The Ireland cricket team plays all three forms of international cricket, those are test matches, ODIs and T20. Cricket was introduced in Ireland around the 19th century, and it played its first match in 1855 against England. This is where they beat them with 107 runs making cricket one of the most popular sports in the country. Now it has become the 11th member of ICC(international cricket council) along with test status, which was awarded on 22 June 2017.
IRELAND NATIONAL CRICKET TEAM
THE JOURNEY OF IRELAND CRICKET TEAM
Today, as in 2020, the cricket team Ireland ICC ranking in all three major forms is 12th. It played its first test match with Pakistan at The Village Stadium, Dublin in May 2018. The match ended with a victory for Ireland and Pakistan lost by 3 wickets. Moreover, the team started its ODI by playing England at Stormont, Belfast in June 2006. Moving on to T20 internationals, Ireland played its first T20 match with Scotland at Stormont, Belfast in August 2008. Ireland qualified for the international cricket world cup for the first time in 2007 and managed to grab 8th position among 16 international teams.
In test matches, Kevin O Brien has scored a maximum of 258 runs till now, whereas Tim Murtagh has fetched the maximum 13 test wickets. Moreover, In ODIs Paul Stirling has the highest total score of 4,121 runs, whereas Kevin O’Brien has taken a maximum of 113 wickets. Both these are all-rounders and right-handed batsmen. If we talk about the accolades, Ireland cricket team has managed to win three European Championship and one Triple Crown tournament. In test matches, the lowest score of Ireland till date is 38 runs against England in July 2019 at Lord’s, whereas the best score 339 which it scored against Pakistan.
The ODI records are quite applauding as Ireland has scored 331 runs as their maximum score against Zimbabwe and Australia in 2015 and 2018, respectively. But, in 2007, Ireland was smashed by Sri Lanka, scoring just 77 runs, which is their lowest ODI runs till now. Ireland has four international cricket grounds, which are in Dublin, Belfast, Malahide, and Magheramason. Among these, The Village, stadium in Malahide is the largest stadium In Ireland with a total capacity of 11,500 people which was established in 1861. The Ireland women cricket team is also emerging gradually. In fact, women played their first cricket world cup before the men Ireland national cricket team.