Cricket Ireland have come under scrutiny in the last few days after announcing plans, last week, to make six cricket development officers redundant.
The officers were informed by a letter last week and they are still unclear as to whether their jobs are safe or not.
Quite extraordinary decision that will further compromise the future of the game on the island
— Odran Flynn (@OdranFly) October 26, 2018
Cricket Ireland have since released a statement, stating their position on the matter.
“There is absolutely no intention to invest less in our development programme, but is actually the transference of responsibility and accountability to the Provincial Unions objectives which are clearly flagged in our strategy”.
They also add that,
“As such, regionally-based development roles – of which there are six in total – that currently sit within the Cricket Ireland structure are potentially impacted by these proposals and the relevant staff have been informed and consultation has begun on the way forward.”
Many of the provincial unions in Ireland are not in a position to be paying for additional staff, most notably Munster and the North West, who struggle currently with their budget to adequately grow the game in the region.
The growth of the game is at a delicate crossroad across the island and this bombshell could now hamper the great work done by the CDOs.
Meanwhile, the Cricket Ireland awards night is still going ahead as planned, despite calls from many fans to cancel the annual event.
The nominations for the awards were announced on Monday with Tim Murtagh, Boyd Rankin and Paul Stirling all nominated for the Men’s International Player of the Year.
Laura Delany, Cecilia Joyce and Gaby Lewis are up for the Women’s International Player of the Year award.
Other Awards Shortlist
– Women’s Super 3’s: Cecilia Joyce (Dragons), Isobel Joyce (Scorchers), Lara Maritz (Dragons)
– Men’s Interprovincial: Andrew Balbirnie (Leinster), George Dockrell (Leinster), William Porterfield (NW)
– Female Youth International: Leah Paul, Aisling Byrne, Louise Little
– Male Youth International: Tim Tector, Neil Rock, Harry Tector
– SP Academy (Male): Tyrone Kane, James McCollum, Harry Tector
– SP Academy (Female): Lara Maritz, Cara Murray, Rebecca Stokell
– Male Club: John Anderson (Merrion), Adam Dennison (Waringstown), Murtaza Sidiqi (Limeirck)
– Female Club: Isobel Joyce (Merrion), Mollie Devine (Fox Lodge), Nicky Niblock (Muckamore)
– Club: Waringstown, Templepatrick, Bready
– Groundsman: Philip McCormick, Dale McDonough, Noel McGinnis
– Official: Mary Waldron (CL), Gary Blair (NCU), Mary McElwee (NWCU)