Kyle McCallan has urged the ICC to consider tinkering with the format of the World T20 after Ireland and Netherlands hopes of progression were ended by rain. Irelands match with Bangladesh was abandoned after just eight overs in Dharamsala, while Netherlands were unable to take to the field against Oman because of the weather.Former Ireland star McCallan admits his countrymen, who lost their opener to Oman by two wickets on Wednesday, underperformed in India. There was a two-week qualification tournament where lots of teams put in a lot of time, money, effort and sacrifice and it seems farcical to me that your fate can be decided with one wash-out. Kyle McCallan But he feels Associate sides hard-work in qualification is going somewhat unrewarded with no rain days allocated, describing the situation as almost farcical.There was a two-week qualification tournament where lots of teams put in a lot of time, money, effort and sacrifice and it seems farcical to me that your fate can be decided with one wash-out, McCallan told Sky Sports. William Porterfields Ireland are out of the World T20 I find it hard to accept that we cant have a rain day, even though you want the tournament to be short, sharp and sweet, as there is so much riding on this in terms of revenue and growing the game.McCallan also wants Ireland to be granted more fixtures against high-quality opposition, which they will get later this year when they play limited-overs games against Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.You can set out as many cones in training as you want, bowl as many Yorkers as you like and play games where no one is watching, added the ex-spinner. Ireland out of World T20 Associate nation eliminated after Bangladesh wash-out But its only when TV cameras appear, you have the pressure to qualify and there are consequences of failure that you learn and get the opportunity to improve.Ed Joyce, meanwhile, would like to see Irelands players gain more experience in domestic T20 tournaments, something Englands Adil Rashid enjoyed this winter while playing for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash.I love four-day and Test cricket - its what I grew up watching - but maybe we have to concentrate on Twenty20, and getting guys over to England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, added the Irishman.Even if they dont play in the games [they can learn from the environment]. Ed Joyce and Kyle McCallan joined Ian Ward in the World T20 Zone to give us a sweeping masterclass See if Ireland can end their World T20 campaign on a high by beating Netherlands on Sunday. That game is live on Sky Sports 2 from 9am. Also See: Ireland dumped out ICC World T20 squads WATCH: Best of 2014 World T20 Pick your Ultimate World T20 XI Steve Francis Jersey
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NOTES: Rangers opening day starter Matt Harrison, whose season ended after his second outing on April 6 because of back problems that required surgery twice in a span of nine days to repair a herniated disc, is scheduled to undergo Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery on his right side in Dallas on Monday. Harrison missed the final three months of the 2009 campaign because of the same ailment, then won 18 games last season to tie Kenny Rogers 2004 club record for left-handers. ... Andrus stole his 36th and 37th bases, tying his career best from 2011. ' ' '