Belfast Telegraph

Chance for ICC to restore faith

Ireland's cricketers will know their World Cup fate inside the next three days and it’s still anyone’s guess whether the International Cricket Council will allow them a chance to qualify in four years’ time.

It was revealed yesterday that this week’s four-day Intercontinental Cup game due for Stormont on Tuesday has been postponed - 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.

For the full story, see this week's Sunday Life.

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