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Voices supporting associate nations grow louder after Ireland win

New Delhi: Ireland registered their third win at the ICC World Cup 2015 on Sunday after edging out Zimbabwe in a thriller.

Ireland posted their best ever ODI score of 331 for eight with Ed Joice scoring 112 and Andy Balbirnie 97 as the two batsmen shared a 138-run stand for the third wicket after they were invited to bat.

Zimbabwe put up a valiant fight through skipper Brendon Taylor, who smashed a fighting 121, and Sean Williams who played a superb knock of 96.

World cricket is embroiled in a debate over the role of associate nations going forward.

The ICC has hinted at pruning the number of teams at the quadrennial event in England 2019.

While some feel there is need for greater participation of associate nations, others feel the game's lawmakers need to think long and hard before making a decision.

However, after brave performances from associate teams with Ireland at the forefront, the cricketing fraternity, voices in support of the minnows seem to be growing louder than ever.

With agency inputs 

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