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Date: 13/12/2018
Author: Conrad Hilton
Ireland Test Mstch v Afghanistan
Just a word of warning to any Irish supporters thinking of going to the Test in India next March. Rumours of a change of date.
Wait before booking any flights/hotel.

Date: 12/12/2018
Author: Manu Eldho
Guys
Sadly,for some months nothing is heard from CI officials, journalists or in this site about constructing permanent national cricket stadium in Abbotstown or upgrading Malahide ground to permanent stadium. Is actual reason for this that the ROI govt refused to fund the proposed stadium in near future?

Ed's Note: As far as I know, it's going ahead in Abbotstown. Not sure what the timeline is.
Date: 12/12/2018
Author: Aaron
Anyone know what time the Irish Senior and Irish National Cup draws take place at today? And is there a live stream for the draw?
Date: 11/12/2018
Author: Dotski
@aw

That's chicken and egg though,you have to have the funds to pay 40 players full time, but you can't be a full member of ICC if you don't have FC domestic cricket...if we didn't have the IPC full membership we'd have less cash.

Agree of course it would be better if everyone available, but this happens in all FMs, even England has seen FC players retire in their mid 20s to concentrate on better paying careers.

I think we play with what we have, and if talented players like Dennison can't commit to mid week cricket but can play weekends, they get picked for those games if they're good enough. As long as we have a base of 25 or so who are pretty much full time, standards will be high enough to make it worthwhile, and will rise over time.
Date: 11/12/2018
Author: Cal
Strydom retiring from cricket is a sad day, he is one of the best all rounders to grace the game and he could take the game away from you in the blink of an eye with his power hitting. Glad to have played alongside him and to see what a great cricketer he was. Sad to see he will no longer be part of Irish cricket in any capacity. Thanks for the memories Reiny.
Date: 11/12/2018
Author: AW
Availability is key, lots of players getting "first class" appearances because others aren't available for varying reasons, totally devalues the status, that has been granted very prematurely IMO.

Until the whole set up is FT and players are properly compensated for their time in a franchise style system it will continue to be miles away from first-class standard with appearances handed out on based on who is free!
Date: 10/12/2018
Author: Dotski_w
@Peter

"You must be a big Tector or Leinster Lightning fan that you are bigging up the Tectors numbers."

Not sure how I'm "bigging up" their numbers... You said they weren't scoring much in the IPs, and even said "Correct me if i am wrong" so I just looked and told you what they are. As I say, around the same as Shannon across formats last year, but Shannon probably still ahead of them in the reckoning. But retirements mean there are more vacancies, so they and McCollum all in that mix. As I said before.

" The numbers they possess doesn't even stand beside someone like Adam Dennison, didn't read you saying Dennison should get the IP contract."

I would he very happy to see Adam Dennison get an IP contract, and am unsure why you think I wouldn't. As far as I've read he's not been available for the Knights to the same extent as Harry Tector though, who has travelled up north for training as well as matches.

Dennison didn't play IPC this year, and in 2017 only got 45 runs at 11.25, but he did get 206 in a game in 2016. Overall his IPC average is 29.67 which is good IMO, although heavily depends on that one knock.

He played in IP50 this year, 37 runs at 12.33. In 2017 he scored 23 runs at 11.50. Overall he has averaged 21.

In IP20 he averaged 27.33, with an impressive SR of 146. In 2017 he averaged 18.80, SR 125. Overall has averaged 21.56.

Good figures overall, but suggestion that the Tector lads averages don't "even stand beside them" is clearly untrue, and I'm at a loss as to what you're holding against the Tector boys.

"I am all for decent prospects but the problem here is don't give them places on the plate or they have a certain surname or play for a decent club."

The lads have travelled to other provinces to play Interpro cricket, and scored the runs when they got there. They've not been handed it on a plate, and suggestion they are in the mix because of their surnames is nonsense. Cricket in Ireland has always partially depended upon cricket mad families, do you think Kevin O’Brien was only picked because of Niall or his Dad?

"If your "stats" are right then LL will be foolish to let Harry play for NK.

Are you suggesting they're not right? They're not my stats, they're the player's stats, and are on this very site. And yes, I suspect Lightning will pick Harry Tector next year.
Date: 10/12/2018
Author: Pat
@John Donnelly

Not sure about notice but agree regarding turnover of people. Seems very unusual.

@Peter

Theres a good reason Dennisson wasnt included in potential individuals for contracts which has been mentioned on this forum before. He already told Cricket Ireland that he doesn't want to turn pro. Lets focus on the ones who do want to play full time.
Date: 9/12/2018
Author: Peter

Dotski

You must be a big Tector or Leinster Lightning fan that you are bigging up the Tectors numbers. The numbers they possess doesn't even stand beside someone like Adam Dennison, didn't read you saying Dennison should get the IP contract.

I am all for decent prospects but the problem here is don't give them places on the plate or they have a certain surname or play for a decent club.

If your "stats" are right then LL will be foolish to let Harry play for NK.
Date: 9/12/2018
Author: Dotski_w
More details on Preston win here, which apparently came close to breaking a very old record

https://tinyurl.com/yamooa7q

Also interestingly (given their current Irish link) the suburb of Preston (Victoria) was originally called Irishtown. According to Wikipedia, anyway....
Date: 9/12/2018
Author: Ryano
€65,000 per player per year (approx) is silly money for what returns are being achieved.
Date: 9/12/2018
Author: John Donnelly
Redundancies.

Any more news from CI on the proposed redundancies of the Cricket Development Posts. Have the employees been given their notice yet?

I still can’t believe these jobs were not just transferred over to each Unions without the need for redundancies.

Outside these redundancies, does anyone else think the turnover of jobs at CI is quite high?

Date: 9/12/2018
Author: Noel O'Driscoll
@Jordan.
You're quire correct and I hadn't thought of that.
I see the attendance for the first four days of the test is a very healthy 102,000.
I stand corrected and apologise for being a dipstick.
Date: 8/12/2018
Author: Tom G
I've been giving the Cricket Ireland contract situation some more thought and have come up with an idea.

As far as I understand it, the Irish based contracted players (those not in County Cricket) are paid around €65,000 per year.

I imagine CI are keen to contract as many of their young players as possible - but as I discussed a few days ago it appears only 4 contracts will become available this year (those of Joyce, Niall, Mulder and Anderson).

Perhaps a solution would be to create two tiers of contract. A 'senior contract' worth €65,000 and a 'rookie contract' worth around €30,000. The 'rookie contract' could be applied to players younger than 24 and the 'senior contract' to those older.

Or, if you didn't want to discriminate by age, a 'rookie' could be someone in their first 2 years as a professional and they'd become a 'senior' thereafter.

This would allow CI to professionalise 8 young players (eg. Tector x2, Little, McCollum, Tucker, Delaney, Kane and N Smith) for the equivalent of 4 retirees.
Date: 8/12/2018
Author: Marty L
Ton for Larkin.

Nick Larkin unbeaten on 109 overnight for New South Wales against South Australia.

Larkins' third first class century cementing his place at the top of the NSW batting order, at least until Dave Warner gets back.