Cricket Ireland on Tuesday confirmed India’s tour of Ireland in June. World no.
Ireland, which qualified for the 2022 T20 World Cup, will play white-ball series against India, New Zealand, South Africa and Afghanistan over a two-month period, Cricket Ireland said.
However, the series is unlikely to see top players such as all-format skipper Rohit Sharma, star-batter Virat Kohli, first-choice wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in action as the remaining Test match of last year’s Tour of England are to be seen is to take place from July 1st to 5th.
India played 4 Tests in England and led the series 5-1 before the last game in Manchester last year was suspended due to Covid-19 fears in the Indian camp. The ECB and BCCI decided to wrap up the series ahead of India’s limited-overs tour of England in 2022.
“This summer will be a ‘stars’ season as India, New Zealand and Afghanistan tour Ireland while we play South Africa in Bristol. We are ready for Ireland’s biggest home season yet!” Cricket Ireland tweeted.
India will start Ireland’s bumper home summer by playing the two T20Is ahead of their tour to England, which begins with last summer’s postponed fifth test at Edgbaston on 1 July.
After that, India are scheduled to play six white ball matches – three T20Is and three ODIs – against England from July 7th.
India last played in Ireland in 2018, winning a two-game T20I series 2-0.
“FREUD WELCOME BACK TO INDIA”
“We are delighted to welcome back the Indian men’s team for the first time since 2018, as well as ODI number one side Black Caps, who were last here in 2017,” said Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland.
“Equally important as we head off to a T20 World Cup shortly are the two T20I series against South Africa and Afghanistan. Our thanks go to Gloucestershire Cricket Club for agreeing to host the South African series.
“We have decided to postpone both this year’s planned tour to Zimbabwe in April and the home series in Bangladesh to 2023. Despite these changes, this year we are still hosting a record number of men’s cricket games against some of the world’s best teams with even more exciting announcements surrounding our women’s games.”
It is understood that Ireland Cricket’s broadcast revenue from these two T20Is will help them make more money than any matches against other countries in the rest of the season, PTI said.