Ian Callender (Belfast Telegraph)
IRELAND are set to play four Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh in May Ė in England.
The venues have still to be confirmed but the dates of the four games have been allocated, with the series starting on Friday May 22. The remaining games are due to played on May 24, 27 and 29.
Although the fixtures have still to be officially announced by Cricket Ireland, they were included in the match schedule in their search for a broadcast company to televise this yearís home internationals, which have been put out to tender.
The T20 series against Bangladesh will follow three one-day internationals between the teams, to be played at Stormont on May 14, 16 and 19 but with Clontarf not available as an international venue this year because of ground work and Ireland also hosting three T20Is and three ODIís against New Zealand and two T20Is with Pakistan, Cricket Ireland do not have enough pitches to host all the internationals.
A proposed Test match against Bangladesh has also been cancelled.
CI Performance director Richard Holdsworth was in England earlier this month on site visits to convince counties to host the matches Ė I understand two different venues will be used Ė and they will be announced shortly.
The closing date for potential broadcasters to respond with their bids is next Monday.
Although Ireland have hosted Tri series involving Bangladesh and West Indies last year and Bangladesh and New Zealand in 2017, this will be the first time Ireland have staged a bilateral series in a neutral country.
Since Ireland bowed out of the ECBís one-day competitions in 2009, their only games in England have been two ODIs at Bristol and Lordís in 2017 and last yearís historic Test match at Lordís.