Ireland's inaugural Test match against Sri Lanka, which was scheduled to take place in February next year, has been postponed for lack of a broadcast partner. This unfortunate occurrence has deprived Ireland the opportunity to play just their fourth Test match.
The postponement has come as a huge blow to Ireland since they recently had to cancel their T20I series with Afghanistan and convert a Test encounter with Bangladesh into a T20I match. The reason behind this latest delay is due to Sri Lanka Cricket's original broadcast agreement having been concluded in 2013 when Ireland was not a full member country.
Sri Lanka hope to reschedule the Ireland Test for later in 2020 in light of a new broadcast agreement. "We were far progressed in our planning for this short tour, so we and the travelling squad are obviously disappointed," Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said.