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Ireland in pole position to secure Test status

Ian Callender

The future of cricket could be changed forever by the end of the week if the ICC Board back proposals to increase the number of teams at both Test match and one-day international level.

The annual meeting in Edinburgh, which concludes on Saturday, will vote on introducing two divisions, of seven and five teams, for Test cricket, automatically promoting two Associate members to Test status and welcoming a 13th team into the ODI arena.

Ireland are in line to claim one of the two Test spots and are already in the top 12 ODI countries but any league format will add context and guarantee more matches.

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom is on the ICC’s Chief Executive Committee and remains an influential member and is hopeful of the proposals going through.

In another boost for Associate countries, a further proposal is that the World Twenty20 continues every two years, overturning the last agreement that it revert to a four-year cycle between the 50-over World Cups.

Following the success of this year’s tournament in India it is expected that will be passed and the next World T20 will be in 2018.

Meanwhile, Leinster Lightning batsman Stephen Doheny was the star of the opening day of the annual school’s inter-provincial, at Osborne Park.

Playing for Southern Schools, Doheny dominated the first innings, scoring 93 from 99 balls with 11 fours, before becoming one of five victims for Varun Chopra. Ulster Schools start the final day 155 runs behind with nine wickets standing.

Exactly 10 years after their last (NCU U15) Graham Cup success, Derriaghy captain Johnny Lynch lifted the trophy last night after his side beat Lisburn by 26 runs.

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