Just a day after Cricket Scotland agreed a new 'television pact' with the England and Wales Cricket in Board, David Collier, the ECB chief executive, has been in touch with his Irish Cricket Union counterpart to open talks about the possibility of a similar arrangement.

The first ever ODI between England and Scotland will take place north of the border next August but only after Cricket Scotland agreed not to accept any more 'made for television' off-shore internationals, similar to the tri-series in Belfast last month involving India and Africa.

India were scheduled to meet Pakistan in Glasgow as part of the television package originally negotiated by Zee Television and eventually secured by Nimbus, much to the anger of the ECB who were forced to stage two internationals against West Indies in direct opposition to the Stormont games.

The fact that Cricket Scotland have entered a pact over 'compatibility of television contracts' to avert such a conflict again will be seen by Collier as a huge victory and if he can also tempt the ICU to come on board then the ECB will, effectively, have control of all televised cricket in the British Isles.

Although the new agreement means Cricket Scotland will lose out on potential lucrative overseas deals, unless they have the consent of the ECB, the Scots have not only been promised an ODI against England next year but have been guaranteed another in 2012 and an assurance that the Saltires will compete 'for the foreseeable future' in the Friends Provident Trophy.

Following the ICU's Indian television deal, Warren Deutrom, the ICU chief executive, knew he was always going to have to talk to Collier to heal the open wounds that have surfaced, but now he would appear to be under increased pressure to follow the Scots into bed with their nearest Test nation.

Now that the ECB have asked for the meeting, undoubtedly, similar incentives will be dangled in front of Deutrom and, unless he agrees, the money-spinning visit of England back to Stormont next year could be withdrawn.

Also, if the ICU do not come up with an agreement then next year will almost certainly be Ireland's last in the FP Trophy, the tournament that guarantees the players much needed experience against the counties in competitive conditions.

Certainly Cricket Scotland believe the new deal is a 'win, win, win situation' for them. Their CEO, Roddy Smith said: 'What we have managed to do is secure a significant new income stream and a game against England, while securing the future participation of the Saltires and Scotland A in their domestic competitions.'