Cricket Ireland announce ODI tri-series involving New Zealand and Bangladesh
Ireland, New Zealand and Bangladesh will play two matches each with a total of six matches scheduled to be held in the tri-series.
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom stated while making the announcement that the board intends to organise at least 10 ODIs per year.
Deutrom is also hoping that Ireland will be able to play more tours instead of one-off matches in order to improve their standard of the game.
“Gone are the days – we hope – of being starved of the matches we deserve,” said Deutrom.
“Rather than getting 9 or 10 ODIs in the four years between World Cups, we aim to play at least that number annually.
“For years now, we have been asking for more matches to test our players, to raise the profile of our sport, to bring in new fans, and to attract more investment – but we’ve always struggled.
“Now the ICC’s new-look ODI table has changed that, and we have the chance to become the team that John Bracewell wishes to shape – one that stays together and tours, rather than prepares purely for one-off games or major events.”
Meanwhile, former Black Caps spinner and current Ireland head coach John Bracewell stated that he will be looking forward to the series against New Zealand.
Bracewell is also happy that Ireland are able to play full International Cricket Council (ICC) members on a regular basis, which he feels will help the team progress to the next level.
“It should be a fantastic series and one which both myself and the squad will look forward to”, said Bracewell.
“We are now getting the volume of cricket that the team needs to take their cricket to the next level.
“We’re also getting series against the Full Members rather than one-off games which is great.
“We have ODI’s scheduled against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh and New Zealand over the next year at least.
“Those series will give us an excellent idea of where we at in terms of progression.
“With home advantage in at least 13 ODI’s in that period we’ll certainly have plenty of opportunities to test ourselves against quality opposition.”
Earlier this month, Ireland, who are placed 11th in the ICC ODI rankings also announced their first-ever five-match ODI series to be played in July against the 10th placed Afghanistan.
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