BALBIRNIE DOUBT OVER T20 WORLD CUP

Andrew Balbirnie has doubts whether the T20 World Cup will go ahead as planned.

The Irish skipper told BBC Radio Ulster: "I'd be worried the tournament wouldn't go ahead."

Ireland are due to play in the competition in Australia this coming October, but with a total of 16 teams due to take part in the tournament there are major challenges due to the Covid-19 crisis.

"You have to look at it logistically - there would be 16 teams flying into the country.

"The way this pandemic has panned out, a lot can happen in a couple of days, so we really don't know yet. It's tricky, but we're battling on.

"There won't have been any international cricket this summer at all, so there will be a lot of people going in undercooked.

Ireland have already seen series against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh cancelled, and whilst they have yet to officially pull the plug on further series against New Zealand and Pakistan, it appears only a matter of time before they too bite the dust.

Their best chance of international cricket this summer would be a behind closed doors series against England, and there is also an outside chance that they could play Pakistan in England with the Asian side due to tour there.

Major discussions are ongoing with both ICC and the ECB in an attempt to salvage something from this disastrous year. Ireland were due to play three ODI's in September against England, but these dates and indeed venues look likely to be switched.