Ireland cricket team
2019 is going to be a significant year for Irish cricket team (AFP Photo)

Ireland will play host to West Indies and Bangladesh for an ODI tri-series in May 2019 which takes the total number of international to be played next year in the country to 16.

2019 is going to be a significant year for Ireland who are the latest entrants into the Test club alongside Afghanistan. They will be playing against England in a historic four-day Test, their second in history, at Lord’s in July. Before that, they will be in India for their first overseas Test tour where they play Afghanistan in Dehradun.

They will also be hosting England for a one-off ODI on 3rd May before the ODI tri-series that kick-starts from May 5 with the matches to be played in Clontarf Cricket Club and Malahide. The final of the series is slated for May 17th.

The cramped schedule will also see Afghanistan touring the country for two ODIs on May 19 and 21.

“While 2018 was a breakthrough year in many ways for Irish cricket, 2019 is set to be another momentous year for our sport. Next season we will host five Full Member nations – with a number of the teams having not played here for many years,” Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland said.

“In all, we will be hosting eight matches in Dublin and eight matches across Northern Ireland. The venues have been chosen to spread the fixture load across our four international-rated grounds – with five matches at Malahide, three at Clontarf, five at Stormont and three at Bready. The configuration of fixtures also allows teams involved in the Tri-Series to all be located in the same city to reduce travel impacts and maximise training and acclimatisation opportunity for those sides as part of their build-up to Cricket World Cup 2019.”

Ireland’s home schedule for 2019

3 May: vs England (one-off ODI) at Malahide

5 May: vs West Indies (ODI tri-series) at Clontarf

9 May: vs Bangladesh (ODI tri-series) at Malahide

11 May: vs West Indies (ODI tri-series) at Malahide

15 May: vs Bangladesh (ODI tri-series) at Clontarf

19 May: vs Afghanistan (ODI) at Stormont

21 May: vs Afghanistan (ODI) at Stormont

1 July: vs Zimbabwe (ODI) at Bready

4 July: vs Zimbabwe (ODI) at Stormont

7 July : vs Zimbabwe (ODI) at Stormont

10 July: vs Zimbabwe (T20I) at Stormont

12 July: vs Zimbabwe (T20I) at Bready

13 July: vs Zimbabwe (T20I)at Bready