Ireland cancel Afghanistan T20Is
Ireland Cricket have cancelled the five-match T20I series against Afghanistan on account of financial troubles.
Cricket Ireland (CI) chief executive Warren Deutrom said financial pressure have increased on the board since the country gained full Test status. They are now amending the forthcoming fixtures.
Ireland have so far played three Test matches after being awarded the full membership status in June 2017. Deutrom said they have to carefully outline the future tour program as it needs a significant amount of financial investment to carry on.
In an official statement he said, “We were proud to become world cricket”s 11th Test playing nation and have a long-term commitment to that format of the game.
“Both fans and players alike have enjoyed the spectacle of Ireland competing in the Test arena, however we have been very careful in our approach to Test cricket and understand that it is a long-term proposition to build up a competitive side in the long game, and will require significant investment in permanent infrastructure before we can make regular Test cricket financially sustainable,” he said.
“We have additionally been very open about the financial and resource constraints that we operate within, and especially a number of financial headwinds that we have faced as we transition from an associate member to the operations required of a full member,” he added in the official statement.
“The ODIs and remaining T20Is next year both have greater context and direct connections to two upcoming World Cups.
“The T20Is will form essential match play experience leading into the T20 World Cup in October, while the ODIs will become important with the start of the new World Cup Super League next year, which is the next 50-over World Cup”s qualification process. This will mean that in 2020, three of the Bangladesh ODIs and the three New Zealand ODIs next year directly count towards world cup qualification,” Deutrom said.