Ireland's scheduled Test against Zimbabwe in April looks to be in serious doubt as the financial headwinds of both countries continue to bite.

It's been a tough few months for the Irish off the field, with them cancelling their home Test against Bangladesh due to the cost, and then the failure of Sri Lanka to obtain tv coverage led to the Test next month falling by the wayside.

Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth announced in December on Twitter that the Irish were due to play Zimbabwe in a Test, and as recently as last week a leading Irish official maintained that the five-day fixture could still go ahead. Discussions are continuing on the various formats and length of the tour.

However, that tour now appears very unlikely to include a Test as new skipper Andy Balbirnie revealed on "Off the Ball" last night.

"We were meant to have two or three Test matches this year, but it now looks as if though we wont' have any.

"Our first Test against Pakistan cost nearly a million euros and I can see from a business perspective that it just doesn't make sense."

Zimbabwe are currently playing their first Test in 14 months, with a home Test against Sri Lanka, with a second due later this month.

They are also off next month to Bangladesh where they will play a further two Tests.

A final decision on the composition of Ireland's tour to Zimbabwe is expected in the coming weeks, with the next scheduled action for the senior side a three-match T20I series in India against Afghanistan.

There will be places on the squad up for grabs when the Ireland Wolves play Namibia in South Africa. The squad and details for that tour is expected in the coming days.