In spite of their consistent exploits on the world stage, the Irish cricket team continues to get a raw deal from shortsighted administrators who fail to see beyond their own interests.
Ireland may have been included in the ICC ODI table, but so far the move has proved to be an eyewash as there are simply no regular fixtures to allow them the scope of rising up the ladder.
In the limited opportunities that they have received, the world’s leading Associate nation has time and again proved they are as good as most Test nations when it comes to ODI cricket.
Their rise in recent years has been remarkable, especially when one considers the fact that it was only in 1993 that the national team – a combination of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – was inducted as a member of the ICC.
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