Ireland to host Tigers and Kiwis in tri series


Ireland are set to host a triangular ODI series against Bangladesh and New Zealand in May next year, with both touring teams using the games to prepare for the 2017 Champions Trophy in England.

The six-match series is also part of the International Cricket Council's stance to give more full international games to the Associate sides.

Cricket Ireland's chief executive, Warren Deutrom, said: "Gone are the days – we hope – of being starved of the matches we deserve.

"Rather than getting nine or 10 ODIs in the four years between World Cups, we aim to play at least that number annually.

"For years now, we have been asking for more matches to test our players, to raise the profile of our sport, to bring in new fans, and to attract more investment – but we've always struggled.

"Now the ICC's new-look ODI table has changed that, and we have the chance to become the team that John Bracewell wishes to shape – one that stays together and tours, rather than prepares purely for one-off games or major events."