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Ireland to host four teams before World Cup

Ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Ireland is set to host four teams in the home as a pre-preparation of those teams for the mega ICC event.

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International Cricket Council’s mega event ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played from the latter end of May 2019 in England and Wales.

Ahead of the 10-team World Cup in England in mid-2019, Ireland will play host to four WC participants – England, Windies, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan – helping them tune up for the mega tournament while also providing the home crowd with a chance of seeing their stars in action.

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Zimbabwe who narrowly missed their chance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will also travel to Ireland for limited overs series after the mega ICC event.

Ireland will first host England at the Malahide Cricket Club for a one-off ODI on May 3rd, and then line up alongside Windies and Bangladesh in a tri-series that sees the teams play four games each before a final. Clontarf Cricket Club and Malahide share hosting duties for the series. The series kicks off on May 5, with the final slated to be played at Malahide on the 17th.

“While 2018 was a breakthrough year in many ways for Irish cricket, 2019 is set to be another momentous year for our sport. Next season we will host five Full Member nations – with a number of the teams have not played here for many years,” Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said.

“In all, we will be hosting eight matches in Dublin and eight matches across Northern Ireland. The venues have been chosen to spread the fixture load across our four International-rated grounds – with five matches at Malahide, three at Clontarf, five at Stormont and three at Bready.

The configuration of fixtures also allows teams involved in the Tri-Series to all be located in the same city to reduce travel impacts and maximize training and acclimatization opportunity for those sides as part of their build-up to Cricket World Cup 2019.”

Schedule:

23 February: 1st T20I – Ireland v Afghanistan

24 February: 2nd T20I – Ireland v Afghanistan

26 February: 3rd T20I – Ireland v Afghanistan

2 March: 1st ODI – Ireland v Afghanistan

4 March: 2nd ODI – Ireland v Afghanistan

7 March: 3rd ODI – Ireland v Afghanistan

9 March: 4th ODI – Ireland v Afghanistan

12 March: 5th ODI – Ireland v Afghanistan

17-21 March: Test Match – Ireland v Afghanistan

24-27 July: Test Match – England v Ireland

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