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Joyce cleared for Ireland

November 10, 2010

Yesterday the ICC made an announcement confirming that they will be reducing Ed Joyce’s time period between two countries, thus allowing him to play for Ireland in the upcoming world cup. However, they declined Irish passport holder, Hamish Marshall, clearance. This means that Marshall will have to wait until April to play for Ireland.

Marshall was announced in Ireland’s original 17 man squad to go on the tour of India, and Marshall did travel to India with the team. Although since he has not received clearance from the ICC he will not be partaking in the world cup. This means that Ireland will have to call up another player to replace Marshall in the squad.

As an Irish cricket fan I have to say it is great to have a player of Joyce’s calibre back playing for us again. I personally feel that the Irish bowling is a strong line up, but we are continuously let down by are batters who, are good, but can be quite inconsistent.

While a player who has been playing consistently for Ireland for the duration of their career may now lose their place to either Joyce or Marshall is not exactly fair, I can not, in no way, blame the Irish selectors for choosing the best players at their disposal. I just really like the fact that Joyce and Marshall, are basically ‘having their cake and eating it too’

But in the end it’s about results and if having Joyce as an opening batsman in the world cup means that Ireland may, once again, qualify for the super eight stage then that is how it goes. I do feel for whoever it is that loses their place, but statistics don’t lie and if they want their place back they will have to fight for it, just as it is in every sport.

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