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Cricket Ireland are keen to replace Bangladesh as hosts of the Cricket World Cup Qualifier tournament in 2018.
chief executive Warren Deutrom says Ireland are ready to step in if
the International Cricket Council [ICC] decide to move the event.
ICC chief executive
Dave Richardson said this week that the qualifier could be moved if The Tigers qualify automatically for the main
tournament, which will take place in England in the summer of 2019.
The 2019 ICC Cricket
World Cup will comprise 10 teams, with eight automatic qualifiers
joined by the two top sides from the qualifying tournament.
Bangladesh were not
expected to qualify automatically for the tournament when the ICC
awarded hosting rights for the 2018 qualifying tournament three years
However, The Tigers
have thrived in one-day cricket over the past couple of years, rising
to seventh in the rankings, above both the West Indies and Pakistan.
If Bangladesh are
still in the top eight in September 2017, they will qualify for the
World Cup automatically, and Deutrom wants the ICC to draw up
contingency plans "sooner rather than later" to give potential new
hosts time to prepare.
"The ICC need to
plan for the possibility that the event needs to be held elsewhere,
given how well Bangladesh have done recently in ODI cricket," Deutrom told the Irish Examiner.
"We respect that
Bangladesh are the current holders of the event, and that they will
only give that up if they qualify automatically.
"But, it takes
time to arrange these events. They don't happen overnight so, yes,
we will discuss this with the ICC sooner rather than later.”
Deutrom will lobby
his fellow chief executives at the ICC meeting in Edinburgh at the
end of June, and point to Ireland's successful co-hosting, with
Scotland, of the 2015 World Twenty20 qualifier.
World cricket's governing body the ICC spent
World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand and will again cover staging, travel and accommodation costs in 2018, with the host nation expected to cover ground fees, ticketing costs and in-ground broadcasting facilities.
Ireland are therefore likely to ask Scotland to again act as co-hosts in order to minimise their financial exposure.
infrastructure requirements for that many matches means a solo bid is
unlikely, so we would probably look to do something jointly," Deutrom confirmed.