdsworth – CI Performance Director

Richard Holdsworth, CI Performance Director, said: “This new Committee is a reflection of the need for specialised skills and experience in the modern, professional high performance sphere as Irish cricket develops as a fully-fledged Test nation. Having a stand-alone performance committee also reflects best practice in other major sports while we are delighted with the calibre of our first intake on the committee, comprising high-quality individuals from inside and outside cricket.”

– Men’s Squad Selection – the Board approved the uncoupling of the role of Chair of Men’s Selectors and the Independent Director for International Cricket. Richard Holdsworth said: “While not specified as a requirement, the last two Independent Directors for International Cricket have also been Chair of Men’s Selectors – a reflection of the calibre of the individuals rather than a governance requirement.  Given the rapid evolution of Irish cricket, the recent restructure in our selection committee and the development of the High Performance Committee (with its oversight of selection), the Board agreed it was now appropriate to remove a potential conflict by definitively uncoupling the roles.”

– Chair of Men’s Selectors – Having already served nearly 6 years as Chair of Selectors, Alan Lewis will hand over the role upon the appointment of a new Chair of Selectors, the process for which will commence in due course. The Board also approved the evolution of the position into a part-time paid position to reflect the greater quantity of fixtures to be played by the men’s senior, and A-team/Wolves/inter-provincial squads commensurate with Full Membership status. Ross McCollum, Chairman of Cricket Ireland paid tribute to Alan Lewis: “Alan, or Lewie as he is known to his hundreds of friends, has been an extraordinary servant of Irish cricket. Passionate, dedicated and knowledgeable, Lewie has overseen a period of great change in his 6 years as Chair of Men’s Selectors, and as much as anyone has played a vital, often unsung, role in steering us to Test cricket. He departs with our deepest thanks for a job extremely well done.”
– Irish Cricketers Association (ICA) – the Board also approved the request for official recognition by CI of the newly-formed Irish Cricketers’ Association, which represents the interests of cricketers in Ireland, and is a new member of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA)

3. Weather Mitigation for Major Matches

The Board received a series of recommendations from the Cricket Committee around attempting to mitigate the impact of poor weather at our major fixtures. Management was asked to investigate a number of measures including the sourcing of sufficient volunteers to support the ground curators; pooling of local club resources; dedicated staffing to properly coordinate the development, support and oversight of venues which are used for CI matches; and looking into the cost of reconstruction of outfields to support better drainage.

Warren Deutrom, CI Chief Executive explained: “Our washed-out ODI against West Indies in Stormont a few weeks back gave us much to ponder. On reflection, there is probably too much simple acceptance of bad weather affecting our games given our geography, and probably not enough being done to mitigate it. The fact it rained most of the afternoon and previous fortnight isn’t the point, rather it was the apparent lack of resource around getting play started when it was dry and sunny – which was nothing to do with Groundsman Phil McCormick, whose personal efforts were extraordinary.  We know we are being held to a higher standard now that we are a Full Member – we need to look in the mirror on this one, and it is an area in which we have a lot of work to do. The Cricket Committee has acted quickly to give us some recommendations for future action which we shall now take forward.”

4. Transitioning to Full Membership

The Board received a progress report on the work of the consultancy Inside Track, which has been engaged to support Cricket Ireland in its transition to full membership. Warren Deutrom said: “We have been working with Inside Track since early September on a consultation process with our stakeholders to identify our priorities for expenditure once ICC funding arrives in 2018. An online survey, one-to-one interviews and benchmarking with other Full Members and major sports will hopefully show us the path we need to follow in our full membership journey. The new funding is unlikely to satisfy all expectations, but we hope the insights of player and administrator alike will help us focus on our immediate priorities to hit the ground running

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Rob Cassell Looking Forward to Touring With Ireland Wolves

Rob Cassell Looking Forward to Touring With Ireland Wolves

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Rob Cassell Ireland Asst Coach

Ten years on from a previous visit to Ireland on retirement from playing, Rob Cassell returns to these shores with his wife and 10-month old son. Keen to live and work in this part of the world they had been discussing how and when it might what happen when Rob saw the Cricket Ireland role advertised.

