Sri Lanka media are reporting that Ireland will be playing a Test match in the country next year.

No official confirmation has been made by either Board yet.

The sides had been due to play a one-off Test in Galle from February 8-12th earlier this year, but the failure of the home board to secure a tv broadcaster led to the cancellation.

Since being awarded Test status, Ireland have played three Tests to date, losing to Pakistan in May 2018, to Afghanistan and England in 2019, where they caused a stir by skittling the hosts for 85.

The financial costs of hosting a Test are prohibitive to the Irish at the minute, with CEO Warren Deutrom saying they 'lacked context', preferring to prioritise white-ball cricket.

However the format remains the Holy Grail for Irish cricketers who will relish the chance to pit their wits in Sri Lanka if the Test is confirmed for 2021.

Sri Lankan media had been reporting a date in May, but Irish sources have indicated that next December is a more likely date for what is expected to be a four-day contest rather than the traditional five.