New status is massive news for the sport in Fingal
Local Fianna Fail TD Darragh O’Brien has welcomed the news that Cricket Ireland is to receive full test status following a review carried out by the International Cricket Council.
He commented, “There has been a long tradition of Cricket in Fingal and the sport is played by hundreds of people across the county. The great news for Fingal is that international games are played in Malahide as it is the only international size cricket ground in the Republic of Ireland. I've been delighted over the years to have assisted and supported the expansion and development of this facility.
“The significance of this announcement for Irish Cricket should not be underestimated. Full test playing status is a game changer for the sport in our community and I believe it will lead to further growth and development in the sport.
“The leadership of Cricket Ireland deserves our thanks and praise for their work to secure this success today. They took the long view, and worked hard, to achieve their aim.
“The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport must now step up and work with Cricket Ireland to support the sport’s growth across the country. There has been no greater time to examine the need to develop a national cricket stadium to allow the sport continue to prosper,” concluded O’Brien.