WI to face Ireland in ODI next year


July 09, 2016

DUBLIN, Ireland (CMC):

West Indies will play Ireland in a one-off one-day international (ODI) during their tour of England next year, Cricket Ireland has said.

The Caribbean side are expected to play three Tests, one Twenty20 and five one-day internationals against England between August and September 2017, and the fixture against the Irish has been pencilled in for September 13, ahead of the ODI series.

Windies head coach Phil Simmons, who spent eight years as Ireland coach before stepping down last year, said he was looking forward to the rivalry.

"I'm really looking forward to bringing the West Indies team to Ireland. I had eight great years there as coach and made some lasting friendships as well as winning trophies," Simmons said.

West Indies' last ODI against Ireland proved a humbling experience, as they crashed to a shock four-wicket defeat during the ICC Cricket World Cup last year.

And with the Irish also expected to take on New Zealand and Bangladesh next year, coach John Bracewell said these fixtures augured well for the continued development of his side.

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