The first international sport involving an Irish side could be at the end of July with hopes rising that our Cricketers three One Day Internationals against England could proceed.
The England Cricket Board is expected to confirm later today that games against The West Indies will kick off their international season behind closed doors and in a biosecure location at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
If that is confirmed it will accelerate plans for Ireland to travel in the middle of the month and isolate in a hotel on the site for ten days before taking to the field.
Permission would need to be granted to travel from the Irish Government and the Stormont Assembly but it is felt that would not be unreasonably withheld.
Speaking to John Kenny of RTÉ Sport yesterday, Cricket Ireland’s Craig Easdown said that “There would have to be a lot of steps to get this done, as the squad would first have to get approval for travel and then the logistics would have to be worked out from the airport to coaches to hotel and the ground itself. The English Cricket Board is willing and so are we.”
The potential dates for the matches which would be televised live on Sky Sports are between 30th July and 6th August.
It’s another flicker of hope that life is returning to something resembling what we consider as normal.
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