Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ireland set to tour USA for limited overs series in December. Ireland will become to first full member men's team to tour USA.
Ireland will become to first full member men's team to tour USA.
Ireland will become the first Full Member men's team to tour USA in December, when will play the home team over two T20Is and three One-Day Internationals.
All the matches will be played at Central Broward Regional Park Stadium in Florida. Following the USA tour, which ends on December 30, Ireland will leave for the West Indies series.
As part of the agreement, Cricket Ireland also announced the hosting of a reciprocal tour by the USA Men's team to Ireland for a series of international matches in the next three years.
This will be their first match against USA since 2015. The two teams have played two 50-over matches and four T20s since playing their first international contest in 1973 – a three-day match in Los Angeles.
“We are delighted to confirm the tour of the USA as part of our preparations for the crucial ICC Cricket World Cup Super League series against the West Indies,” Warren Deutrom, the chief of Cricket Ireland said on Tuesday. “The chance to play five competitive white-ball fixtures – including three matches under lights – will be important as our players return to the field after a few weeks off.”
“With a large population of Irish expats and emigrants in the United States, we hope to see a good turn out of support for our squad and look forward to spending time in one of the USA's best cricket facilities.”
“The progress of USA Cricket has been commendable over recent years, and we hope that not only will this opportunity allow our players to build towards the World Cup Super League Series, but that our involvement may also be a boost for USA Cricket as they work hard to develop the game across the United States. We'd like to thank all at USA Cricket for putting together this opportunity.”
Meanwhile, Ireland Men's Under-19s team will accompany the senior squad for a preparation camp and white-ball series against their USA counterparts ahead of the Men's Under-19 world cup, which is set to be played in January in West Indies.
“USA Cricket is absolutely elated to confirm next month's series' with Cricket Ireland that we have been working on over the past few months as we continue to try and expand the playing opportunities for our national teams,” Iain Higging, chief of USA Cricket added.
“To be able to bring an ICC Full Member to the United States to play a series of five international matches is an historic and hugely significant step forward for cricket here in America.
“We hope that this series helps to showcase the potential in American cricket with it being the first ever home series of international matches against a Full Member. We will be announcing ticketing details next week and hope that the timing of the series will give people a great opportunity to come along and see high-class international cricket in the flesh next month in Florida.
“This announcement also sends a signal to the international cricket community that cricket in the USA is moving in a very positive direction and that we have aspirations to compete against the best teams in the world on an increasingly regular basis on home soil. It adds great context to the Men's 50-Over National Championships that will be played later this month, with selection for this exciting Ireland series on the line, and we are thrilled to be able to reward our Under-19s team with some serious international competition after they missed out on the opportunity to qualify for the ICC's Men's U19 Cricket World Cup earlier this year.
“The journey of Irish cricket to Full Membership of the ICC is something that we have studied and we hope to replicate by 2030. We take inspiration from what Irish cricket has achieved over the past ten years and we are grateful to the leadership of Cricket Ireland for helping to make this tour a reality.”