The Ireland Women's team fixture list received a significant boost with the announcement that up to 12 games will be added to the 2019 schedule.
The West Indies will come to Ireland in May to play 3 T20I games and in July Zimbabwe Women will accompany their Men's side for a series of games.
Leinster will host three 50 over games at Oak Hill and then the women will head north to Stormont and Bready playing three T20Is as double headers alongside the Ireland and Zimbabwe men's sides.
Aaron Hamilton, Head Coach of the Ireland Women’s cricket team, said: “2018 was a significant year for women’s cricket in many ways – we played 19 fixtures home and away, which culminated in an appearance in the Women’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean, saw top-class fixtures at home, and a tour to Zimbabwe. It was also a period of generational change as we farewelled our four longest-serving members, but ushered in a new era of professionalism of the sport by announcing that we would be offering the first-ever women’s part-time contracts in 2019.
“This season we are to take women’s international fixtures around Ireland and the schedule has allowed us to create three double-header events, where men’s and women’s T20 Internationals will share the bill.
“The larger goal for the squad at this point is twofold – to qualify for the next T20 World Cup in Australia in February 2020, and to ensure our world ranking is maintained so we are part of the new Women’s Championship post-2021. Last year almost 600-caps of experience retired – it will be a challenge to go into this next phase without those players, but when I look at the talent and potential coming through, I believe we are well placed to achieve those objectives.”
In addition to the fixtures confirmed today Cricket Scotland and Cricket Ireland have agreed to play a three match T20I series - details of dates and venues of these fixtures will be confirmed once ICC release more details of the Women's T20 World Cup Qualifier.
Ireland Women’s international fixtures 2019 Confirmed details:
- 26 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (YMCA); T20I
- 28 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke); T20I
- 29 May: Ireland Women v West Indies Women (Pembroke); T20I
- 3 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
- 5 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
- 7 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Oak Hill); 50-over
Three further fixtures will be played as double headers alongside the corresponding men's fixtures these are:
- 10 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Stormont); T20I
- 12 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready); T20I
- 14 July: Ireland Women v Zimbabwe Women (Bready); T20I