22 January 2008

The Irish Cricket Union and the ECB today announced that it has reached agreement for the staging of a One Day International in 2009, a second ODI in 2011 and a third ODI in 2013 between the two sides.

As part of an agreement between the two countries' Boards,Irelandwill also continue to participate in the English domestic structure for the forseeable future .

The two governing bodies have also agreed to ensure the compatibility of television contracts for the two countries moving forward in order to provide income to support the development of the game and to avoid fixture scheduling clashes.

Commenting on the agreement, Warren Deutrom the Irish Cricket Union Chief Executive said: “We are absolutely delighted that we have reached an agreement with the ECB moving forward . The ECB have been strong supporters of ours for a number of years and it was a logical step to enter into a more formal agreement . HavingEnglandplay inIrelandin 2009, 2011 and 2013 will give the game a huge boost and I am sure our cricketing public will be looking forward to welcoming the English team.”

David Collier , the ECB Chief Executive commented : “We have a strong relationship with the Irish Cricket Union and we are delighted to have reached this agreement.”

”The ODIs with Ireland will create a lot of interest and the participation in our domestic competitions by theIrelandteam will help build on the outstanding achievements of the Ireland team in last year's World Cup.”

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