This is some of the best cricket news in years. Actually a bit proud to be a fan.
Not surprised. Their administration makes the WICB seem competent and transparent.
You won't find any argument from me there. Apparently England thought he was class enough to play 30 tests.The only snag with this is having to redefine what constitutes a Test Class cricketer. After years of ridiculing Derek Pringle he's now fully worth his place in the hall of fame.
If Ireland were to tour Australia it would be something along the lines of a 2 Test series over the winter like what Bangladesh did when they toured. In decades of Test cricket Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have toured Aus once each for a grand total of 2 Tests. I wouldn't expect Ireland to suddenly get a full tour.Good stuff, I'm still of the opinion that new/weak teams should basically play each other and concentrate on home Tests against stronger teams - tours should be against the A sides when you're involving the big countries. Ireland playing a tour in Australia is pointless, likewise how Bangladesh touring England, South Africa etc. in their early days was utterly futile. Ireland and Afghanistan can be competitive at home but they've got to show more before the likes of India, Australia, England etc. are obliged to host them.
Ireland will have an advantage to get home Tests because not much Test cricket gets played May-August aside from in England (& at that ****** Ashes Test stealing Welsh ground).