Ireland could host Pakistan T20Is in England but Test opportunities remain limited

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Ireland could host Pakistan T20Is in England but Test opportunities remain limited


Cricket Ireland is considering staging a home international series in England this summer, with a two-match T20I series against Pakistan the most likely option.

Ireland have a packed home schedule in 2021 featuring 16 limited-overs fixtures. They will be unable to use one of their four home venues, with Clontarf unlikely to be ready to host international cricket after the square was re-laid, and while exploring their alternatives, they have been in talks with the ECB about hosting games on English soil.

Ireland had intended to stage a T20I series against Bangladesh at four different county venues last summer before the Covid pandemic wiped out their home international season. They have home fixtures lined up against Pakistan (two T20Is), South Africa (three ODIs, three T20Is) and Zimbabwe (three ODIs, five T20Is) in 2021. The Pakistan fixtures – postponed from last summer – are due to be played before their tour of England in July, and are the most likely games to be moved.



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