Associate members to get a chance to play Test Cricket, says ICC
Associate members to get a chance to play Test Cricket, says ICC

In an attempt to fulfil the chance of the associate nations to play test cricket, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the dates for the first round of fixtures for the four-day first-class ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-17.

Associates can earn Test status: ICC
Associates can earn Test status: ICC

 The dream of associate nations to play Test cricket in all likelihood will turn into a reality as the emerging nations compete against each other in the ICC Inter-Continental Cup 2015-17 that is scheduled to start with encounter between Namibia and Hong Kong from May 10-13.

James Taylor to skipper England in ODI against Ireland
James Taylor to skipper England in ODI against Ireland

England batsman James Taylor concedes it was "massively disappointing" to be left out of the squad for the ongoing tour of West Indies but the blow has been softened by news he will captain the side in a one-day match against Ireland next week.

Yorkshire fans boo umpires after Cheteshwar Pujara's dismissal
Yorkshire fans boo umpires after Cheteshwar Pujara's dismissal

India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara's contentious dismissal in an English County Championship match between Yorkshire and Warwickshire created a mini-controversy as some of the home team fans booed the umpires at the end of the day's play.

James Taylor in line to lead new-look England against Ireland
James Taylor in line to lead new-look England against Ireland

James Taylor could find himself captain of a much-changed England one-day side when the squad to play Ireland is announced on Tuesday.

Northern Ireland fields first-ever Sikh candidate for UK polls

 A 31-year-old Sikh politician will be the first Indian-origin candidate to contest in the UK General Elections from Northern Ireland on May 7.

RugbyU: Frenzied Six Nations sends out World Cup warning

The frenzied finale to the Six Nations that saw Ireland defend their title on an unprecedented day of 27 tries in three games comes as a timely reminder to the southern hemisphere giants ahead of this year`s Rugby World Cup.

Six Nations: England`s Mike Brown fumes over Scottish, Italian flops
Six Nations: England`s Mike Brown fumes over Scottish, Italian flops

England full-back Mike Brown has slammed the lacklustre efforts of Scotland and Italy that helped deny his side the Six Nations crown.

Conor Murray backs Ireland to make World Cup impact after Six Nations triumph
Conor Murray backs Ireland to make World Cup impact after Six Nations triumph

Ireland scrum half Conor Murray says his side`s Six Nations triumph shows they are ready to make a major impact at the World Cup.

Ireland fetes St Patrick`s as PM rejects Irish cliches

Hundreds of thousands of green-clad revellers partied in Ireland for Saint Patrick`s Day on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Enda Kenny hit out at Irish stereotypes following comments from Australian PM Tony Abbott.

Ireland's George Dockrell hopes to be back for another World Cup
Ireland's George Dockrell hopes to be back for another World Cup

Ireland's George Dockrell on Monday said he was hoping to be back at the ICC World Cup 2019 in England.

Rumble in the rectory: Irish priest takes to the ring

An Irish Catholic priest gave a whole new meaning to "white collar boxing" at the weekend after taking to the ring to battle a parishioner in a charity fight.

Misbah-ul-Haq senses World Cup within Pakistan`s reach
Misbah-ul-Haq senses World Cup within Pakistan`s reach

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq insisted Sunday there was no reason why his team could not be crowned World Cup champions after they saw off Ireland by seven wickets to qualify for the quarter-finals.

World Cup 2015: Associates have justified World Cup spot, says Irish skipper
World Cup 2015: Associates have justified World Cup spot, says Irish skipper

Even if Ireland fail to make the quarter-finals of the cricket World Cup they and the other associate members have shown enough promise to warrant inclusion in future tournaments, skipper William Porterfield said on Saturday.

Windies' World Cup dream hinges on weather gods
Windies' World Cup dream hinges on weather gods

The West Indies will have one eye on the skies and the other on the scoreboard as they seek to keep their World Cup campaign alive in a must-win clash with the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

I'm worried about Pakistan batting: Shoaib Akhtar
I'm worried about Pakistan batting: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar is worried about the team's inconsistent batting ahead of its clash against giant-killers Ireland in a must-win final pool B league encounter of the cricket World Cup in Adelaide on Sunday.

Cricket World cup 2015: Pakistan `just another game`, says Ireland`s William Porterfield
Cricket World cup 2015: Pakistan `just another game`, says Ireland`s William Porterfield

Ireland captain William Porterfield is confident his side has prepared well for Sunday`s must-win World Cup match against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval, but insisted it was just another game.

ICC World Cup 2015, Pakistan vs Ireland: Preview
ICC World Cup 2015, Pakistan vs Ireland: Preview

Plucky Ireland take on buoyant Pakistan in a winner-takes-all World Cup clash at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday that promises an enthralling encounter between two highly combustible teams.

ICC World Cup: Grant Flower urges Pakistan's top-order batsmen to step up
ICC World Cup: Grant Flower urges Pakistan's top-order batsmen to step up

Pakistan`s top order should show "more spine" if they are to progress in the World Cup, the team`s batting coach Grant Flower said.

Ireland fury over 'vicious personal attack' on Mooney

The Zimbabwe and Ireland teams at the World Cup united Wednesday to condemn a newspaper article which mocked Irish all-rounder John Mooney`s battle with alcohol and depression.