Ireland are the new entrants in the ICC Future Tours Programme

Ireland are the new entrants in the ICC Future Tours Programme

Ireland were granted Test status earlier in 2017.

Ireland team
The Ireland team celebrate their victory over Pakistan during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Future Tours Programme was released today. The list includes ICC’s full members with teams engaging in home and away matches from 2018-2023. The fixtures include all three forms of cricket. Ireland was one of the new entrants in the list having recently attained Test. The team has been around in international cricket for quite a while and has been impressive, to say the least.

They came into the limelight when they knocked Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean. In the 2011 World Cup, Kevin O’Brien’s century took Ireland past England at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. The Irish started playing frequently and captured the imaginations of the supporters. Last year, they were crowned with the Test status.

Ireland’s the comprehensive programme

In May, they locked horns with Pakistan in their maiden Test at Dublin. Albeit they lost the match but made sure that they don’t capitulate at an alarming rate. William Porterfield and his men looked determined to give their opponents a run for their money. Following their inclusion into the FTP, Warren Deutron, the CEO of Cricket Ireland

“From the moment we were granted full membership of the ICC, two of the key priorities for Cricket Ireland were to play our first Test match and to negotiate a multi-format fixture schedule as part of the FTP. We have now delivered both – and we believe the players and fans of Irish cricket will be excited by the comprehensive programme ahead,” Deutrom was quoted as saying by cricketireland.ie.

“We are looking at a minimum of 140 men’s matches across the three formats from 2018 to early 2023, both home and away. This does not include any additional bilateral matches we will play against Associate Member sides, ICC events/qualifying tournaments, or other bilateral content against those Full Members where a playing window is yet to be finalized,” he added.

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