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Ireland to face Afghans in five Stormont ODIs

By Ian Callender

Ireland will hope to make amends for last month's horror Twenty20 campaign when they return to India early next year to play Afghanistan in all three formats, just six months after the top two Associate nations clash in Belfast.

Cricket Ireland yesterday confirmed the teams will meet in five one-day internationals in July, a series announced in the Belfast Telegraph last December, but the venue for Ireland's vital Intercontinental Cup clash in the New Year will be Greater Noida, on the outskirts of Delhi, Afghanistan's new home for international cricket.

Afghanistan moved into third place in the I-Cup table yesterday with an innings victory over Namibia, in India, but Ireland will also meet the Afghans in ODIs and T20 games on the same trip.

"We have agreed to play an ODI and T20 series, which will count towards qualification for the World Cup," said CI Performance Director Richard Holdsworth.

All five ODIs will be at Stormont with games on July 10, 12, 14, 17 and 19 to add to a busy summer schedule when Ireland also host Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Dublin and play South Africa and Australia in Benoni.

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