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  • Minnows better prepared to cause Cup upsets: David Richardson February 3, 2015

    Mumbai: International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive David Richardson predicted an open World Cup on Tuesday, saying the associate members are well prepared to upset major teams in the tournament. Four second-tier nations -- Afghanistan, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and Scotland will join the 10 full members for the 11th edition...
  • World Cup 2015 Team Profile: UAE out there to enjoy, Ireland to surprise February 1, 2015

    The 2007 ICC World Cup was not a memorable experience for India and Pakistan. Both teams visited the Caribbean with high hopes but were knocked out of the first round of the event. One of the major reasons for their early exit was their unexpected loss against the minnows. India...
  • Afghanistan, Ireland get a shot at WC 2019 qualification January 28, 2015

    Dubai: The ICC Board on Wednesday approved that Afghanistan and Ireland will join the 10 full members in the rankings-based qualification system for the ICC cricket World Cup 2019. The top eight-ranked sides on the ICC ODI Team Rankings as on September 30, 2017 will qualify automatically to the 2019 event,...
  • World Cup 2015: Ireland target more shocks, Test status January 28, 2015

    London: It is a measure of Ireland`s success at the last two World Cups that it will no longer count as a stunning shock if they defeat a Test nation in Australia and New Zealand. Whether it was knocking Pakistan out of the 2007 edition in the Caribbean or seeing Kevin...
  • Afghanistan look to repeat Ireland shock factor at World Cup January 28, 2015

    Afghanistan hope to follow the World Cup giant-killing blueprint drawn up by fellow outsiders Ireland when they make their debut at the game's showpiece tournament. Ireland defeated mighty Pakistan to reach the Super Eights stage at the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean before defeating England in a high-scoring match in...
  • World Cup 2015: Introducing the four qualifiers January 27, 2015

    It's no secret that I am very passionate about Associate cricket and that will never change, no matter who I'm working with. There needs to be continuous development of our great game and the strengthening of the Associate nations is key to this. The best Associate teams need the global...
  • World Cup 2015: What to expect from the minnows January 20, 2015

    The cricket World Cup over the years has been a place for the minnows where you can showcase your talent, although giving an opportunity to a side after every four years neither does any good to their confidence nor does it help their cricket grow. Some of the minnows, like...
  • Max Sorensen replaces Tim Murtagh in Irish World Cup 2015 squad January 18, 2015

    London: Max Sorensen has replaced injured Middlesex seamer Tim Murtagh in Ireland's squad for the upcoming World Cup, team officials announced on Sunday. Murtagh suffered a foot fracture during an Ireland training camp in Dubai, where the squad are based ahead of the World Cup, on January 7 and underwent surgery...
  • In the quest for ICC Cricket World Cup January 17, 2015

    Losing my NSW player contract in mid-2000 seemed to spell the end of all the hopes and aspirations I had held of playing international cricket. Coming shortly after the birth of my first child, I was devastated and for a time I questioned whether I would even continue to play...
  • World Cup 2015: Analysing the four qualifiers January 10, 2015

    Afghanistan: Afghanistan has been drawn against host nations, Australia and New Zealand (my outside tip for the tournament), and 1996 champion Sri Lanka. I predict that all three will be too good for it and, therefore, it will be targeting the other three sides in its pool. England's 50-over form...
  • World Cup squads: Porterfield skipper as Ireland name their final 15 January 5, 2015

    Ireland coach Phil Simmons has kept faith with the squad touring the United Arab Emirates for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The 15 players in the UAE will stay in the squad for the World Cup, which starts in February. There is no place for experienced pace bowler...
  • Spanish lawmakers pass symbolic motion on eventual recognition of Palestine November 19, 2014

    Madrid: Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognise Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-running conflict. The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, received the backing of all the political groups of the...
  • Jesse Ryder's rapid century ramps up selection pressure October 23, 2014

    Jesse Ryder has kept pressure on New Zealand's selectors to re-consider his exile from international cricket by smashing a century from 39 balls for Otago against Ireland in a limited-overs match. Ryder hasn't been selected for New Zealand since he was involved in a late night drinking session on the eve...
  • Woman awarded 28,000 Euros after falling off her own toilet October 19, 2014

    London: A 61-year-old woman has been awarded 28,000 Euros as compensation after she fell off the toilet in her own home in Ireland. Isabela O'Sullivan was injured when a tile fell close to her while she was using the toilet of her Shankill, Dublin home in September, 2011. O'Sullivan got...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Ronaldo scores in Portugal's 1-0 win over Denmark October 15, 2014

    Balkan rivalries cast a shadow over 2016 European Championship qualifying on Tuesday as the match between Serbia and Albania in Belgrade was abandoned after an Albanian flag considered provocative by Serbian fans was flown over the stadium by a drone. English referee Martin Atkinson interrupted the match in the 41st minute...
  • Savita Halappanavar case: Nine hospital staff members disciplined September 11, 2014

