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Ireland Team Discussion

Discussion in 'Cricket Discussion' started by Aislabie, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Aislabie Proud Associate Cricket Fan

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    TEAM DISCUSSION THREAD
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    Current World Ranking positions:
    :ire: ICC Test Championship - Not eligible
    :ire: ICC ODI Championship - 10th place (of 12) (Rating: 50)
    :ire: ICC T20 Championship - Not ranked (Rating: 84)
    as of 21/05/15
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    Upcoming international assignments:
    ICC Intercontinental Cup (Next fixture vs UAE)
    Ireland v Scotland T20I Series (at Bready)
    World Twenty20 Qualifier (Ireland & Scotland)
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    2015 Domestic Competitions
    Interprovincial Championship (Holders: Leinster)
    Interprovincial Cup (Holders: Leinster)
    Interprovincial T20 Trophy (Holders: North West)
     
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  2. blockerdave aka hoiktolegdave

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    looks like a group they could have a realistic chance of getting out of - you'd make them favourites over UAE and Zimbabwe, and with a fair wind could turn over either or both of WI and Pakistan
     
  3. MattW Administrator

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    It's probably also absolutely essential for them to do that, being able to defeat those sides is going to be about the only way they can start pushing their case for getting enough ODIs to start moving up the rankings - ideally to get into 8th or higher to get automatic qualification for the 2019 World Cup.

    I'd predict them winning the three matches, against WI, UAE and Zimbabwe - and be able to keep a close enough handle on Pakistan and India to not blow out the net run rate.
     
  4. bigred Club Captain

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    Pakistan are awful. They're playing four bowlers in an ODI side, which is very dangerous. You'd think that would mean they are batting heavy, but I don't think there's anyone in the top 7 that Ireland should fear.
     
  5. SpitfiresKent Staff Member

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    ^None of you three seem to be giving Zimbabwe any chance of causing an upset in this group I see.

    I've got them down to beat both UAE and Ireland plus either Pakistan or West Indies.
     
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  6. IceAgeComing Administrator

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    it doesn't work that way - its explicitly the top 8 full members that get automatic qualification.

    Why? God only knows, but its designed to make 100% sure the eight members that automatically qualify for the world cup in the future. I could rant all day about the ways that the ICC seem more interested in short-term financial games rather than growing the game - ten-nation World Cups from 2019, the silly group structure that they're set on using for future World T20s that don't let all of the associates play against full members, even stopping negotiations with the ICC about cricket in the Olympics when larger full members complained about "losing money!!!" even though that would do more for developing lower level cricket than anything else (I read a story somewhere about some random country - somewhere that you wouldn't think of being a cricket nation - saying that cricket being in the olympics would have given them a bunch of extra money (think it was over a million Euros, don't quote me) which would have dwarfed the money that they get from the ICC. The World Cup qualifying structures is just one thing in a very lengthy list.

    I hope the Associates (and also Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, since they haven't been treated as equals by other full members) embarrass as many countries as they can this year to send a message about the new World Cup structure being silly.
     
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  7. SpitfiresKent Staff Member

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    I still remember O'Brian's knock against England which was the fastest 100 in a WC, at the time, probably still is. Look forward to seeing him play in the WC.
     
  9. IceAgeComing Administrator

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  10. MattW Administrator

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    Isn't that the Champions Trophy? Two extra teams = "world"
     
  11. MattW Administrator

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    The warmups are not looking good for Ireland - just crumbling against Scotland. I suppose the only comfort would be that the West Indies seem to be starting things even worse, so maybe that first match can get them in form here.

    I really want to see the associates do well at this World Cup and would hate to see Ireland's run of success start to end just as there's finally the slight chance of making it to test cricket.
     
  12. Biggs This guy gets it

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    To be fair, they're just warm-ups and they'll show up on the day, they're like NZ in the 80's in that respect. I fully expect them to qualify ahead of West Indies and Zimbabwe. I actually picked Afghanistan to win a game against West Indies in a work tips thing... heh. But yeah, Ireland will be fine. Not the best team they've had but I reckon they'll swing through to the quarter finals easy enough.
     
  13. IceAgeComing Administrator

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    Ireland shouldn't be too downhearted having lost to the team that will dominate the World Cup.
     
  14. blockerdave aka hoiktolegdave

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    Ireland have never really recovered from the shellacking Netherlands gave them at the world T20.

    i'd be hopeful they can beat Pakistan if all goes well.

    the bizarre thing is that the ICC's constitution is explicit that their main priority is to protect the interests of its full members. anything else - playing numbers across the world, growing the game in associates or affiliates - is secondary to that.

    When I make my billions, as I assuredly will, one of the things I will do is bring down the ICC.
     
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  15. Pinch hitter National Board President

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    great way to start the world cup Ireland...:thumbs they are one consistent associate team, which beat test playing teams in all 3 world cup they participated... and thanks to Gayle for showing respect to Irish bowlers by scoring 36 from 65 balls...
     

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