- Cricket Ireland
Cricket Ireland Sport Cricket Formation date 1923 Location Clontarf, Dublin President Richard Johnson Chairman David Williams Chief Exec Warren Deutrom Secretary last was John Wright, retired from post in 2007 Coach Phil Simmons Replaced formerly known as Irish Cricket Union Official website irishcricket.org
Cricket Ireland, officially the Irish Cricket Union (Irish: Cumann Cruicéid na hÉireann), is the governing body for cricket in Ireland (both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland), and oversees the Ireland cricket team and Ireland women's cricket team. The Union also organises the premier club cricket competition in Ireland, the Bob Kerr Irish Senior Cup.
An Irish Cricket Union was formed in 1890, though its only function was to select the Irish international team. The Irish Cricket Union was officially founded in 1923, and is made up of four provincial unions, namely the Leinster Cricket Union, the Munster Cricket Union, the Northern Cricket Union and the North West Cricket Union. Its powers initially were strictly limited and it was reconstituted in 1933.
In common with a number of other Ireland sporting governing bodies, the Union represents all of Ireland, rather than just the Republic of Ireland. In common with its counterparts for rugby union and field hockey, the Union therefore does not use the Irish tricolor, but instead employs its own flag.
Ireland's greatest cricketing success to date is 3 wicket victory over England in 2011 Cricket World Cup in which Kevin O'Brien scored the World Cup's fastest century  and Ireland set a World Cup record with by "chasing" 327 runs. During 2007 World Cup Ireland had major success with their victory by three wickets over Pakistan in a 2007 Cricket World Cup group match.
This was overshadowed by the sudden death of the Pakistan Coach Bob Woolmer. Ireland also managed to beat the West Indies in their prime in 1968 and put in a good performance against Bangladesh and won in the world cup. The Irish Cricket Union was dissolved and reformed as a limited company on 3 February 2008 at its annual general meeting.
After the tremendous success at International stage, Cricket Ireland has applied for Full Membership from the International Cricket Council. Ireland have recently won the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2008 and 2009 ICC World Cup Qualifier and qualified for 2009 World Twenty20 and 2011 Cricket World Cup. Being a full member will allow Ireland to be a permanent One Day International and eventually granting them Test status.
On August 2011, Cricket Ireland announced its plans to put in place a first-class structure, which is a major achievement for the nation on their path to gaining Test status.
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- ^ Siggins (2005), p.61
- ^ Siggins (2005), p.96
- ^ Official Cricket Ireland site showing use of flag
- ^ International Cricket Council official site
- ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup - 15th match, Group B: England v Ireland at Bangalore, 2 March 2011". ESPN Cricinfo. 2 March 2011. http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/engine/match/433572.html. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- ^ "Ireland shock sends Pakistan home". BBC News. 2007-03-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/cricket/6457689.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
- ^ "Company to run sport in Ireland". BBC News. 2008-02-03. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/counties/ireland/7225456.stm. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
- ^ "Ireland in hot pursuit of Full Member status". ESPN Cricinfo. 3 November 2009. http://www.cricinfo.com/ireland/content/current/story/432837.html. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
- ^ Ireland plan first-class structure ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 24 August 2011
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