“I knew of the potential growth of cricket in Ireland, so when I saw the role advertised, I was immediately interested. It was an absolute bonus that Test status was granted a few weeks after I was appointed,” Rob says.

All the touristy things were taken care of a decade ago and Cassell is more in favour of a “quiet life” now.

“We’ve only been here for two weeks and are loving it,” he says, “the Cricket Ireland staff and players have been so friendly and welcoming as have strangers walking along the coast in Malahide. The weather is not even that cold I even got sunburnt the other day!”

Whatever of the scorching temperatures in Malahide, the named storms around Belfast prevented any action against the West Indies in what would have been Cassell’s first game involved with Ireland. Instead, he’ll have to wait for the upcoming Wolves tour to Bangladesh to really get to work.

“It was a pity about the washout but I got to see a few of them warm up and bowl the day before. There is a lot to like with a good blend of experience and youth amongst the senior team. It was an enjoyable few days getting to meet all the players and staff.

“But I’m really keen to see the players perform in Bangladesh and get stuck into my role here. They will be physically and mentally challenging conditions for the players against some quality opposition so there is no better way to see how the players can adapt and cope with all that.

There is something about being on the road that helps a team bond so there’ll be plenty time to get to know all the players and staff,” Cassell continued.

The Irish bowling unit can expect to work hard in Bangladesh but Cassell isn’t expecting to walk in and crack the whip. “In my short time here I’ve already noticed there is some genuine desire and passion from the playing group to work hard and continually improve so there is no need to crack the whip just yet! I’d prefer to see the bowlers in matches before making too many suggestions or adjustments.”

Cassell will instead continue his successful coaching style of helping players find a method that works for him/her and not settling for merely being a good bowler. He is still searching for ways to do things better than the opposition – be it tactical or the way he trains.

“The best coaches I’ve seen in any sport have a never-ending search for improvement and constant reflection and refinement on ‘how can we do things better?’”, Cassell believes.

Cassell also described how he incorporates modern technology into his sessions. “When I’m working with the players I do use a few video and analysis apps and radar guns so I do think they can speed up a players learning and development if used well. Some players love seeing vision while others want to be told straight up so it’s about knowing how best to relay the information with each player.”

There are batch of talented fast bowlers who will soon come under Rob Cassell’s eye, some of whom guided the Under 19s to qualification for the ICC World Cup in New Zealand.

“I did hear about some of those names and have now seen some footage and gained some info from the Cricket Ireland underage coaches. I’m excited to see how they develop over the next few years,” Cassell says.
Indeed, Cassell is aware of the big few months coming up with the “Intercontinental Cup match and some World Cup qualifiers on the horizon and also the U19 World Cup so there’s plenty to keep me busy.”

There’s no doubting that Rob Cassell is well prepared for his role as Fast Bowling Lead with Cricket Ireland.
“I had spoken to a few other coaches who had either played or coached in Ireland and they all spoke highly of the place and people. I knew it was a obviously a constant battle with the climate and getting access to turf and indoor facilities but there are some exciting plans in place that should see a big improvement in facilities and resources within the next few months.

“I think the training facility in La Manga, Spain will be ideal for some Fast Bowling Camps with guaranteed sunshine and turf practice opportunities until the facilities are completed in Dublin.

“I had heard about the new First Class system which is a vital step and is key to us being successful as a Test nation. It will take some time to climb up the ICC rankings but hopefully this system will create some fierce competition for spots in the senior team and help fast track our youth,” he concluded.

Rob Cassell is involved in camp this week with the Ireland Wolves as they prepare for their 6-match tour to Bangladesh. His enthusiasm for developing and coaching the finest fast bowling talents in Ireland is infectious and beyond the current senior and senior academy squads, the Under 19 and 17 quicks should be mightily excited for the future.

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Pakistan Confirmed For Ireland’s First Test

NWCU Pakistan first test match

Ireland Vs Pakistan first test match

Ireland’s first men’s Test match will be on home soil against Pakistan from Friday, May 11th to Tuesday, May 15th, following an agreement between the two sides reached during the International Cricket Council meeting in Auckland.

