Following a barren 2020, Cricket Ireland are hoping to resume international cricket for their youth sides in the coming season.

While not exactly a bulging calendar, at least there is some representative cricket for the young hopefuls to aspire to.

As already reported, the U19s will feature in the Emerging Interpro series as well as a traditional match against MCC, before travelling to Scotland to take place in the World Cup Qualifiers.

The Celtic Cup Series is back with the U17's scheduled to travel to Scotland, while the U15s take on their traditional rivals on home soil.

For the U13 boys, there appears to be a welcome return to actual competitive games after a few years where only friendly intra-squad matches were played.

The coaches appear to have got their wishes that this policy be reversed and the squad were penciled in to play in the Taunton Festival before it got cancelled. They will now look to source alternative games rather than the increasingly pointless squad matches that achieve next to nothing.

The U19 girls hopes for an inaugural World Cup have been put on hold after the tournament was cancelled, but there is better news for the U17s, who it's hoped will take part in a series with Scotland and The Netherlands.

The Ireland U15 girls look likely to have matches, with a tour to England to play in either a festival or against county opposition on the cards. Sussex have been mentioned, possibly making use of Ed Joyce's connections.

At youth interprovincial level there will be tournaments at both U15 and U17 levels, while a new tournament will see two youth girls teams from Leinster, plus one apiece from the NW and NCU participating.

These as usual will start at the beginning of the school holidays in July.