The ICC board meeting in Dubai has resulted in Associate sides Afghanistan and Ireland granted more funding to grow the game, with the aim of having them play more bilateral series in future.
Cricket officials in Ireland confirmed that the national side will host fellow Associate team Afghanistan in a five-match ODI series in July this year.
International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson has hinted that the next World T20, taking place in Australia in 2020, could have more Associate sides involved.
Ireland's trip to the World Twenty20 in India ended in one more disappointment as they lost to the Netherlands by 12 runs in Dharamsala, with rain shortening the match to six overs per side.
Ireland were knocked out at the first round of the World T20 on Friday after their game against Bangladesh was abandoned due to rain after only eight overs were possible in the first innings.