Cricket Ireland has formally started Phase One of a high-performance world-class training hub in west Dublin at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.
David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive, was present this week in Dublin at the official launching of the latest world-class Cricket Ireland High-Performance Centre. This signified the International Cricket Council making noteworthy spending in the Irish cricket’s future.
The training hub (worth €700,000) is stage one of the project and is located the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus. It includes a 3000-meter square grass covered fielding practice area, 16 grass and 5 artificial practice wickets, and a world-class bowling machine tech.
Since 2013, the ICC has worked in affiliation with Cricket Ireland backing the initiative with an investment of $450,000 via the ICC Development Programme Facilities Fund. This fund has offered Associate Members support to design top-notch facilities. This is the final initiative in the program that had backed the Cricket Finland, the Emirates Cricket Board, and Cricket PNG with investment from ICC to construct facilities.
Speaking of Cricket Ireland, Afghanistan and Ireland will revamp their very old rivalry in their next 6-match series involving 3 ODIs and 3 T20 games.
“Afghanistan and Ireland have had some great meetings in recent times and I hope this series to be the same,” claimed Graham Ford, Ireland head coach, to the media in an interview. “We have operated in 4 one-day internationals in the past 1 Year with the outcomes being mostly victorious.
“There is much more to work on, but I am happy with the development we are making. I expect our players to have a little extra included incentive considering that the previous clash was the effectual final for World Cup Qualifier that we did not perform well on the day,” he further added to the media.