the Irish cricket team held Test matches at a temporary venue in Malahide,
which had proven costly. Since Ireland’s ascension to becoming one of 12 Test
nations in 2017, the team have only played three full matches.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Warren Deutrom, chief
executive of Cricket Ireland said: "What's different is that the
facilities being envisioned by the government are permanent facilities,"
is extremely costly to put in place all of the permanent infrastructure which
is required to satisfy the International Cricket Council's exacting criteria to
be able to host international cricket against the best teams in the world.
costs us €100,000s per year. That is clearly financially unsustainable, it has
been for years. We would much prefer to be putting that funding into the game
also incredibly environmentally unsustainable to have trucks, all this
infrastructure moving in and out and being erected and dismantled on an annual
a place to call our own in Dublin is exactly what we need for a sport of our
size and stature in Irish sport.
pays? That's going to be a discussion we enter into with the government. At
this stage it's too early to provide any insight into that element. Ownership
and renting is a discussion we need to have with the government."
plans come after Ireland made a joint bid with England and Scotland to host the
Men’s T20 World Cup in 2030.
order to co-host the World Cup in 2030 the ICC has a requirement that the
canvas on which the tournament is going to be played is going to be
world-class," said Deutrom.
going to be showing off our nation to a worldwide television audience of
hundreds of millions. We need to ensure that we can hold our heads up high and
demonstrate that we're capable of doing it, and that our infrastructure is
commensurate with the eyeballs on us.
is the world's second biggest sport and our infrastructure should be
commensurate with our status within the game. When we host the world's biggest
teams it simply isn't appropriate that we're asking them to change in marquees,
especially when our competitors have sporting cathedrals like Lord's or the
Melbourne Cricket Ground.
our biggest matches, against the likes of England or India, we can get 10,000
people into the ground. We had two games against India last year and they sold
out within a couple of days."
2028 we think it's a realistic possibility that we'll be asked to host an ICC
qualifying event, which means that the year before, in 2027, we really need to
be playing international cricket. And therefore we need to be playing domestic
cricket in 2026.
takes three years for pitches to be built and settle in Irish conditions, which
effectively means we need to start building the green stuff this year."