By Gavin Mawn.
The year 2020 could be a special year for Ireland Cricket. Chief Executive of Ireland Cricket, Warren Deutrom, back in 2012, announced plans to improve the state of Irish cricket so much that come the year 2020, Ireland will be a full member nation enabling them to play Test cricket rather than performing as an associate nation. Two year on,Deutrom still envisages all targets and expectations to be met:
“I do,” he said. “In terms of the deadline we set in 2012, we always said we wanted to become a full member by 2020.
“At the time we set those aspirations, there was no pathway to test cricket. But now with the ICC setting up that pathway by announcing that the winner of the next Intercontinental Cup in 2017 plays off a test challenge in 2018, then that country can actually start playing test cricket at the end of 2018, start of 2019.”
What Deutrom was referring to was a new fixture composed by the International Cricket Council (ICC) called the “ICC Test Challenge”. This is a home and away fixture which will take place every four years between the Intercontinental Cup winners (associate nation cup) and the 10th ranked test team in the world (full members).
With the first Test Challenge to take place in 2018, Deutrom feels this is Ireland’s gateway to test cricket and potentially attaining full membership with the ICC.
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