Ireland Women v Scotland Women T20I Series 2021 – Fixtures, Squads – All you need to Know
There will be a four-match T20 International Series between Ireland Women and Scotland Women later in May 2021 to be played at Stormont, Northern Ireland – the first home women’s international for Ireland since May 2019, and the first women’s international hosted at Stormont since 1997.
The long-awaited return to the international arena for Ireland Women comes after a run of series and tour cancellations during 2020 – including two scheduled series against Scotland – but with two world cup qualifying campaigns set for 2021, Ireland Women head coach Ed Joyce is keen to see as much international cricket as possible over coming months:
“It goes without saying that we’re pleased to see this series given the green light – with a T20 World Cup Qualifier set for August and a 50-over World Cup Qualifier in December, we need to play as much competitive cricket this year as we can.”
“The Scots will be a good challenge, and ICC ranking points will be on the line, so we’re very much gearing up for a competitive series. It will also be fantastic to see the Ireland Women’s international team play at Stormont for the first time since 1997.”
“The players application and attitude over the last frustrating 18-20 months has been amazing, so this series is a welcome relief to the group. In addition, we’re also hopeful of having a full and varied fixture list for the team before both sets of qualifiers later this year.”
Ireland Women’s captain Laura Delany said:
“I’m absolutely delighted at the prospect of wearing the Irish shirt again. It’s been some time since we’ve played an international game so we’re definitely looking forward to getting back out there. We have worked hard over the winter period, now we need games to assess where we are at.”
“It’s important for the development and growth of the women’s game that our fixtures are spread across the country. To play at Stormont will not only be a fantastic experience for the players, but will be a boost for the women’s game in Northern Ireland.”
“Despite the disappointments of 2020, I know the squad are looking forward to the Scotland series with great anticipation and hopefully this is the first of a good block of fixtures in the lead up to the qualifiers.”
Following the announcement of their sponsorship extension of the Ireland Women’s team, Niall Franklin from Hanley Energy said:
“Like all fans for Irish women’s cricket, we are delighted to see the Ireland Women’s senior team return to action in 2021.”
“To pull on the Irish jersey is an honour at the best of times, but the depth of feeling on the 23rd of May will be profound for many who have waited 18 months to play international cricket once more. We wish the team well and will be cheering them on as they take on the Scots.”
Angela Platt, General Manager of Northern Cricket Union, said:
“We are delighted to host the Ireland Women’s series at the end of May – the first time the side has played in the NCU region since 2016. Just the fact these games are being played in Northern Ireland will be a boost for women and girl’s cricket across the northern unions. While it is still unclear whether we will be able to allow spectators at that stage, I hope this will be the first of many women’s internationals we will see here over coming years.”
Scotland will be led by Kathryn Bryce with sister Sarah acting as vice captain in the squad of 14 named by new Head Coach Mark Coles. Also joining the tour will be Abtaha Maqsood, the third Scotland player to feature in The Hundred later this summer with Ikra Farooq and Alisa Lister both in line to make their full international debut.
"It's great to finally have international cricket to look forward to," said Coles, who took up the full-time Head Coach role just over a month ago. "It's been a long wait for the players and I know they can't wait to get out there again. We've got a good mix of youth and experience in the team so this will be a good yardstick for me to see where we are currently and the work that lies ahead of us as we head into World Cup and Commonwealth Games qualifiers.”
Cricket Scotland and Cricket Ireland have been working hard behind the scenes for several months to make a series happen between the two teams. Mostly recently, an attempt to play on neutral ground in Spain in March was thwarted at the last minute by an extension of Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Cricket Scotland CEO Gus Mackay is delighted to know that the matches are finally going ahead:
"I want to thank Cricket Ireland High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth and all of his team for the effort that they have put into making this series possible. Our women's side have a crucial year ahead of them and being able to play competitive international cricket in preparation for that is absolutely essential. I'm grateful to everyone involved for making this happen and looking forward to seeing both teams out on the pitch in Belfast."
Ireland Women’s Squad (TBA)
Scotland Women’s Squad - Kathryn Bryce (Captain), Sarah Bryce (Vice Captain), Becky Glen, Lorna Jack, Abbi Aitken-Drummond, Ikra Farooq, Abtaha Maqsood, Samantha Haggo, Katie Mcgill, Priyanaz Chatterji, Ailsa Lister, Katherine Fraser, Ellen Watson, Megan McColl
Fixture Schedule - Ireland Women v Scotland Women T20I Series 2021
• 23 May: Ireland Women v Scotland Women, 1st T20I (Stormont)
• 24 May: Ireland Women v Scotland Women, 2nd T20I (Stormont)
• 26 May: Ireland Women v Scotland Women, 3rd T20I (Stormont)
• 27 May: Ireland Women v Scotland Women, 4th T20I (Stormont)
Cricket Ireland will work with Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland and the Sport Expert Group to ensure all fixtures comply with the COVID-19 protocols in place as the season rolls out.
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