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Ireland to Host Four World Cup Participants in May 2019

Cricketnext Staff |December 6, 2018, 4:53 PM IST
Ireland to Host Four World Cup Participants in May 2019

Ireland are set to host four World Cup participants — England, West Indies, Bangladesh and Afghanistan — ahead of the 2019 mega event in England and Wales. Total of 16 internationals will be played in the country from May 3 to July 13, 2019.

Ireland will first host England at the Malahide Cricket Club for a solitary One-Day International on May 3 before Windies and Bangladesh arrive in the country for a tri-series. The three teams will play four games each before the final on May 17 at Malahide.

They will then be involved in a two-match ODI series against Afghanistan — on May 19 and 21 — at Stormont. 10 days later, Ireland will then play the first of three ODIs against Zimbabwe, who missed out on the 2019 World Cup. The two teams are also scheduled to play three T20 Internationals.

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

In 2019, Ireland will also play their first overseas Test match, against Afghanistan in India (March), before flying to England for another Test match at Lord's in July.

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