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Cricketers Johnston and Cusack go pro​

Trent Johnston and Alex Cusack are Ireland’s first full-time cricketers.

Their names were confirmed yesterday by Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom at the farewell reception laid on by sponsors RSA, ahead of the squad’s departure for the World Cup Qualifying tournament in South Africa.

It is two less than was expected and one player fewer than Scotland but, according to Deutrom, Andre Botha is happy to continue playing on a retainer basis, along with the rest of the players in full-time employment outside cricket, such as school teachers Kyle McCallan and Andrew White, and Kevin O’Brien has a part-time contract with Middlesex and was lumped together with the five county professionals in the Ireland squad.

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Ireland keen to dine at cricket’s top table

The Board of Cricket Ireland is not satisfied with the senior squad being the No 1 Associate nation. Their ambition is to “gain admission to the top table of cricket”, on an equal footing with Australia, South Africa and England.

Chief Executive Warren Deutrom told the annual meeting yesterday that he has written to the International Cricket Council, asking for a pathway to join the elite, with one-day international Full Member status their target by 2012.

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ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Is All Set To Go

One month to go before the ICC World Cup Qualifier takes off in South Africa. All twelve squads have been named. In addition to the defending champions, Scotland, the other five teams that took part in the last World Cup were Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, Kenya and the Netherlands. This year the teams from Denmark, Namibia, Oman and United Arab Emirates from Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division Two and the two qualifiers from Division Three, Afghanistan and Uganda will be joining the list of this year’s contenders. This year, it is going to be a close battle between the twelve teams with each of teams trying to make it to the top four for getting qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
 
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