ICC say Dublin game shows Irish cricket is 'now a serious market'

ICC global development manager Tim Anderson says "10,000 people in Dublin on a Tuesday afternoon suggests that Ireland is becoming a very, very serious cricket market" as he watches the one-day international against England.

"Having an event like today when we can get this number of people into a game of cricket in Ireland is a big step in saying to the ICC:'There is a growing culture of cricket in this country'," said the ICC official.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said Tuesday's occasion at Malahide shows the significant progress that the sport has made in the country in recent years as it aims to secure Test status by its target date of 2020.