After getting ICC’s full membership back in June alongside Afghanistan, Ireland had earlier confirmed that they’d be playing in their inaugural test match against Pakistan next May. And the historic test for the Irish now has a date. They will face Pakistan on home soil from May 11-15 next year. The country’s cricket board has confirmed this news, much to the delight of their fans. The venue is yet to be finalised.
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 caliber of our first intake on the committee, comprising high-quality individuals from inside and outside cricket.”
Another important topic of discussion in the CI meeting was about the weather. This came up after Ireland’s one-off ODI against the Windies on September 13 was washed out without a ball being bowled. A number of factors including sourcing adequate numbers of curators and their support staff, pooling of local club resources and looking into the cost of reconstruction of outfields to support better drainage were outlined.
Richard now believes they have identified the problems: “Our washed-out ODI against Windies 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”.
Richard concluded: “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.”
With Irish cricket reaching newer heights everyday, time has come to really take notice of William Porterfield’s side & acknowledge their contribution to the gentleman’s game.