At an Executive Board meeting on 22 January, consideration was given to a request received from Leinster Cricket that a second Munster based team be entered in the Leinster Division 2 league to fill the vacancy created by the withdrawal of North Kildare. This team would operate in addition to Cork County who have been playing in Leinster competitions since 2010 and are already part of the Division 2 structure for 2018.
It was agreed by the Executive that this invitation would be accepted and the new team would be drawn from Munster based players playing with clubs based in Munster with the exception of Cork County.
It is expected that this new team will be based at the Farmers Cross ground and will be a separate entity from the official Munster Heat Development side, which will fulfil a programme of fixtures in 2018 against the MCC, Leinster U17s and will participate in the Alan Murray T20 competition.
The Executive believe that this new team playing in Leinster Division 2 provides an excellent opportunity to increase the exposure of local Munster players at a higher level of competition and will assist in developing a larger pool of local players capable of playing for the Munster Reds in the T20 Interprovincial series and, hopefully, also the T50 Interprovincial series in the not too distant future.
The Munster Executive will now proceed to put in place the management, financial and other structures necessary to make this team work effectively and deal with all the necessary arrangements including, for example, a name for the team and matters such as the use of grass and artificial wickets. It is intended that the Munster Executive will sign off on these matters at its next meeting on 27 February.