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Afghanistan and Zimbabwe to play at Stormont

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Cricket Ireland has announced that West Indies will take part in a one-day international tri-series with Ireland and Bangladesh, as part of a major international men's schedule that will see 16 international fixtures being played around Ireland in 2019.

The news of West Indies participation comes as welcome news for Irish cricket fans who missed out on seeing the Caribbean side play in Ireland in 2017 when a scheduled match at Stormont was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said, "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 having not played here for many years. Zimbabwe's last match in Ireland, for instance, was in 2003, while a senior West Indies side hasn't been seen in on-field action in Ireland since 2007."

"The international fixtures will begin with England on May 3rd at Malahide, before a one-day international Tri-Series between Ireland, Bangladesh and West Indies to be played across Malahide and Clontarf. Then we move to play a two-match one-day series against Afghanistan at Stormont, before a six-match white-ball series against Zimbabwe to be played at Stormont and Bready."

"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 maximise training and acclimatisation opportunity for those sides as part of their build-up to Cricket World Cup 2019."

"All of these white ball matches, of course, precede our Test match of the summer which will be at Lord's against England."

Tickets will go on sale next week for the Tri-Series matches through Ticketmaster, with various single or multi-match packages to be available.

The 2019 season will also be the first to be played under the new multi-year media rights deal which Cricket Ireland recently concluded and also on the back of the news that Sky Sports will broadcast the Ireland v England ODI on 3 May (tickets for this match are already on sale).

2019 Ireland Men's international home fixtures

Date Fixture Venue
3 May 2019 Ireland v England (ODI) Malahide Cricket Club
5 May 2019 Ireland v West Indies (ODI Tri-Series) Clontarf Cricket Club
7 May 2019 West Indies v Bangladesh (ODI Tri-Series) Clontarf Cricket Club
9 May 2019 Ireland v Bangladesh (ODI Tri-Series) Malahide Cricket Club
11 May 2019 Ireland v West Indies (ODI Tri-Series) Malahide Cricket Club
13 May 2019 West Indies v Bangladesh (ODI Tri-Series) Malahide Cricket Club
15 May 2019 Ireland v Bangladesh (ODI Tri-Series) Clontarf Cricket Club
17 May 2019 Final (ODI Tri-Series) Malahide Cricket Club
19 May 2019 Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI) Stormont
21 May 2019 Ireland v Afghanistan (ODI) Stormont
1 July 2019 Ireland v Zimbabwe (ODI) Bready
4 July 2019 Ireland v Zimbabwe (ODI) Stormont
7 July 2019 Ireland v Zimbabwe (ODI) Stormont
10 July 2019 Ireland v Zimbabwe (T20I) Stormont
12 July 2019 Ireland v Zimbabwe (T20I) Bready
13 July 2019 Ireland v Zimbabwe (T20I) Bready

2019 Ireland Men's international away fixtures (to date)

  • 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