Basically, Ireland doesn't pay very well. While a top player for a Test nation can generally expect a game every week in a first class competition, a top player for Ireland playing in the same competition has to work a bit harder to get games. Furthermore, plenty of players would be hanging on to a career outside cricket, so they would also need to prioritise which events they can leave work for. Events like World Cup qualifiers are going to take precedence over a one off.This isn't even the strongest Ireland team. I don't understand why some Irish players aren't playing for their country.
'Ireland, already depleted by players staying with their counties and a host of others unavailable, have been struck by another late injury blow. Allrounder Alex Cusack, who won the Man-of-the-Match award on his debut against South Africa last year, has had to pull out with a broken finger. Captain Kyle McCallan, Andre Botha and Reinhardt Strydom, are the only players remaining from Ireland's last ODI, against Bangladesh, in Dhaka.'
Well, that seemed ever so pointless.