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Ireland emphasise need for ICC funding and more context as Test drought continues



Cricket Ireland’s new strategic plan launches with focus on qualification for World Cups

Cricket Ireland has stressed the need for greater central funding from the ICC and more context for their Test cricket, while launching its strategic plan for 2021-23.

Ireland have not played a Test since July 2019, when they bowled England out for 85 at Lord’s, and they will not play another until 2022 at the earliest, following a further postponement to their fixture away in Sri Lanka. They have prioritised white-ball cricket ahead of the three upcoming World Cups – two T20I, one ODI – and the inter-provincial system will not feature any first-class fixtures this summer.

Ahead of the publication of the new strategic plan – which aims to “strengthen our sport so that we are in a position to benefit and grow when the new ICC funding cycle begins” – Richard Holdsworth, CI performance director, emphasised the significant costs involved in staging Test cricket and the lack of context outside of the World Test Championship as the main reasons for Ireland’s limited fixture list in the format.


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