These Are The Games We Dream Of - Porterfield
Ireland captain William Porterfield hopes fast bowler Boyd Rankin will be the last to swap the green jersey for the red apparel of England.
The inclusion of Eoin Morgan and possible debutant Rankin - both former Irish internationals - in the England squad for tomorrow's RSA Challenge One-Day International in Malahide is a damning reminder of the lure that England have for Ireland’s best players.
However, Porterfield is confident that the progression made both on and off the field means players will no longer have to switch allegiances in the future to play at the highest level.
"Over the last few years we have lost Moggy (Eoin Morgan) and lost Boyd. It is frustrating if you lose your best players but credit to ourselves for producing those players - that is the positive we have to take out of it.
"As long as we are producing those players and ticking boxes, and showing we can host events like this, what we are capable of in Ireland - hopefully with that extra revenue, and everything like that, players won't necessarily have to take that step to go and play for England.
"To have international cricket on your own doorstep - that is hopefully what a lot of youngsters will see and in the future won't have any decision to make.
"At the minute Boyd is in that position where he has had to make that decision but in a couple of years' time I hope no-one will have to make that decision, maybe we'll be playing a Test match. You never know." Porterfield concluded.
It’s been a truly remarkable 10 years for cricket in Ireland as the sport has risen to new interest levels beyond what has ever been seen before and today’s game is another opportunity for Phil Simmons’ side to further enhance their claims to join the top table of international cricket.
"This is what I always wanted growing up as a kid. To have 10,000 people, to be playing in front of your home crowd in Dublin against England - that is what every Irish cricketer wants. That is where we are going.
"You have got that buzz floating around now. That shows where we are going and how cricket is perceived in Ireland now. It is definitely a growing sport and that culture is definitely there," the left-handed batsman explained.
Play gets underway in Malahide at 10.30am and a small amount of tickets are still available on cricketireland.ie
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