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Afghanistan set to host Ireland for full series in India next year

Afghanistan set to host Ireland for full series in India next year

Afghanistan are set to host Ireland for a full series consisting of three T20Is, five ODIs and a one-off Test with all games to be staged at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun between February 23 and March 21 in 2019.

It will be Ireland's first overseas Test match, and the second Test match for the two newest teams at the highest level – earlier in 2018, Ireland started out at home against Pakistan, losing by five wickets. Whereas Afghanistan played India in Bangalore and lost their inaugural Test by an innings and 262 runs.

All nine matches will be played at one of the new international venues in India, Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

“The Afghanistan series is a major step forward for Irish cricket as the tour is our first major tour as a Full Member. It will no doubt be a test for the entire squad – taking on Afghanistan in subcontinent conditions will require a level of adjustment by both our batting and bowling units,” said Andrew Balbirnie, the experienced Irish batsman.

“As we saw here at home in the summer, Afghanistan is a quality side with some world-class players, and will be a great challenge in their ‘home’ conditions.”

Itinerary for Afghanistan vs Ireland

23 February: 1st T20I

24 February: 2nd T20I

26 February: 3rd T20I

2 March: 1st ODI

4 March: 2nd ODI

7 March: 3rd ODI

9 March: 4th ODI

12 March: 5th ODI

17-21 March: one-off Test