After years of hard word, sweat, tears and some memorable results, Cricket Ireland has finally achieved its long term goal of achieving Test status.
The historic decision was taken at the ICC Conference at the Oval in London today where both Ireland and Afghanistan were confirmed as the 11th and 12th Full Member countries in the top echelons of world cricket.
“It’s fantastic news for all involved with Irish cricket and I’d like to thank ICC and the members for the positive outcome,” the delighted Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said today.
“It’s obviously a great fillip for the game in Ireland, where we are striving to make Ireland not only a major nation in cricket, but also to make cricket a major mainstream sport in the country.
“Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport and it’s what we’ve all been aiming for. The players have been very clear in their stated objective of wanting to play at the very highest level of the game and it’s clearly a momentous day that we will be able to do that in the very near future."
One of those players, Irish team captain William Porterfield, expressed the excitement being felt by every member of the squad.
“It’s wonderful news for all of Irish cricket, with all the players already talking about playing in a Test match for the first time."
“We’ve all played in World Cups and achieved some memorable results along the way, but to play in a Test would be a bit special.
"You dream as a youngster growing up of playing at the highest level and for me the opportunity to lead Ireland in their first Test match would be an incredible experience.”