Cricket Ireland releases home fixtures, India to play two-match T20I series in June 2022
Ireland Men will play white-ball series’ against India, New Zealand, South Africa and Afghanistan over a two-month period, starting 26 June at Malahide.
13 of the matches will be played across the international venues in Ireland, while the men’s series against South Africa will be hosted at The Bristol County Ground in Bristol.
The three-match ODI series between Ireland Men and New Zealand – the world’s top-ranked ODI side – will be part of the ICC World Cup Super League, being a crucial set of fixtures in Ireland’s 2023 World Cup qualification campaign. India men’s visit replicates the two-match series staged in Malahide in 2018 in front of sell-out crowds in the middle of that summer’s heatwave.The five-match T20I series against Afghanistan is currently being finalised with dates and venues to be announced shortly.
Further international cricket updates
• The scheduled multi-format men’s series against Bangladesh set for 2022 has been moved to summer 2023;
• The scheduled home Test match and ODIs against Afghanistan set for 2022 will be rescheduled to a future date (dates TBC); and
• The proposed men’s tour to Zimbabwe in April 2022 has moved to early 2023.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:
“Tickets will shortly go on sale, as well as the re-launch of our membership programme. To give fans even greater ways to engage with and enjoy our great game. We also look forward to also announcing shortly our international women’s programme, which will herald a new era in Irish women’s cricket.
Cricket Ireland releases home fixtures
“Arranging and allocating fixtures always a complicated process given our facility constraints. These challenges require a juggling act around loading on our international pitches, hosting and touring costs. Also the needs of hosting clubs, reciprocity with opponents, scheduling our elite domestic competitions, profitability of fixtures and taking our men’s and women’s teams around the island. Of course, Covid has also played its part in shifting the sands of the FTP.
“Taking all these into consideration, we decided to postpone both this year’s planned tour to Zimbabwe in April. And the home Bangladesh series into 2023. This will help alleviate some of these factors, spread the cost of men’s cricket over two years. And also spread the fixture load across 2022 and 2023. In particular given that the World Cup’s delay to the end of the year has left us to fill the 2023 home season. Even with these changes, we’re still hosting a record amount of men’s cricket against some of the world’s top teams this year. With more exciting announcements to come around our women’s fixtures.
“Just as importantly, with full crowds permitted to return, we look forward to seeing fans flock back to the grounds. Our thanks to our fellow ICC members, the Provincial Unions, host clubs. Therefore, our event partners for supporting us on putting this programme together. With so many big teams and big names set to feature in Ireland. However, this will truly be a season full of stars.”
Ireland Men’s international schedule
Ireland Men v India Men T20I series
• Sunday 26 June: Ireland v India, 1st T20I (Malahide) *
• Tuesday 28 June: Ireland v India, 2nd T20I (Malahide) *
Ireland Men v New Zealand Men series
• 10 July Sunday: Ireland v New Zealand, 1st ODI (Malahide)
• 12 July Tuesday: Ireland v New Zealand, 2nd ODI (Malahide)
• 15 July Friday: Ireland v New Zealand, 3rd ODI (Malahide)
• 18 July Monday: Ireland v New Zealand, 1st T20I (Stormont)
• 20 July Wednesday: Ireland v New Zealand, 2nd T20I (Stormont)
• 22 July Friday: Ireland v New Zealand, 3rd T20I (Stormont)
Ireland Men v South Africa Men T20I series
• Friday 5 August: Ireland v South Africa, 2nd T20I (Bristol)