Cricket Ireland have announced that their four-match T20I series against Bangladesh in May will be played in England due to excessive demand on home pitches.
The chief executive of Cricket Ireland, Warren Deutrom, explained the thinking behind the decision.
"2020 is one of Ireland’s biggest home seasons with three major nations touring and 15 matches to host," he said in a statement. "Consequently, it has been our most complex match allocation process ever, given the multiple challenges we are working through.
Ireland have announced they will play their home T20I series against Bangladesh in England.— ICC (@ICC) March 9, 2020
The four matches will be played at The Oval, Chelmsford, Bristol and Edgbaston. pic.twitter.com/ISpY3QqC31
"Chief among these is the loss of access to one of our four international grounds for probably two seasons, with Clontarf undergoing extensive renovations."
The matches will instead be hosted by four grounds in England, with The Oval hosting the opening fixture on Friday 22 May with the teams travelling to Chelmsford and Bristol before finishing up at Edgbaston a week later on Friday 29 May.
The sides will face each other in a three-match ODI series in Belfast prior to the T20Is.
Chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, Tom Harrison, was also upbeat about the move, saying: "We are passionate about helping to protect and grow the game across the world and we are delighted to be able to support Cricket Ireland by hosting this series. We can’t wait to welcome both Ireland and Bangladesh as part of what promises to be an incredibly exciting summer of cricket.
"We saw at first hand the passion and joy both Irish and Bangladeshi fans brought to our venues last year and I’m sure both sets of supporters will enjoy some high quality cricket at all four grounds."