There's a further boost for the NW region with the news that Bready will be hosting Bangladesh in May, as part of their white-ball Irish tour.

It's a great fillip for the Magheramason club, who successfully hosted Zimbabwe last July in both ODI and T20 matches.

Beaten World Cup finalists New Zealand are also scheduled to play in the NW in June in what is shaping up to be a real treat for cricket lovers in the region.

It's the start of a busy period for the Boys In Green, who travel to the West Indies in January for a six-match ODI and T20 series, followed by a Test match in Sri Lanka in February.

Fixtures against Afghanistan in India, plus a series in Zimbabwe have yet to be rubber-stamped, with the exact format still under discussion.