Ireland's cricketers got back onto the field yesterday as they emerge dout of lockdown, starting their preparation for three ODI's at the end of July in England.

This week will see 30 of the contracted players - both men and women - training at Bready, Belfast and Dublin.

The three venues underwent cleaning and disinfectant work over the weekend ahead of the resumption.

“Our elite senior players are obviously delighted to get some form of cricket activity back underway," said Richard Holdsworth, Ireland High Performance Director.

"We’re very much taking a safety-first approach to ensure the health of players and coaches, as well as the staff on hand who are supporting the sessions and helping to implement the COVID-19 Safe Return to Training Protocols.

(Richard Holdsworth)

“The sessions will feature 1:1 individual work in small group numbers. We have trained COVID-19 Safety Officers, held online education sessions with the players and coaches over the weekend, and provided support for the three venues in implementing many of the essential hygiene and compliance measures.

Ireland's home international season has been cancelled, with the three ODI's against England their only matches on the horizon at the minute.

Ireland are supposed to play in the T20 World Cup in October this year, but that looks at serious risk of being postponed, with a decision imminent from ICC. 

The same applies to the Irish Women, who were due to play next month in Sri Lanka in the World Cup Qualifiers.

The squad begin their preparation under Head Coach Ed Joyce this week, not knowing exactly when, where and indeed if the tournament will be held this year.

Still, for all Irish cricketers, while there is still great uncertainty about the future, for now they will be glad to be back on the grounds across the country.