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Ireland will face Windies in three T20Is in late May, before taking on Zimbabwe in July in three 50-over matches, followed by three T20 Internationals. The three T20Is against Zimbabwe will form part of three double-headers, with Ireland’s men taking on Zimbabwe’s men at the same location.

Three T20I matches with Scotland have also been agreed to, with the dates and locations for these matches yet to be announced. The year will also see Ireland take part in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier.

Four members of Ireland's side retired in 2018 – from left to right: Clare Shillington, Isobel Joyce, Cecelia Joyce, Ciara Metcalfe
Four members of Ireland's side retired in 2018 – from left to right: Clare Shillington, Isobel Joyce, Cecelia Joyce, Ciara Metcalfe

Speaking on the announcement, Aaron Hamilton, Ireland’s head coach said: “2018 was a significant year for women’s cricket in many ways – we played 19 fixtures home and away, which culminated in an appearance in the Women’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean, saw top-class fixtures at home, and a tour to Zimbabwe. It was also a period of generational change as we farewelled our four longest-serving members, but ushered in a new era of professionalism of the sport by announcing that we would be offering the first-ever women’s part-time contracts in 2019.

“The larger goal for the squad at this point is twofold – to qualify for the next T20 World Cup in Australia in February 2020, and to ensure our world ranking is maintained so we are part of the new Women’s Championship post-2021. Last year almost 600-caps of experience retired – it will be a challenge to go into this next phase without those players, but when I look at the talent and potential coming through, I believe we are well placed to achieve those objectives.”

Fixtures

Windies Women's tour of Ireland

26 May – (YMCA CC, Dublin) T20I
28 May – (Pembroke CC, Dublin) T20I
29 May – (Pembroke CC, Dublin) T20I

Zimbabwe Women's tour of Ireland

3 July – (Oak Hill) 50-over
5 July – (Oak Hill) 50-over
7 July – (Oak Hill) 50-over
10 July – (Stormont) T20I
12 July – (Bready CC) T20I
14 July – (Bready CC) T20I

Standings

TeamsMatWonLostTiedPtsNet RR
Papua New Guinea650111+2.814
Vanuatu6315-0.264
Fiji6244-0.688
Samoa624-1.739