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Ireland will host a six-match ODI tri-series in May 2017, which will see them take on New Zealand and Bangladesh.
The tournament was put together in order to help New Zealand and Bangladesh get accustomed to the sort of conditions they will face when playing in the ICC Champions Trophy, which is scheduled to be held in England next June.
Cricket Ireland’s chief executive Warren Deutrom was unable to hide his delight and added that Ireland deserve to be playing against some of the top-ranked teams in the world on a more regular basis.
“Gone are the days – we hope – of being starved of the matches we deserve,” he said. “Rather than getting 9 or 10 ODIs in the four years between World Cups, we aim to play at least that number annually.
“For years now, we have been asking for more matches to test our players, to raise the profile of our sport, to bring in new fans, and to attract more investment – but we’ve always struggled.
“Now the ICC’s new-look ODI table has changed that, and we have the chance to become the team that John Bracewell wishes to shape – one that stays together and tours, rather than prepares purely for one-off games or major events.”
Ireland head coach John Bracewell echoed Deutrom’s sentiments and added that his side are finally getting to play the amount of ODIs they deserve.
“It should be a fantastic series and one which both myself and the squad will look forward to,” Bracewell said. “We are now getting the volume of cricket that the team needs to take their cricket to the next level. We’re also getting series against the Full Members rather than one-off games which is great.
“We have ODI’s scheduled against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh and New Zealand over the next year at least. Those series will give us an excellent idea of where we at in terms of progression. With home advantage in at least 13 ODIs in that period we’ll certainly have plenty of opportunities to test ourselves against quality opposition.”