    London: Nine members of an Irish medical team that treated Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar, who died after being denied a potentially lifesaving abortion when she was found to be miscarrying in 2012, have been disciplined with written warnings issued to some of them. The Health Service Executive (HSE) on Thursday confirmed...
  • Queen Elizabeth II visits 'Game of Thrones' set June 24, 2014

    London: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh met cast and production members of HBO's hit TV show 'Game of Thrones' during a tour of their set in Belfast, Northern Ireland.The US television series is partly filmed in the city's Titanic Quarter and is a focal point for Northern...
  • 'Game of Thrones' puts Northern Ireland on the map June 22, 2014

    Belfast: Giants, dragons and vengeful queens have for generations populated Northern Ireland's folk tales. Now, such creatures are visiting the land in a different version on the sets for the hit TV show "Game of Thrones." But rather than spells and destruction, they're bringing an economic boost to this...
  • UK, Ireland offer joint visa to Indian, Chinese tourists June 17, 2014

    London: Indian and Chinese tourists will soon be able to travel to the UK and Ireland on a single visa under a "groundbreaking" scheme jointly announced by both countries to boost tourism. Under a new BritishIrish visa scheme announced by Ireland's minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald, tourists and business visitors...
  • Pakistan disappointed after Ireland cancel tour June 11, 2014

    Pakistan expressed disappointment on Wednesday after Ireland cancelled a scheduled tour following a militant siege on Karachi airport that left 37 people dead, dashing hopes of reviving international cricket following a five year hiatus. A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesman said arrangements for a threematch series with associate team Ireland were...
  • Ireland, Sri Lanka's tour to Pakistan uncertain June 11, 2014

    Karachi: Uncertainty looms over the planned tours by Ireland and Sri Lankan cricket teams to Pakistan this year following the terrorist attacks at the Karachi airport. "We were going to sign an agreement with the Ireland cricket body on the sidelines of the ICC executive board meeting in Melbourne this month....
  • FIFA World Cup: Ronaldo returns as Portugal rout Irish 51 in warmup game June 11, 2014

    East Rutherford: Hugo Almeida scored two firsthalf goals and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the starting lineup as Portugal easily beat Ireland 51 on Tuesday. It was the team's final friendly before heading to Brazil for the World Cup. Ronaldo, sidelined with knee and thigh injuries since May 24 when he helped...
  • IrelandSri Lanka second ODI washed out May 8, 2014

    Dublin: The second oneday international between Ireland and Sri Lanka in Dublin on Thursday was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain. Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Smith took the decision after a 2:00pm local time (1300GMT) inspection, ruling the outfield too wet for any play. It had rained heavily overnight...
  • Dav Whatmore to help 2015 World Cup minnows May 8, 2014

    The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Thursday that Australian coach Dav Whatmore will help Afghanistan, Ireland, Scotland and the UAE prepare for the 2015 World Cup as part of the world body's High Performance Programme (HPP). Whatmore, who has previously coached Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, will work closely with...
  • Angelo Mathews buoyed by Ireland opener May 7, 2014

    Dublin: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews expects his side to improve quickly once they get used to conditions in the British Isles. Speaking after what proved to be a comfortable 79run victory over Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday, in the first of two oneday internationals before they arrive in England...
  • Ajantha Mendis stars as Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 79 runs May 6, 2014

    Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 79 runs to win the first oneday international at the Clontarf ground in Dublin on Tuesday. After losing the toss, Sri Lanka made 219 for eight in their full 50 overs before dismissing Ireland for just 140 in reply with more than 10 overs to spare. Manofthematch...
  • Sri Lanka Cricket opts for Chris Adams as consultant for England tour April 28, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday announced the appointment of Chris Adams as consultant for the national team's tour of Ireland and England. The 44year old former England player and captain of Sussex coached Surrey, the county to which Sri Lanka lost its former coach Graham Ford. The team leaves end...
  • India women draw 2-2 with Ireland, pocket hockey series 2-0 April 19, 2014

    New Delhi: The series already in their pocket, Indian eves round off their Ireland tour with a 2-2 draw against the home team in the third and final hockey Test in Dublin. India had earlier defeated Ireland 3-1 and 2-1 in the first two Tests of the tour, organised as part...
  • Sri Lanka selectors ask players to clear availability for England April 18, 2014

    Colombo: With the contract dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and the players yet to resolved, the selectors have asked players to come clear on their availability for the forthcoming tour of Ireland and England. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said the players had been asked to inform about their availability for the...
  • India hockey women beat Ireland 2-1, pocket series April 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Indian women's hockey team continued their impressive show and defeated Ireland 2-1 in a keenly-contested second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Dublin. India had earlier defeated Ireland 3-1 in the first Test of the tour, orgainsed as part of the team's...