The Irish men’s Cricket team will be the first representative team to take to full competition since the easing of the lockdown when they face England in a three-match One Day International series between July 30 and August 4.
The matches will take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
The matches represent Ireland’s first fixtures as part of the new World Cup Super League – the qualification process for the 2023 ICC World Cup.
The Ireland Men’s cricket team last played internationally when it beat Afghanistan in a dramatic T20I Super Over finish on 10 March. The fixtures against England were originally planned for September, however, at the request of the England & Wales Cricket Board, Ireland agreed to bring the games forward.
To comply with public health directives in England and satisfy requirements of public health authorities in the Republic and Northern Ireland, the three fixtures will be held within a bio-secure venue, with the squad leaving on 18 July from Dublin airport on a special charter flight.
The team will be transferred to a hotel that is within the grounds of the Ageas Bowl and stay until their departure on 5 August. The players and support staff will be tested a week before departure, on arrival and regularly during their stay. This testing complements the current regime already in place since the squad resumed training three weeks ago.
The Irish players, support staff and Irish Cricketers Association received a briefing from the ECB last week on the bio-secure protocols, and all players and coaches have subsequently confirmed that they will make themselves available, if selected.
“If we go back only a few months, we were staring down the potential loss of the entire season and we certainly didn’t expect to be preparing to take on the world champions in July,” said Cricket ireland CEO Warren Deutrom.
“But here we are and the prospect has certainly given a lift to the Irish cricket community, and I believe will indeed give a lift to the wider Irish public when they see one of their national sides back out on the field of play.”
“It has been a while in the planning, but we are delighted to finally confirm the series and – as always – relish the chance to take on England. While playing our near neighbours will be motivation enough for our players, with these being World Cup Super League matches, there is more than just pride on the line – there is a possible World Cup qualification at stake.”
- 18 July: Squad departs from Dublin for ODI Training Camp
- 22 July: Practice match
- 26 July: Ireland v England Lions (warm-up match)
- 30 July: 1st ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)
- 1 August: 2nd ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)
- 4 August: 3rd ODI v England (day/night, starts 2pm)
- 5 August: Squads returns to Dublin