Cricket legend calls for Ireland promotion

John Mooney hit the winning runs for Ireland at the World Cup

John Mooney hit the winning runs for Ireland at the World Cup

Ireland’s World Cup victory over West Indies has convinced cricket legend Michael Holding they deserve to be granted immediate Test status.

International Cricket Council constitution, updated last year, provides a pathway for Ireland and other aspiring nations to play Tests in the foreseeable future.

Even so, there remain those who fear a 'glass ceiling', not least for a country like Ireland who – without Test status – continue to run the risk of losing their best players to neighbouring England.

They nonetheless began their World Cup campaign with a four-wicket win over the Windies in Nelson on Sunday, a performance former pace-bowling great Holding believes is stronger evidence than ever that Ireland should be fast-tracked.

Holding, part of the Windies' much-feared seam attack in their glory days during the 1970s and 80s, told Wisden India: "Ireland need to be recognised now.

"It's about time … if they continue to linger around the lower regions of world cricket they'll continue to lose good cricketers.

"(Eoin) Morgan left Ireland to play for England because he saw brighter prospects."

Ireland's next match in the cricket World Cup will come against United Arab Emirates next Wednesday.

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