Ireland Under 19's are set to play in this year's inaugural Emerging Interprovincial Series.

The teenagers will join the second strings of Leinster Lightning, Northern Knights, Munster Reds and NW Warriors in the competition which is expected to start in June.

Cricket Ireland are finalising the competition regulations, with National Talent Pathway Manager and Coach Albert van der Merwe keen to have the teams as youthful as possible.

Ireland U19 side of 2019

The outcome is in all likelihood an age limit of 23 or 25, with sides allowed to field a few overage players if required. There may also be a special dispensation for Munster Heat to play whoever they like without any age restrictions.

It's a major boost for Ryan Eagleson's side as they attempt to get competitive matches under their belt after a fixture drought due to Covid-19.

The qualifiers for the 2022 U19 World Cup are taking place between July 30th and August 5th in Scotland, with the tournament being held at Ayr, Clydesdale and Uddingston.

The winners will travel in early 2022 to the tournament proper in the West Indies.

Ireland missed out to Scotland in the 2019 qualifying tournament in The Netherlands, while Harry Tector's side edged out Scotland in the 2017 qualifiers in Jersey.

Harry's younger brother Tim is expected to skipper the side as he attempts to emulate his elder sibling in securing a World Cup berth for the 'Boys In Green'.