The Indian cricket team will play two T20 Internationals against Ireland before they embark on a tour to England in July.
In a press release issued by Cricket Ireland to confirm the matches, chief executive Warren Deutrom expressed his delight at welcoming India back to Irish shores for the first time in over a decade.
“We are excited to welcome back India to Ireland for the first time in 11 years,” he said.
“We are sure crowds will be keen to get a rare glimpse of some of the sport’s T20 superstars in the height of summer in Dublin.”
Head coach Graham Ford echoed this sentiment, suggesting it would be an opportunity for fans, but also for his players to prove themselves against one of the world’s best sides.
“It’s fantastic news for the lads and fans alike,” he said. “The matches will, of course, be a huge challenge for the team, but what an opportunity for everyone to showcase their talents in front of a huge audience, both at the games and live on television.
“I’m sure the players will respond positively to the occasion with the added incentive of knowing eye-catching displays could result in a possible IPL contract.
“We haven’t played our best cricket in the format in recent years which is reflected in the rankings, but what better time to start climbing the ladder again. We have a number of players ideally suited to the short-form and on home soil it’s a great opportunity to cause a shock or two.”
“Cricket Ireland is most grateful to BCCI for its support in the midst of the team’s hectic schedule, and we look forward to working with them on similar opportunities in the future,” Deutrom continued.
“In what is a signal year for us, we are also delighted to be working once again with Malahide CC and Fingal County Council who always help us put on a great show for players and fans alike.”
After the two T20Is against Ireland, India will travel to Manchester for the first T20I against England on July 3. This will be followed by two more T20Is in Cardiff and Bristol on July 6 and 8 respectively. India will then play the ODIs at Trent Bridge, Lord’s and Headingley from July 12 to 17 before embarking on the Test series.
The Test series will begin on August 1 in Edgbaston before moving to Lord’s, Trent Bridge, Southampton, and The Oval. For the first time since 1955, a Test in England will start on a Saturday when they take on India at Trent Bridge from August 18.