CRICKET: Twenty20 double-header for Ireland squads

Ireland women head coach Aaron Hamilton.
Ireland women head coach Aaron Hamilton.

Cricket Ireland yesterday announced an inaugural international T20 double-header featuring the Ireland Women’s and Men’s teams in June in Dublin, as well as increased investment to further support the growth of the women’s game.

Also announced were the squads and playing schedule for Ireland Women for the 2018 season - which features mouth-watering clashes against New Zealand and Bangladesh, before the squad heads to the Netherlands for the World T20 Qualifier tournament in July.

“The women’s senior team have a big year ahead, and we’re delighted to bring fans a new experience – on 29 June you’ll be able to enjoy two high-quality international T20 matches with the women’s team taking on Bangladesh from 11am, followed by the men’s team facing India from 4pm,” said Richard Holdsworth, the current Performance Director with Cricket Ireland.

“Not only does this give fans a great cricket experience, but gives a real boost in exposure for our women.

“The team are currently ranked 10th in the world and are playing some great cricket at the moment, so it should be a occasion to savour.”

The Board of Cricket Ireland has been keen to ensure that improvements are progressively rolled out to support the squad as playing and training demands grow, and recently approved an almost 50 per-cent increase in investment relating to the women’s game.

The first international opponent will be New Zealand Women, the world’s third ranked team, on Wednesdsay, June 6.