For Laura Delany, Irish women’s cricket captain, the journey to a state of professionalism has been a long time coming. Punching above their weight regularly and competing to a very high standard, Delany has seen first-hand how you go from amateur to professional.
In 2019, Ireland headed over to the West Indies for the World Cup and immediately stood out as the only team who weren’t professional.
“We found it incredibly difficult to compete against sides that were just ahead of us,” Delany explains.
“Especially given the fact that they’re able to train and play in series before they went away to the World Cup. So, at that stage, we had a few warm-up games, but every other team had been playing series against each other in the three or four-month period leading …