It's shaping up to be a busy summer for Ireland Women, with plans for both New Zealand and Bangladesh to tour here, as well as the crucial T20 World Cup Qualifiers.

The series will be the first games for the Girls in Green on home soil for 21 months, having played 24 games abroad since they hosted Bangladesh at Shaws Bridge.

Details of both series are yet to be finalised, but initial plans have the White Ferns playing three One-Day Internationals and a T20 international in early June, followed two weeks later by three T20I's against Bangladesh at the end of the month.

The team then are on their travels again, heading to the Netherlands at the start of July for two weeks to take part in the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament.

While the matches are to be welcomed, it's certainly causing considerable pressure on the squad, who are all amateurs. Those with jobs would need up to 55 days holidays in 2018, and that's simply unsustainable.

At the formation of the Irish Cricketers Association late last year, one of their aims was to press for player contracts for the Irish Women's team.

That day can't be too far away with the granting last week by the ICC of $40 million dollars to Cricket Ireland.