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 Irish venue for the five-day Test has yet to be confirmed, but a final decision will be announced in due course.

Sion Mills Cricket club

From Sion Mills to Stormont – 1969 to 2017

 

Sion Mills Cricket Club

Sion Mills Cricket Club

Sion Mills Cricket Club is inextricably linked to two things: The Mill where 700 local people found work, and for whom the club was founded, and a single day in 1969 when a touring West Indies side were humbled by the “Gentlemen of Ireland”.

A number of Sion players made it on to the field that day, the most famous of whom was Ossie Colhoun. A fitter who worked in the mill, Ossie kept wicket for Ireland that day and represented Ireland on 87 occasions.

The other 699 staff in the mill were given the day off to watch the match and took advantage of the opportunity to see the West Indies in their back garden.

Sion Mills CC was always linked to the fortunes of the Mill as it was initially founded to provide recreation for the staff. In the ‘60s and ‘70s the Mill was thriving, the team was winning and the players were getting international recognition.

Sadly, the decline of the Mill signalled the beginning of the decline of the cricket club too. Not to mention, the football, tennis, bowls and handball that were all part of the haven of sport in Sion Mills.

I wasn’t alive when a team of household names from the Caribbean finished a test match at Lord’s in London and travelled via Belfast to Sion Mills, County Tyrone to play Ireland the next day.

However, the way in which the story of what transpired that day, has been passed from generation to generation and transcended cricket fans to make news all over the world, I sometimes feel like it’s a part of my history too.

Looking at the old video clips from the BBC and seeing batsman after batsman trudge back to the pavilion never fails to stir the spirit. While there recently, I made sure to stand in the same spot as the camera had been, while taking some photographs.

When I visited the club recently, I saw a club fighting hard to keep its’ head above water. And yet, the mantra of “There has to be a club here” survives.

Every member, every player and every officer is determined to keep their club alive. This is a club built on local values and family pride, fathers, uncles, grandfathers played for the club. One of the current squad drives from Ballina for every game.

This club will survive and may even thrive again through the hard work and dedication of the members, coaches and families in Sion Mills.

The club may have been founded for the workers of the Mill but it exists now for the people of the village.

It needs to continue for all the people who know very little about cricket but still say: “Sion Mills? Didn’t Ireland bowl the West Indies out for very little there in the ‘60s?”

Making cricket as mainstream as that story became would be fantastic for all the current club, provincial and international players in Ireland.

Our next opportunity to do so comes against the West Indies next Wednesday September 13th at Stormont. Will those of us lucky enough to be there next week be reminding our grandchildren about the time in 2017 when we beat the men from the Caribbean?

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Cricket Ireland Celebrate Full Membership

Cricket Ireland Celebration

Warrens_explanation CRICKET IRELANDCricket Ireland today celebrated the ICC decision to grant Full Membership and Test Status at a gathering in Dublin where staff, players, union representatives, volunteers, sponsors and government officials heard of the ‘remarkable journey’ the sport has undergone to achieve acceptance in the top echelons of world cricket.

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom outlined just how rapidly the sport had developed in such a relatively short time, but emphasized that he saw the historic decision as just the beginning for the sport in Ireland.

“Last month, the night before our historic match against England at Lord’s I said that Irish cricket is crossing a Rubicon – yesterday, we crossed it!

“By becoming a [Test-playing nation and] full member of ICC, we have completed one stage of a journey that has taken Irish cricket from marginal and mostly ignored to one of the premier nations in the world’s 2nd biggest sport.

“And it is a journey that has been travelled with remarkable speed. Just 10 years ago our then-new corporate strategy outlined one of its key goals as the Ireland team being competitive in England’s county club competition.

“Every time we set ourselves a mountain to climb, we do so. We have always believed that the shame is not in failing to reach an ambitious target, but rather being afraid to try. And having proven our credentials to the world cricket community, we now have the opportunity to achieve an even bigger goal, which is to make cricket a mainstream sport in Ireland.

“In the last four years, we have rapidly realised that producing a competitive Test team is in fact only one part of a much bigger whole – that instead our goal needs to be broader and further reaching – that it needs to envision Ireland not just being a major force in cricket, but cricket being a major force in Ireland.

