Ireland await decision on Joyce comeback

A decision is to be made on whether Ed Joyce can return to the Ireland squad for next year’s World Cup.

Ed Joyce playing for England against Ireland
Ed Joyce playing for England against Ireland
Image: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

CRICKET IRELAND HAVE requested that Ed Joyce be allowed to return to the Ireland team for next year’s World Cup in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Joyce last played for England in April 2007 in an ODI against Sri Lanka. International rules state that the left-handed batsman must wait four years before switching national teams.

The rule would mean that Joyce cannot play for Ireland until 4 April 2011, but Cricket Ireland are hopeful that the former Middlesex player will be allowed play in the World Cup which begins in late  February. The finals run until 2 April.

Joyce, now playing for Sussex, has stated his intention to return to the Ireland team and should feature in the Irish training camp in Poona next month if declared eligible.

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