England vs Ireland ODI series confirmed
Ireland team are set to travel England to play three one-day internationals (ODIs) after the English Cricket Board agreed to host a series against the Irish. The schedule of the series has been already framed.
England, will take on Andy Balbirnie’s squad with the first match on Thursday, 30 July. The next two 50-over games will be held on Saturday, 1 August and Tuesday, 4 August at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The three matches Test series against the West Indies, are likely to take place behind closed doors, and hence Ireland will also play behind closed doors against England.
Interestingly, England’s first Test against Pakistan is schet to be played at Lord’s the same time as the ODIs against Ireland. That means the host will have two squads in action at the same time one will be playing Test against Pakistan ,another ODI against Ireland.
However, the news of the series is a relief to Cricket Ireland. Meanwhile, they lost their men’s and women’s sides all summer games. They hadn’t played a game since the three-game ODI series against Afghanistan in India in March for the last time. Their prescheduled series against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, New Zealand and Pakistan all cancelled.
After, Cricket Australia chairman Earl Eddings admitting that staging a World Cup in Australia this year in the midst of a global Covid-19 pandemic “unrealistic” it is a big disappointment for them as they had qualified to play in the World Cup.
Balbirnie and his squad eager and ready to get back into international cricket while there is a possibility that a limited number of spectators will be allowed into the stadium by England authority.
England v Ireland Men’s series
Thursday, 30 July – England v Ireland 1st ODI, Ageas Bowl
Saturday, 1 August – England v Ireland 2nd ODI, Ageas Bowl
Monday, 3 August – England v Ireland 3rd ODI, Ageas Bowl