“Everywhere I look in Irish cricket, I see people with the talent and desire to succeed on the field of play, and off it. I see accomplished players, talented youngsters, dedicated volunteers, passionate administrators, generous sponsors and a growing profile. I see a desire for success, a burning self-belief and a willingness to innovate and embrace best practice. With all this in place, and the game finally ready to embrace change, where might we be in the next 10 years,” concluded Deutrom.

One of Ireland’s most senior international Ed Joyce also paid tribute to the tireless efforts of everyone who made the remarkable journey possible.

“We all owe a big debt of thanks to the players, volunteers, coaches and supporters that have brought us to this point,” said Joyce. “However this can’t be the end point of the journey and the really hard work starts now.
Joyce made his debut back in 1997 against Scotland, and is amazed by the transformation in the game during those two decades.

“When I started playing cricket for Ireland, the idea of us playing at test level was ridiculous so to be a small part of this journey makes me very proud.”

Joyce sounded a word of caution that there may well be testing times ahead with the elevation, but felt that solid foundations were already in place.

“Getting to the point where we’re consistently competitive could take a while and we have to be ready for that as well but hopefully this is the start of a special time for cricket in Ireland.

“We’ve achieved quite a lot with very little over the last decade so with the extra funding and fixtures that comes with yesterday’s announcement, we should be able to speed up our progress.”

He also congratulated Afghanistan, who were also given Test status, and hoped that other countries would follow suit in the coming years.

“I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Afghanistan too for their elevation. Their cricketing story is an incredible one and they deserve everything that is coming their way. Hopefully yesterday opens the door for more countries to get elevated status.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD expressed his delight at Cricket Ireland’s achievement of Test status. “This a great result for the hard work put in by many people over many years in developing Irish cricket.

“This development is a massive milestone for the sport in Ireland and is a landmark date as no other country has received full membership since Bangladesh in 2000. We can all be truly proud of what Cricket Ireland has achieved.”

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin TD , welcomed the achievement by Cricket Ireland , saying at the conference : “Irish cricket is now at the top table in world cricket and Irish fans can look forward with relish to seeing some great cricket fixtures in the coming years.

“In recent weeks, we have seen some wonderful cricket in the ICC Champions Trophy, ultimately won by Pakistan and the thought of Ireland competing against such top cricketing nations in Test cricket is an exciting prospect.”

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Ireland Awarded Test Status

Ireland are Full Members of the ICC

cricket Ireland Test statusIrish cricket has received a tremendous boost after receiving confirmation from ICC of their successful application to be awarded Full Membership and Test status.

The historic decision was taken at the ICC Conference at the Oval in London today where both Ireland and Afghanistan were confirmed as the 11th and 12th Full Member countries in the top echelons of world cricket.

The news was welcomed by Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom, who along with his team has worked tirelessly over the past decade for Ireland’s elevation.

“It’s fantastic news for all involved with Irish cricket and I’d like to thank ICC and the members for the positive outcome,” said a clearly delighted Deutrom. “It’s obviously a great fillip for the game in Ireland, where we are striving to make Ireland not only a major nation in cricket, but also to make cricket a major mainstream sport in the country.

“Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport and it’s what we’ve all been aiming for. The players have been very clear in their stated objective of wanting to play at the very highest level of the game and it’s clearly a momentous day that we will be able to do that in the very near future,” added Deutrom.

“The sport has grown substantially since 2007, with participation levels quadrupling in that time. With the increased profile and revenue streams that will come with achieving Full Membership, this can only get even better as we invest in the sport throughout the country.

“I’d like to thank all those involved with Irish cricket for their drive, enthusiasm and energy over the years which has made this journey an ultimately successful one. We are all justifiably very proud today, but we see this not as the end of the road, but just the first step in taking our wonderful sport further and higher in the years ahead.”

Ireland captain William Porterfield is relishing the opportunity to lead Ireland in a Test match, which he admits would be ‘a bit special’. “It’s wonderful news for all of Irish cricket, with all the players already talking about playing in a Test match for the first time,” said Porterfield.

