Monday 20 November 2017

Ireland hopeful of World Cup return

Cricket

David Townsend

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.

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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