It is high time we start looking at teams like Ireland and Bangladesh as potential test cricket centers.
Bangladesh maybe a test nation but inadequate training has ensured that they are way behind. They are a bunch of spirited lads who have caused upsets in all 3 formats of the game. Ask Rahul Dravid or Chris Gayle for that matter. In their last home series against India they almost made Sehwag eat a humble pie. Set a target of 400 something in the final innings they made 300 against a formidable bowling side. They also vanquished West Indies albeit a second string side to win their first away series.
Ireland has, for the umpteenth time stated that they are no pushovers. It all started in the 2007 cricket world cup when they first drew with Zimbabwe and then beat Pakistan out of the blue. They also reached the super eight stages by thrashing Bangladesh. They almost ruined England’s party this year in the t20 world cup were it not for rain and Eoin. Eoin Morgan was an erstwhile Ireland player who switched loyalties to England because he wanted to play test cricket. All the more reason for international cricket council (ICC) to let Ireland play test cricket. Unlike Bangladesh, Ireland has no domestic competitions and has to play in the Friends Provident Trophy in England along with Scotland and other county sides. They have only 2 stadiums in Belfast and Dublin to host international matches.
ICC has to look into the matter and act accordingly to save them from being isolated.