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Ireland hopeful of World Cup return

Cricket

David Townsend

Published 28/06/2011 | 05:00

IRELAND will find out their World Cup fate today or tomorrow as the International Cricket Council (ICC) board revisit their decision to limit the 2015 event to the 10 Test-playing teams.

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The cause of the 95 smaller nations was again boosted yesterday when the ICC's chief executives followed the ICC cricket committee by recommending a qualifying tournament.

A consensus appears to be growing at the ICC's annual meeting in Hong Kong that Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will be asked to take part in a qualifying tournament with the safety net of still receiving their share of the TV funding regardless of the outcome.

Meanwhile, a mystery surrounds the non-appearance of Namibia for their InterContinental Cup match against Ireland in Belfast this week, officially because of "visa problems".

But a telephone call to the UK Borders Agency yesterday confirmed that Namibia nationals -- 12 of the 14-strong squad -- do not require visas to enter the UK.

Ireland are still hoping Namibia will appear in time to play two limited-overs internationals next Monday and Tuesday while the ICC have asked the two teams to suggest a resolution to the IC Cup debacle.

Irish Independent

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