West Indies set to play Dublin tri-nations
West Indies will join Bangladesh and Ireland in a tri-nations one-day international tournament to be played in Dublin in May ahead of the 50-over World Cup in England, writes Gerard Hughes.
In total, five Test-playing nations - the others being England, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe - have agreed to play white-ball games on the island next summer in the most ambitious programme of matches yet proposed by Cricket Ireland.
The England game and the tri-nations tournament will be played at Malahide and Clontarf, while Bready and Stormont in the North will host the Afghanistan and Zimbabwe games. Ireland will also play a four-day 'Test match' against England at Lord's starting on July 27.
"While 2018 was a breakthrough year in many ways for Irish cricket, 2019 is set to be another momentous year for our sport," said Warren Deutrom, the CEO of Cricket Ireland.
"Next season we will host five ICC Full Member nations - with a number of the teams having not played here for many years. Zimbabwe's last match in Ireland, for instance, was in 2003, while a senior West Indies side hasn't been seen in on-field action since 2007."
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