Ireland, Netherlands to play four T20Is in Malahide from July 26
The Netherlands captain Juliet Post (L) with Ireland skipper Laura Delany during the Quadrangular Series in 2019. © ICC
Netherlands will tour Ireland for a four-match T20I series starting July 26, Cricket Ireland announced on Thursday (June 24). All games will be played at The Village, Malahide in Dublin.
“It was great to see the character and determination emerge from this young squad after we went 1-0 down in the Scotland series last month,” said Ed Joyce, Head Coach of Ireland after the announcement.
“To turn it around and dominate the following three matches told me a lot about the focus and competitive edge that this squad possesses. Indeed, that last squad was missing some of our key players, so to see a number of our emerging talent step up and shoulder responsibility was very encouraging.”
This will be the first time that Netherlands will be seen in action since the T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019. They finished sixth in the tournament, going down to Scotland in the fifth-place play-off.
“It’s fantastic that the KNCB (Netherlands Cricket Board) and Cricket Ireland have been able to put this tour together in these circumstances,” said Shane Deitz, Head Coach of Netherlands.
“Our team has had many tours postponed and it has been a long time since we have been able to go and play against some quality opposition in quality conditions. I am excited to see the team play and I know the girls are very excited for the opportunity. This will be a superb build up for the European qualifiers in Spain and for us to work out some combinations and try a few things.”
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This is the only second time Ireland will play after the T20 World Cup Qualifier in 2019. They last played against Scotland last month, winning the series 3-1. However, they are set to play a one-off T20 against North West Thunder at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
“As always, the more competitive cricket we can get for the squad, the better – and we appreciate the Dutch side travelling over during what are still challenging times,” said Joyce.
“We look forward to another competitive series, and – with the Lancashire Women match next week – this will be an important month for our preparations ahead of out T20 World Cup Qualifier in August.”
Ireland and Netherlands will also be part of the T20 World Cup Europe Qualifier in August in which Scotland, France, Germany and Turkey will also be there.
July 26 – 1st T20I
July 27 – 2nd T20I
July 29 – 3rd T20I
July 30 – 4th T20I