Why the associates have sent a strong message to the ICC: “don’t take away our spots in the World Cup.”
It took just five matches before an associate nation decided that sitting in the shadows was going to be a thing of the past.
That team was Ireland, whose emphatic win against the West Indies was a testament to four years of hard work leading up to the World Cup. No longer was such a win an upset, instead the premise of building an organisation that wanted to achieve success. Ireland made the history books well before that though, beating England in 2011 and Pakistan in 2007 – something no-one was expecting at the time. Continue reading