Andy Balbirnie joined his Ireland Cricket team-mates in calling on the ICC to give them more One Day Internationals and a clearer pathway to the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
If the ICC get their way, the World Cup would be reduced to 10 teams and Ireland would be forced to enter a separate qualifier, in Bangladesh, with the two lowest ranked full member nations; likely to be Bangladesh and Zimababwe.
The decision has been lampooned by cricketers, commentators and fans alike, with West Indies legend Michael Holding calling for Ireland to receive Test status immediately.
It is no surprise, then, that Balbirnie was also critical of the ICC's attitude towards the emerging nations like Ireland and Afghanistan.
He said: We are a very good side with good youngsters coming through like Craig Young and Peter Chase.
“Any chance we can play the full member nations we take seriously. It's a shame we can't get some sort of series going with England. Instead of playing one ODI every two years, it'd be good to have a two or three ODI series.
“We're looking forward to facing England and Australia but it'd be good to face Zimbabwe and Bangladesh more regularly as we believe we are better than them.
“We fear that with ranking points determining World Cup spots, they will be scared of facing us.
“It is disappointing that the ICC are doing this. They need to look at themselves and their priorities.
“Rugby want to expand their World Cup to include more teams and it is the only sport contracting.
“There's a fear young people will be put off the game if there is little chance of playing at a World Cup.”
England qualify for the tournament as hosts, even though they were outperformed by Ireland, winning two games to the Boys in Green's three.
Ireland are looking to earn Test status in the future and Balbirnie would love the chance to represent his country in the ultimate form of the game.
“Having Test status would be great for Irish cricket and inspire the next generation of youngsters looking to represent their country.
“There is a pathway now and we will be giving our utmost to win the Intercontinental Cup to give us a chance of reaching that goal.”