Ireland wait as ICC to decide World Cup fate

IRELAND’S cricketers will discover their World Cup fate inside the next three days as intense lobbying continues in a bid to convince the International Cricket Council (ICC) to allow them a chance to qualify in four years’ time.

The four-day Intercontinental Cup game against Namibia, due to start at Stormont tomorrow, has been postponed over a visa issue, but the focus of attention was always going to be 6,000 miles away in Hong Kong when the men in blazers meet to decide the line-up in Australasia 2015.

Cricket Ireland’s CEO, Warren Deutrom, flew to the Far East on Friday to continue the incessant lobbying he first embarked on back in April when Ireland and their fellow Associates were ruled out of the tournament.

The decision to make the World Cup the sole preserve of the 10 Test-playing countries amazed the international cricketing fraternity, such that it was decided to have a rethink.

Back at home, Irish officials are still hoping that the one-day games against Namibia will go ahead next weekend.

“As always, while the ICC offers assistance where it can, it is the responsibility of each team’s home board to arrange its own visas in advance of any tour,” read a Cricket Ireland statement.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien and Hamish Marshall both clubbed centuries as Gloucestershire made a record-breaking 254 for three in their Friends Life T20 victory over Middlesex.

Ireland’s World Cup star O’Brien led the way with 119 off 52 balls, striking 11 sixes and seven fours.

The Gladiators beat the 250 for three recorded by Somerset, against Gloucestershire, at Taunton in 2006 and were also only four runs away from equalling the world record set by Sri Lanka against Kenya in the 2007 ICC World Twenty20.

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