There is speculation that Ireland and Scotland could be included in the County Championship in future, with a three-division tournament being looked at, and those nations are eager to see that come to pass.
New Ireland coach John Bracewell is not content to let Irish stocks be depleted further and will be going to Warwickshire to speak to paceman Boyd Rankin and try to convince him abandon his England Test desires.
The ICC cricket committee, chaired by former India spinner Anil Kumble, held their two-day meeting in Mumbai this week, and came up with a range of recommendations to make to the executives consider.
The one-off ODI match between England and Ireland in Dublin has been abandoned with the visitors having the hosts in trouble at 56 for four after 18 overs before the heavens opened. James Vince, Jason Roy, Zafar Ansari, Mark Wood and David Willey were given their first ODI caps for England.
The one-off ODI between England and Ireland in Dublin on Friday is in grave peril, as rain is heavily on the cards for the entire day, getting to saturation point in the afternoon.