Ireland Women's five-match series in La Manga has been cancelled after a last minute change of heart by Scotland.

The cancellation is the latest hammer blow to the Girls In Green who have gone more than 14 months without a competitive fixture due to various postponements.

Despite significant work and planning from all interested parties, Cricket Scotland advised that the decision to withdraw from the series was made due to concerns at the continuing and evolving high levels of the virus in Scotland, and in light of updated specialist advice received in the last 24 hours on the risks to the players in the current circumstances.

“It was with great regret that we had to inform our players and support staff that Scotland has withdrawn from the tour on the eve of departure," said Richard Holdsworth.

"Despite significant work and planning by all parties to mitigate risks in regard to COVID-19, it is regrettable that we are where we are.

"We are all disappointed for our squad as we know how hard they have been preparing for this series.

“The tour was important to start building the players’ loads as preparation for next year’s World Cup Qualifier, particularly given the lack of international playing time for the squad this year.

"We shall take stock of the situation, and look to re-engineer our plans as soon as possible.”