Munster's participation in the 2017 inter-provincial series is expected to be ratified by Cricket Ireland next February.

The Munster Reds will take part in the T20 format only in 2017, playing the Northern Knights, North-West Warriors and Leinster Lightning on a home and away basis - providing the extra cost incurred - expected to be in the region of 70,000 Euros is found by Cricket Ireland. They are hoping the budget will allow for the expansion, given the funding blow caused by the early break from the KPC Group sponsorship.

The T20 competition has been awarded List-A status by the ICC along with the 50-over format, while the three-day competition will have first-class status.

A draft programme has the Corkmen making their first appearance at the iconic Mardyke against the Northern Knights at the end of May.

All games are slated for Friday nights with two games taking place on each day.

The majority of the T20 fixtures - four of the six - will be in June with the final round in mid-August.

If the Munster Reds experiment is a successful one then they could well make their bow in the 50-over format in 2018, with entry in the three-day event dependent on performances.