Ireland have been an Associate member of the International Cricket Council since 1993, but their history of cricket goes back to much before — till the match against The Gentlemen of England team in 1855.
They played sporadically in the following years against the likes of Scotland, USA and Canada, but in the 20th century Ireland will be remembered for beating West Indies in 1928 and 1969. The latter is considered to be a phenomenal achievement as the mighty West Indies were bowled out for 25.
An equally impressive win was registered in 2004 against another formidable West Indies side, and finished second in the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2005. As a result, they qualified for the ICC World Cup 2007.
They produced one of the greatest upsets in World Cup cricket by beating Pakistan by three wickets to progress to the Super Eights at their opposition’s expense, and added a victory against Bangladesh to their list.
They qualified for their second consecutive World Cup after winning the ICC World Cup Qualifier in 2009. While playing in the World Cup, Ireland caused one of the biggest upsets in the tournament by beating England by three wickets in a run-chase of 328 runs. Kevin Brien (113 off 63 deliveries) struck the fastest century in World Cup history.
Ireland have also qualified for four World Twenty20 tournaments as well as ICC World Cup 2015, making it three times in-a-row for them. They have One-Day International status till 2018, and with some excellent performances in the World Cups, they are strong contenders for a Test status.