First-class domestic Irish status lifts Test bid
THE ICC has granted first-class status to Ireland’s Inter-Provincial Championship.
T20 matches and 50-over games will also now carry List A status.
Ireland is the first non-Test playing country to receive this status.
Ireland head coach John Bracewell said: “First-class cricket is the vital link between part-time cricket and the international game.
“It is connected to your value in world cricket, historically. This to me is key for Irish-based players willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach the standards required to compete at the pinnacle of our sport.
“Over the last two seasons watching domestic cricket in Ireland I have seen consistent performances from top quality cricketers who deserve to have these recognised.
“The standard of play is not only highly competitive but also first-class in its output.”
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom hopes that the decision of the ICC will help move Ireland closer to their ultimate aim of becoming a Test-match nation.
He said: “It’s significant as it elevates the perception of the competition, and places the inter-pros statistically and status-wise at the same level of all first-class cricket around the world in established Test nations.
“Playing first-class domestic cricket is a significant milestone on our long-stated journey to become a Test nation and is what the full members do – if we want to be considered among the front rank of nations, then so must we.” NOTTINGHAMSHIRE and England all-rounder Samit Patel has received assurances about security after opting to play in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Patel, who is to play for Rajshahi Kings, has been told that the security arrangements will mirror those for the England tour.
He is one of seven English players scheduled to play in the tournament between November 4 and December 9.
He said: “There are a lot of international players going to the BPL, and I’m sure the security can’t be that bad, they can’t afford to risk it. I’m sure it will be tight, and it’s about doing the right things, probably not leaving the hotel too much, just being clever, smart. I’m sure things will be okay.
“Everyone has been told the same, that security will be the same as the England team’s.”