THE venues have been confirmed for Ireland’s four-game Twenty20 series against Bangladesh in May and three of them will host night matches.
In agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board, the first game will take place on Friday evening May 22 at The Kia Oval, where Ireland have not played since the 2009 T20 World Cup, against Pakistan.
Two days later there is a day game at Chelmsford, 14 years after Ireland played Essex there in the C & G Trophy.
The teams then make the 170-mile east to west trek across England to the County Ground at Bristol, where some of the Ireland squad played just three years ago, in a one-day international against England, for the third game of the series on Wednesday May 27.
The last game is under the Edgbaston lights on May 29, Ireland’s first visit to the Birmingham Test venue since they played Warwickshire in a pre-season friendly in 2005.
Cricket Ireland have been forced to look for alternative venues because Clontarf is out of action this year while it is undergoing ground work and Malahide has been given only two of the 11 home internationals as they are due to stage 12 matches in the Euro T20 Slam if it gets the go-head this year.
The T20 series, as ever these days subject to Government advice on Coronavirus, follows three one-day internationals between the teams at Stormont on May 14, 17 and 19.
Ireland are currently in T20 action in India where this morning they play the final match of their series against Afghanistan.
The Afghans have won the first two matches but captain Andrew Balbirnie remains confident that the squad can find a way to end their 12-match losing run in the shortest format between the teams.
“We’ve just got to concentrate on winning those couple of overs we’ve failed to so far with bat and ball. We’ve lost momentum in the 10-15 over mark, so if we can get those back in our favour then we’ll get the result tomorrow.”
Ireland named an unchanged team for the first two games leaving Barry McCarthy, Shane Getkate and the uncapped Stephen Doheny waiting for action.