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The England and Wales Cricket Board last night announced the cancellation of all County Championship and international cricket until May 28 at the earliest - and ended Ireland's hopes of playing Bangladesh in four Twenty20 games that month. (stock photo)

The England and Wales Cricket Board last night announced the cancellation of all County Championship and international cricket until May 28 at the earliest - and ended Ireland's hopes of playing Bangladesh in four Twenty20 games that month. (stock photo)

The England and Wales Cricket Board last night announced the cancellation of all County Championship and international cricket until May 28 at the earliest - and ended Ireland's hopes of playing Bangladesh in four Twenty20 games that month. (stock photo)

The England and Wales Cricket Board last night announced the cancellation of all County Championship and international cricket until May 28 at the earliest - and ended Ireland's hopes of playing Bangladesh in four Twenty20 games that month.

With pressure on venues for hosting home internationals, Ireland had arranged to play Bangladesh at four county grounds in England - The Oval on May 22, Chelmsford on May 24, Bristol on May 27 and Edgbaston on May 29 - but with three of those dates falling in the new no-go timescale set by the ECB, all the games will have to be cancelled.

Bangladesh were due to start their tour with three one-day internationals at Stormont on May 14, 17 and 19 but although Cricket Ireland have yet to confirm, the whole tour will be called off.

The local cricket season is due to start on April 25 but with all cricket activity in lockdown, the NCU and North West seem sure to follow the ECB and announce a significant delay, probably as early as next week.

World Cup finalists New Zealand are due in Northern Ireland in mid-June but that tour is also in doubt.

Belfast Telegraph