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Malahide chosen as venue for ODI with England

 

By Ian Callender

Malahide has been confirmed as the venue for Ireland's one-day international next year against England.

The game, on Friday May 3, was always destined to be staged at the ground with the biggest capacity with up to 10,000 expected for the game against next year's World Cup hosts.

The game is also certain to be televised and the good news for Ulster fans is that Ireland have 12 other home internationals next year with half of them almost certain to be played in Northern Ireland.

Ireland will also have three ODIs against both Bangladesh and Afghanistan in May, as the tourists prepare for the World Cup the following month and, while that is being staged, Zimbabwe will be the visitors for three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals with Stormont and Bready the likely venues.

After the debacle of last month's ODIs against Afghanistan, when all three games were played on used pitches - dictated by the broadcasters and, according to Cricket Ireland without any consultation - the governing body is insisting that all internationals will be played on new pitches next year.

A CI spokesman said: We have 13 matches next year and 13 pitches at our four international venues (Clontarf is the other). You do the maths!"

Three new pitches have been laid at Stormont, to be added to the three existing ones, but only one, maximum, will be "bedded in" for next year with the other two available in 2020 and 2021.

In 2020, Ireland have a home Test match (against Bangladesh), plus six ODIs and 11 T20Is.

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