Ireland face tough test to achieve ICC Test status
The aim of Cricket Ireland is to be playing Test cricket by 2019. Following the departure, after eight years, of coach Phil Simmons, who built on the success created by Adi Birrell, the incoming Ireland coach will inherit formidable development and management structures.
Despite qualifying for every ICC world event, and notable wins for Simmons' side against Test sides England, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, progressing to consistently higher levels of excellence, particularly when England is willing to poach the best Irish players, is going to prove a tough job for Simmons' successor.
As the search goes on for a new coach, the steady guidance of Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom (inset) is a major asset. Next up, Ireland play England in a One-Day International in Malahide on May 8.
Meanwhile, ICC President Mustafa Kamal, who complained about umpiring decisions and didn't get to present the Word Cup trophy to Australia on Sunday, is hinting at "mischievous things" behind the scenes in the ICC.