The Irish national cricket team is expected that they will become the 11th team to get the Test status in international cricket. The International Cricket Council (ICC) put a new process for associate members who wish to get Test status on April 27.
While speaking about getting a Test status Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom announced that Turkish Airlines is their new men’s team sponsor. Deutrom confirmed that he had voted in favour of the new governance changes in the ICC meeting that would see a newly-formed membership committee decide on the matter; provide the applicants meet the pre-decided criteria.
“The decision made by the ICC this week to clear the way forward for new full members to arrive by virtue of receiving merit-based criteria is so important because that speaks directly to what we’ve been arguing over the last few years,” said Deutrom on Thursday. “It’s going to be about 20 to 25 criteria and it’s going to be across governance, administration, cricket structures, development and performance, financial sustainability. Every prospective member has to be able to satisfy all of those criteria. We’ve done a bit of a desktop exercise in looking into it and we are reasonably encouraged by our ability to satisfy those criteria.
Once an Associate Member applies for the full-time membership, the application will be scrutinized by the committee. The final decision is likely to be taken at the ICC annual conference is scheduled to take place on June 22.
“Once we make that submission it will go through to a brand new constituted membership committee. That membership committee will consider that application and make a recommendation accordingly to the ICC board and to the ICC annual conference, which this year takes place in London, with the AGM happening on June 22nd.
“So, with a fair wind, with us satisfying those criteria – that’s the first hoop to jump through. The second is the membership committee and the third is a decision by the ICC membership. If we manage to hurdle all those barriers then we could be a full member and a Test member by June 22nd this year.”
Deutrom is also confident that Ireland’s revenue sharing from ICC will also be increased regardless of whether happens to their full membership attain.
ICC has decided to set aside a total of $280 million for the associate nations and Deutrom and hopeful of getting a better funding in the next eight years cycle. “It would be what we hope is a very significant increase in funding levels.”