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Ireland, Afghanistan Are All Set To Play 5 ODIs, 3 T20I And 1 Off Test In Dehradun

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| December 1 , 2018 , 18:11 IST

The International Council Cricket (ICC) on Friday announced a 3-match T20I series, five One-Day Internationals and a one-off Test between Ireland and Afghanistan in February-March next year which will be played at Dehradun, India.

It is learnt that it will be Ireland's first overseas Test match and the second Test match for the two newly recognized cricket playing nation at the highest level. The matches will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

Earlier in 2018, Ireland started out at home against Pakistan, losing by five wickets, while Afghanistan took on India in Bengaluru and went down by an innings and 262 runs.

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According to media reports, Ireland batsman Andrew Balbirnie after the itinerary was finalised said, "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."

"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," he added.