Ire­land seeks his­toric Lord’s Test opener

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IRE­LAND will hold talks with the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing a test match at Lord’s in 2019 af­ter they and Afghanistan were granted full-mem­ber sta­tus by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil on Thursday.

The two coun­tries be­came the game’s 11th and 12th test play­ing na­tions af­ter their ap­pli­ca­tions was unan­i­mously backed by the ICC.

Cricket Ire­land Chief Ex­ec­u­tive War­ren Deu­trom is hope­ful of a re­turn to Lord’s, where they played the sec­ond of the two one-day in­ter­na­tional games in Eng­land last month, los­ing to the hosts by 85 runs.

“We saw re­cently that Ire­land were able to get 25 000 bums on seats at Lord’s in May, when it is not easy to sell tick­ets,” Deu­trom told re­porters.

“When I sit down with (ECB CEO) Tom Har­ri­son I will be re­mind­ing him of Giles Clarke (for­mer ECB chair­man) re­fer­ring to the “glit­ter­ing prize” of Ire­land play­ing against Eng­land at Lord’s.

“For that to be the case we need to have dis­cus­sions to see how it can pan out.

“We do have a busy sea­son ahead for both of us next year.”

Both Ire­land and Afghanistan are yet to set dates for their in­au­gu­ral tests. – Reuters

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