I was delighted to hear Cricket Ireland, chief executive, Warren Deutrom, on the radio today confirming that he intends to fight ICC over their ridiculous decision to exclude Ireland from the 2015 world cup.
As more information seeps out about this, it seems more and more like it is a purely financial decision by ICC, or BCCI – whoever runs cricket these days.
The stories now seem to point to 2015 being a 10 team ’round robin’ format with no ‘meaningless games’ involving non test playing nations who would apparently weaken the tournament – or weaken the TV deal as it is otherwise known to the cynics.
Unlike Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, who clearly wouldn’t weaken the tournament in the eyes of ICC.
Contradictions? Yes, in my opinion.
This is starting to look like a FIFA style carve up, the sort of scratching of backs we are used to seeing from Sepp Blatter and co.
The Daily Telegraph are claiming that Ireland are considering legal action, Deutrom didn’t say that in the interview that I heard, but he did say he was going to explore all avenues and fight the decsion.
For what it’s worth, I certainly back Warren Deutrom and Ireland in their campaign to get this decision reversed. I’m glad they are fighting it and I wish them every success.
I don’t though hold out much hope for them. If this is a decision by BCCI, which is an accusation already made in a roundabout way, then what chance do ‘little old Ireland’ have?