“We’ve all played in World Cups and achieved some memorable results along the way, but to play in a Test would be a bit special. You dream as a youngster growing up of playing at the highest level and for me the opportunity to lead Ireland in their first Test match would be an incredible experience.”

Cricket Ireland Chairman Ross McCollum outlined the next steps and the immediate future for Irish cricket.

“We are sincerely grateful to the ICC and its members for giving us this honour. It is a recognition of the quality of our teams over the years, male and female, of our talented administration, and of the strength of our domestic and club structures.

“It is also clearly a sign of the faith that the cricket community has in Ireland’s ability to help grow the global cricket economy through more people attending, watching or investing in our great sport.

“We can now commence discussions with several parties about staging our first Test while we look forward to the outcome of discussions around international cricket structures which will help us unlock increased commercial funding to assist in the development of the game.

“With Full Membership comes increased funding and we will look to invest that in all levels of Irish cricket. The Board of Cricket Ireland has already debated next steps for Irish cricket at a high level around strategy and immediate priorities.

“At this stage, it is unclear at what point increased funding will begin to flow down from ICC, but we shall get into that level of detail in due course.

“I’ve no doubt this date will be seen as a watershed moment for the sport, and I’d like to thank ICC once again for having the courage and foresight to broaden the game’s traditional horizons which can only be good for the sport.”

Cricket Ireland will host a press conference in the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) offices on D’Olier St Dublin 2, tomorrow, Friday 23rd June at 2pm.

In attendance will be Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom along with members of the Irish cricket teams (subject to availability), and Brendan Griffin, the recently-appointed Minister of State for Tourism and Sport.

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Full Membership | Some Questions

Full Membership FAQs

ICC Full Membership ImageThis set of FAQs is in place as a reference point for some of the more common queries following elevation to Full Membership and granting of Test Status. As transition takes place, this list will evolve and change to reflect the common questions of each stage in the process.

1. What is full membership?

Granting of full membership means continuing the hard work of our modern, efficient, and accountable operation. This is not the end but the beginning of a new era in Irish cricket at all levels of the game.  In April, the ICC published a set of criteria that Cricket Ireland had to comply with, which we have done. As a result Full Membership of the ICC has been granted.

2. What is Test status?

Test status means Ireland’s men’s team will now be able to play Test Cricket (5-day matches) against the other 11 Test teams in the world.  ICC is currently proposing a new structure of a 9-team table and 3-team 2nd tier, who will be able to play against the top 9 as well as regular home and away matches against each other.

3. What does this mean for Cricket Ireland?

There will be a significant period of transition from Associate to Full Member of the ICC. Cricket Ireland have been supported by the ICC Development Programme which is now 20 years old. A period of adjustment will follow as we become Full Members. There will be increased funding for the organisation but we will be required to provide all the playing, structural and development facilities full membership entails.

4. When will the first Test be played?

At this stage, there is nothing fixed. The considerations are between not wanting to wait too long, and wishing to have the appropriate occasion to play it. We appreciate this isn’t easy since one of the philosophies around the reform of the international cricket calendar is ‘less is more’ meaning the existing Test nations are already looking to reduce, rather than increase their schedules. In addition, in an ideal world we would also wish to get some practice in the format before our first game

5. Where will Test Matches be played?

All of the four ODI approved venues in Ireland (Bready, Clontarf, Malahide and Stormont) can host test matches. There are no regulatory differences for grounds between ODI and test matches. Cricket Ireland will be exploring all possible options with regard to hosting Test matches North and South.

6. What does this mean for elite players in Ireland?

With a distinct pathway towards test cricket and the next World Cup laid out before them, elite players will be able to play and develop at home. It also means that academy players know they can play their part at the pinnacle of our game in a relatively short timeframe.

7. Will all players based in England return home to the domestic structure and no longer be linked with counties?

The long history and good relationship between Cricket Ireland and the ECB will continue. However, the ECB are working with us and considering whether any changes to their eligibility will be brought about by our elevation. What this means for individuals on current county contracts and eligibility in future will become clearer in the fullness of time.

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