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Ireland Cricket Board has announced the revised schedule for the limited overs series against Zimbabwe. The series was postponed after the Irish government issued new COVID-19 related guidelines. The series, however, has got a green signal and will get underway on August 27. The two teams will cross swords in five T20Is before playing a three-match ODI series, that will serve as the qualifier for the 2023 Cricket World Cup. The three ODIs will be part of the World Cup Super League. As mentioned, the series will start on August 27 with the other four T20Is on 29 August, September 1, 2, and 4. . The ODIs will be played on September 8, 10, 13.

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Cricket Ireland’s High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth said: “In order to meet quarantining requirements in both jurisdictions, the visiting side will spend the first 10 days of their tour training and playing in the Republic under bio-secure protocols, then the two sides can then move to Northern Ireland to complete the series.”

Ireland recently hosted South Africa and had wonderful outings in the ODIs. However, they could not resist the Proteas in the T20Is. Ireland head coach Graham Ford is confident that his team will live up to the expectations against Zimbabwe. The visitors recently played Bangladesh and lost the ODI and T20I series.

“I think the squad reinforced their character, toughness and commitment during the South Africa series, but there were some lessons that the players took away — very simply, we have learnt that we need to improve in all departments of the game in both formats to compete consistently at the highest level.

“As for the T20I series against the South Africans, while T20s can be a bit of a lottery, if you do not start each innings well the challenge of the game grows dramatically. Brave and courageous options are required at times, but if the options do not work it is hard to recover in the limited time available. Unfortunately, we found ourselves in that situation in each game — particularly in the early power plays. It is an area we need to continue to work on.

“Zimbabwe have played excellent cricket recently and have a lot of players in good form at the moment, however once again we will go into the series looking to improve in all departments and not over-complicating things.”

Ireland vs Zimbabwe T20I series schedule

27 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe – 1st T20I

29 August: Ireland v Zimbabwe – 2nd T20I

1 September: Ireland v Zimbabwe – 3rd T20I

2 September: Ireland v Zimbabwe – 4th T20l

4 September: Ireland v Zimbabwe – 5th T20

6 September: Ireland Wolves v Zimbabwe XI – ODM (Venue TBC, start 10.30am)

World Cup Super League series:

8 September: Ireland v Zimbabwe – 1st ODI

10 September: Ireland v Zimbabwe – 2nd ODI

13 September: Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men – 3rd ODI.

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