The news that the scheduled Test between Ireland and Zimbabwe will not take place in April represents another hammer blow for the players looking to perform at the highest level.

It had all looked so promising for the ultimate format, with the Irish at one stage looking to have four Tests lined up for 2020.

It was to begin with a Test against Sri Lanka in February, followed by a clash with Afghanistan in March, Zimbabwe in April, followed by a home Test against Bangladesh.

However, it now appears likely that none of these games will actually happen barring a late U-turn or a dramatic intervention by ICC.

One option could be for the Boys In Green to play a Test match in Pakistan.

The Asian nation have tried without success in the past to host the Irish, but given an improvement in the security situation and a resumption in cricket in the country, a rethink could be on the cards.

The Irish were very close to agreeing a tour in 2014 before an attack at Karachi Airport killed 36 people.

Pakistan were Ireland's first opponents in Test cricket in Malahide in 2018, and a reciprocal Test there could represent Ireland's best chances of playing a Test in 2020.

Otherwise, it could well be a gap of almost two years before Ireland get to play another.

It's not all bad news on the fixture front, with a three-match T20I series against Afghanistan scheduled for March in India, followed by a six match white-ball series in Zimbabwe. The six games will be an even split of T20I's and ODI's, scheduled for Harare in April.