Ireland are most likely to make their Test cricket debut as early as next year, after the International Cricket Council approved a new constitution that outlines a Test pathway for associate teams. And if they can really do it, they are determined to learn the lessons offered by Bangladesh, said Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশের কাছ থেকে শিখতে চায় আয়ারল্যান্ড]
Bangladesh the last associate nation to be promoted to full member status in 2000, who struggled in their early years but beat England in a Test match for the first time in their history last year. They also beat Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka last month in their historic 100th Test match.
“We intend to ask the ICC to continue to give us support in those “value-in-kind” areas they currently give us as an associate, such as education, high-performance support and athlete management systems,” Deutrom said. [Read also: No place for Dhoni in Ganguly’s IPL XI]
“You don’t go to being a full member overnight in terms of structures when you only have a staff of 20. That was a lesson learned by Bangladesh, who warned the ICC in 2000 that it would take some time for them to get up to speed,” he added.
Under the terms of the new ICC constitution, which was agreed on Wednesday and will be formally ratified in June, associate members can be promoted to full member status if they meet the ICC’s qualifying criteria regarding playing standards and good governance.
Ireland and Afghanistan have already met the ICC qualifying conditions, so the two leading associate nations will be given Test status in June and could each receive US$55m [€50m] from the ICC’s television revenue earnings over an eight-year cycle.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com