The Irish Women’s Cricket Team can look forward to home games against England, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka over the next four years, as well as overseas tours to Pakistan, Bangladesh, India and the West Indies.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has today announced the 2022-2025 ICC Women’s Championship match-ups that form the qualification route to the ICC Women’s World Cup 2025.

This is the first time that Ireland Women are part of the ICC Women’s Championship, and – along with fellow newcomers Bangladesh – will fight it out for qualification to the 2025 ICC Women’s World Cup alongside the best in the world.

The tournament hosts have yet to be selected but they will qualify by right, along with the top five sides in the Championship standings. The two remaining spots will be identified through a global qualifier.

It is a big ask for the Irish team but playing against the best teams in a competitive environment will only aid their progress and increase the visibility of the sport among potential players of the future.

The first fixtures for Ireland in the competition will be a three-match One Day International (ODI) series against South Africa from 11-17 June at Clontarf Cricket Club. This will be preceded by a three-match T20 International series from 3rd to 8th June at Pembroke Cricket Club.

“We’re really looking forward to the championship starting,” said Ireland Captain Laura Delany.

“To have South Africa here on home soil first up is a brilliant opportunity for us. We know it’ll be a bit of a challenge, but since the introduction of the full-time contracts, it’s allowed us to have more contact time with our coaches,and also to spend more time going through video footage and looking at their strengths and weaknesses.”

“We know South Africa are a quality side, but we’re just itching to get out there now.”

“This has been an aim for the Irish women’s team, not just for the last 24 months, but since the introduction of the championship.”

“Every team wants to be involved, the standard of cricket is growing and the only way as a team that you’re going get better is if you’re playing competitive cricket on a regular basis so to be included and to have the opportunity to play against these quality sides over the next few years is a brilliant opportunity for us.”

All of the summer matches will be livestreamed and available at www.livestream.com/CricketIrelandLive.

The tickets only cost €5 for adults with children attending for free.

 

 

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