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The Cricket Ireland board meet today to rubber-stamp MAG's recommendations for all next summer's fixtures (stock photo)
The Cricket Ireland board meet today to rubber-stamp MAG's recommendations for all next summer's fixtures (stock photo)

By Ian Callender

Stormont is in line to host Ireland's three-match one-day international series against beaten World Cup finalists New Zealand next summer.

Bready were expecting to host one of the ODIs and two T20Is against the Kiwis, who tied with England in the final at Lord's this year only to lose on a boundary countback, but Cricket Ireland's Match Allocation Group (MAG) were last week forced to make a late switch.

The Cricket Ireland board meet today to rubber-stamp MAG's recommendations for all next summer's fixtures, with Malahide and Clontarf set to host the other three-game ODI series against Bangladesh in May, immediately after the Test match between the teams.

Ireland are also scheduled to meet Afghanistan in three T20s and Pakistan in a two-match T20 series, with Bready still favourites to host the Afghans.

The board will also be updated on the Euro T20 Slam, due to take place next year, after the first edition was postponed in August, with CI chairman Ross McCollum "hopeful" it will get off the ground in 2020.

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