CRICKET Ireland reported a surplus of £1.34million for the year 2020 but with virtually no match action last year, the funds are already committed to rescheduled fixtures this year.

In chairman Ross McCollum’s Annual Report to yesterday’s virtual Annual General Meeting, he said: “Like the rest of the sporting sector we expect the business impact from the pandemic to endure well beyond 2020 and it will take a period of time for our revenues to recover the level of 2019.

“We envisage of range of uncertainties associated with Covid-19 which will result in Cricket Ireland re cording higher costs than expected due to factors like honouring rescheduled fixtures, the spike in demand for temporary infrastructure, costs of biosecurity around our events and provision of PPE.

“So what looks like a positive financial outcome, masks the true position which is these funds will do nothing more than cover our projected 2021 deficit".

Cricket Ireland have already committed to hosting nine men’s internationals, 30 inter-provincials and 12 Super Series games plus a number of women’s internationals which will be announced this week.

However, McCollum, who will end a 10-year term as chairman at next year’s AGM, remains positive.

“Despite these challenges we remain steadfast in our belief in a bright future for cricket in Ireland and are focused on ensuring our foundations remain solid so we can bounce back stronger from the grassroots up.”

Former North Leinster player Brian McNeice, the current president of Clontarf and with 30 years of experience in consulting across a range of industries, will succeed McCollum as chairman, with responsibility for guiding Cricket Ireland through the next ICC rights cycle and the international playing calendar from 2023-31.

Joining the board as the Independent member is Gary Keegan, a former Performance Director of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association, who replaces the outgoing Greg Molins. But after six years as Company Secretary, and almost 45 years of continuous service with Cricket Ireland, Murray Power has stepped down.

Sam Beckett and Peter McMorran are the NCU representatives on the Board and Brian Dougherty will represent the North West union. Philip Black, from the Civil Service North Club continues as president, his term extended by 12 months at the previous AGM because of the pandemic.