Irish-born England batsman Eoin Morgan does not believe Cricket Ireland would want to follow the same path as Wales and link up with the English cricket board because the governing body has fought hard for future Test playing status.
Ireland, who will open their third World Cup campaign when they play the West Indies in New Zealand next February, have been considered an emerging force and there have been hopes they would be granted Test nation status by 2020.
Morgan, who signed up with Big Bash League franchise Sydney Thunder during the week, doubted there would be any support for Ireland to join the England and Wales Cricket Board, because the team appeared to be on a solid path.
“That would be very harsh on Irish cricket, they’ve put in a lot of hard work over the last 10-12 years to the point where they have had a successful time and been given rewards in the form of funding from the ICC,” he said.
“But I think for some people to look at that as a possibility would be a huge compliment to Irish cricket.”
Morgan said until Ireland played Tests, Irishmen such as Ed Joyce, Boyd Rankin and himself, would follow the trail Leland Hone blazed in 1879 when he crossed the Irish Sea and was picked to tour Australia with Lord Harris’ team.
“The position I was in 10 to 12 years-ago meant Test cricket wasn’t going to happen for Ireland in my generation,” the 28-year-old said.
“If people have ambitions to play Test cricket, guys like Kevin O’Brien, Paul Sterling and William Porterfield – who have the ability to do it – will look elsewhere.
“If you look at the lower-ranked teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, Ireland could compete with them on a day-to-day basis,” Morgan said.
He believed Ireland would be well supported during the World Cup by the many Australians and Kiwis who boast Irish ancestry, and this view was supported by former Australian Test fast bowler Mike Whitney, who is president of the Randwick-Petersham club.
Whitney told Fairfax Media there was already an incredible amount of interest in the one-day warm-up game a Randwick-Petersham Invitational XI will play at Coogee Oval against the Irish on February 6.
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