Ireland have established themselves as one of the giant killers in the ICC events and have created history in the past and have caused an upset in the previous ICC World Cups.
However, with the next World Cup supporting a new format in which only ten teams will play Ireland will have to toil hard to make it to the event.
Ireland will try to make it to their fourth successive World Cup when they face the Netherlands in Harare.
The tournament in 2019 will take place in England, and be a British country playing in the tournament will definitely give a major boost to the game in the country.
If they fail to make it to the event, then this failure could also be a setback for cricket in the country.
The number of teams participating in the tournament has reduced majorly in the last three editions. From 16 in 2007 to 14 in 2011 and 2015, the number has come down to 10 in this edition.
With top eight ranked teams in the ICC ranking qualifying automatically, only two more spots are for the grab for which ten teams are vying in the ongoing qualifiers.
Ireland are on an exceptional 12 games unbeaten run since the inception of new coaching staff comprising head coach Graham Ford and bowling coach Rob Cassell.
Fast bowler Peter Chase says the new system has inherited positivity in the team. He said,
“Graham has a lot of experience, and he’s a great people person, so onwards and upwards,”
He is also grateful for the efforts of the previous coach John Bracewell.
“Bracewell had a lot to do with the improvements – I know the performances are coming together now, but the work he did with us got us here. I can’t speak highly enough of John. All the work he did is coming to fruit now.”
He added Cassell has also made a big difference.
“Rob is probably my first real out-and-out bowling coach. I’ve been improving all the time, improving skills. We’ve done a lot of work on slower balls and different change-ups rather than being a pure pace bowler. He’s been getting me used to the mental side of being a bowler like setting fields, taking ownership of it, so I don’t have to rely on ‘Purdy’ all the time.”
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