First-class do­mes­tic Ir­ish sta­tus lifts Test bid

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Ed­win Charles

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.”

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