New T20 International Tri-Series announced for Ireland, free entry to all games
August 30th 2019 by Cricket Ireland | International
DUBLIN, EDINBURGH, NIEUWEGEIN – A new three-nation T20 International cricket series has been announced between Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands to be held in Dublin from 15-20 September 2019.
The six-match series will see sides play each other twice, with all games to be held at Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin.
For local fans, there will be free entry to all games, with a café available within the precinct to provide refreshments, and Malahide Cricket Club bar will be open to the public.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said:
“It is no secret that one of the principal rationales for the establishment of the Euro T20 Slam was to make us a stronger nation in the T20 format that we’ll be playing so much of in years to come. Therefore, the postponement of the Slam and the opportunity for our players to mix with the world’s best not only put that on hold for another year, it robbed us of the chance to prepare properly for the T20 World Cup Qualifier in October and put ourselves back on the world stage in Australia next year.”
“So, it goes without saying that we are delighted to host this T20 International series – so that each of the participating nations heading to the qualifier can get some competitive T20s under the belt.”
“As both a goodwill gesture and a demonstration of their commitment to the Slam starting next year, the organisers of the Slam have agreed to support the operations of this new series.”
“The series will be played under similar conditions as last year’s Tri-Series between these sides which was hosted in the Netherlands, and will be an ideal opportunity for three relatively evenly matched teams to fine tune their games ahead of the Qualifier.”
“We would like to thank Malahide Cricket Club for agreeing to host the series, to Fingal County Council for their continuing support for Irish cricket, and to our fellow cricket boards in Scotland and Netherlands for helping to bring this series to fruition.”
• 15 September 2019: Ireland v Netherlands (Malahide, 1.30pm)
• 16 September 2019: Scotland v Netherlands (Malahide, 1.30pm)
• 17 September 2019: Ireland v Scotland (Malahide, 1.30pm)
• 18 September 2019: Ireland v Netherlands (Malahide, 1.30pm)
• 19 September 2019: Scotland v Netherlands (Malahide, 1.30pm)
• 20 September 2019: Ireland v Scotland (Malahide, 1.30pm)
Malcolm Cannon, Chief Executive of Cricket Scotland, said:
“We are looking forward with some excitement to some high quality T20 international matches against our old rivals Ireland and Netherlands. It is imperative that we get as much game time under our belt as possible ahead of the T20 World Cup qualifier in UAE later in the year, and we know we will always have a fiercely competitive challenge against these two nations.”
“Scotland come off the back of winning three out of four ODIs played in Aberdeen earlier in August in the inaugural leg of the World Cup League 2 competition, so the team is feeling confident. However, the change of format to T20 will require some adjustment and the squad and coaching team continue to work hard to prepare for the challenges ahead.”
“Cricket Scotland would like to thank both the Irish and Dutch cricket boards for their help in pulling this event together and Malahide for hosting what we hope will be a very attractive festival of international cricket.”
Betty Timmer, Chair of KNCB, said:
“After the postponement of the Euro T20 Slam, it was our main priority to find an alternative programme for our players to ensure them the best possible preparation for the T20 World Cup Qualifier. We believe the T20 Tri-Series against Ireland and Scotland will give our squad just that. We would like to thank everyone involved for making this possible.”