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Hard To Change ICC's Mind - Ed Joyce

Hard To Change ICC's Mind - Ed Joyce
Ireland's Ed Joyce expressed his frustration over ICC's decision to cut down teams for the next edition of World Cup.
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Following Ireland's impressive World Cup campaign, 'The Slog Sweep', Ireland's weekly cricket show gets in touch with the side's top-order batsman Ed Joyce.

The 36-year-old, who had a decent tournament himself, talks about several topics affecting Irish cricket particularly the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) decision to reduce the number of World Cup teams from 14 to 10.

Dwelling further upon the ICC’s decision, Joyce admits that the chances of a reversal in the cricketing body’s stand look very bleak despite Ireland’s desperate attempts.

“It will be interesting to see what happens.

“There is an ICC board meeting, this month or next month and am not sure whether they will discuss this.

“The difficulty is that next World Cup’s right’s packages have already been sold and I think my understanding is that it has been sold with nine games for India specifically in mind.

“I think it will be difficult to over-turn it.”

The ICC’s decision comes as a heart-breaking one for a team like Ireland who have shown steady progress from the 2007 World Cup onwards, improving by leaps and bounds.

According to the format for the 2019 World Cup, Ireland will have to fight it out for the final two slots with bottom-ranked teams and other Associate nations in the 2018 qualifiers.

Joyce is wary of the huge task at hand for his side but sounded hopeful of a turnaround in their fortunes.

“It is very frustrating.

“Lot of hardwork from not just the players but the coaches, support staffs, administrators has been such a waste as it is very very hard for us to qualify.

“I am not saying we can’t but we need to beat some good teams.

“Hopefully something will happen and the 2019 World Cup will expand.

“I think there should be a good balance between growing the game and making the money you need.”

Ireland became the only Associate nation to defeat two full members in a single edition of the World Cup when they beat West Indies and Zimbabwe.

Joyce hopes that Ireland’s upcoming One-Day International against England will give his side another chance to impress the cricketing world.

“We are trying to beat the drum in social media and on the main-stream media where we can.

“The bigger thing for us is we have a game against England and if we win that game again it will give us the spotlight of cricket world.”

Ireland’s performances on the field especially against the tougher opponents earned them praises from fans all over the globe on the social networks.

“There were a lot of stuff on social media.

“We got a good support and the fact that we have good interest on twitter especially but also in general, in the media in Australia especially Sky got behind us.”

Apart from the cricket fans, Ireland also gained support from several legendary ex-cricketers who voiced their support for the associate nation’s inclusion in the future ICC tournaments.

Seeming visibly happy with the overwhelming support gained by his team, Joyce attributed it to Ireland’s skills on the field.

“Pundits too really got behind us.

“Shane Warne spoke a few good things, David Lloyd obviously got behind us, Nasser Hussain and few other guys like Mike Hussey wrote articles on Irish cricket specifically.

“I think we had a good support but it was rallied by us.

“We had a better prep on how we had to go.

“There was this appetizer among fans and media on the game to expand.”

Speaking on Ireland’s World Cup campaign, Joyce who compiled 248 runs from six innings with one century and a fifty confessed that he had mixed feelings about the tournament.

Having won three out of their six league matches, Ireland missed out on a quarter-final berth by virtue of their net run rate which was inferior to West Indies.

“We initially thought if we won three games, we would be in the quarter-finals.

“We are disappointed not to be in the quarter-finals but we are pleased to have won three games beating West Indies, Zimbabwe and UAE.”

Despite failing to make the quarter-final stage of the tournament, Joyce opined that Ireland could take a lot of heart from their performances in the tournament.

“It is a double edge.

“We are disappointed on missing out on the quarter-finals and at the same we are pleased with the way we played.”

Reacting to Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom’s comments few weeks back when he said that this was the best Ireland team ever and it would be a disappointment if they fail to reach the quarter-finals, Joyce admitted Ireland had already put-up their best performance.

Looking back in hindsight, Joyce confessed that there weren't too many things Ireland can complain about regarding their performance in the tournament.

“I don’t we can honestly.

“Because there is nothing more we could have done to be honest.”

While Ireland’s batting reigned supreme in the 2015 World Cup, their bowling particularly in the pace department was a major disappointment which cost them matches.

“We batted pretty well throughout the tournament. We fielded pretty well.

“But the disappointment thing may be was the fact that we relied much on the medium pacers.

“The form showed by the pacers before the tournament and in the warm-up games, they did well initially and we struck with the same plan considering it is the best chance to win the game.

“That’s probably the only thing looking back which is disappointing.”

Ireland's first international assignment after the World Cup will be the one-off ODI series against England at home in May.

Credit: The Slog Sweep

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