Ireland Women's scheduled World Cup Qualifier in Sri Lanka has become the latest cricket event to be postponed by ICC.

Laura Delany's side had been due to challenge for one of three slots on offer this coming July in an attempt to qualify for the World Cup in New Zealand next year.

It's another blow for the Girls in Green who had been due to play in a quadrangular tournament in Thailand which was also cancelled.

It now looks increasingly likely that there will be no competitive cricket at all for the Irish Women this summer due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

“Naturally we are disappointed to see this important qualifying tournament postponed, but it is an understandable situation given the circumstances," said Head Coach Ed Joyce.

“The chance to qualify for a world cup is always a big moment in a player’s career, and I know - before lockdown – the performance squad were well positioned, some in Ireland and others playing club cricket during the Irish winter in Australia.

“We had a lead-in programme in place for the Qualifier before the pandemic hit, but – like everyone else – we’ve had to adapt quickly to lockdown conditions. We have continued fitness programmes and held numerous team learning sessions via video-conferencing over the last two months, but despite the opportunities that these sessions offer, there is no substitute to getting out and playing, so we’re all eager to get out and play when conditions permit.

“The fixture schedule ahead is certainly going to be a busy one for all cricket nations given the postponements, and we’ll need to develop a preparation programme in the lead up to the tournament, so we hope the ICC can give ample notification of the new dates.

“It is a challenging time for everyone, but we have a resilient young squad and I know they’ll be dedicated to the task once we’re back underway.”