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Cricket: Deutrom hits out at report

By Ian Callender

Warren Deutrom, the Irish Cricket Union's chief executive, has replied to the "one-eyed negativity" of BBC Northern Ireland's report into the current state of Irish cricket.

In a scathing 1,200 words response to Thursday's night's two and a half minute feature on 'Newsline', published on the ICU website, Deutrom labelled it an "entirely unbalanced and unfair picture of Irish cricket".

While admitting the World Cup finals were not a 'cash bonanza' Deutrom highlighted the many positives from 2007 which he attempted to get across in his interview but did not 'go to air.'

The feature, he said, " ignored" the fact that Irish cricket had to manage something in the region of four times the quantity of fixtures in 2007; the home matches against India, South Africa and West Indies; almost 10,000 people attended five matches within nine days at the height of the worst summer weather in decades; sweeping changes are being made to the ICU's governance structures and the launching of a new commercial strategy to reverse the union's dependency upon public funding.

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