Windies, Ireland book one-off ODI
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 is 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.
"It should be a tough contest and Irish conditions will be ideal in helping our preparations for England."
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.
"I'm looking forward to taking on New Zealand and Bangladesh on our own soil. Conditions in May will, hopefully, be to our advantage and represent a great opportunity for us to collect some wins," the former New Zealand Test player said.
"With the West Indies due later next year, we'll have played eight of the top nine sides in a short period. That's got to be good for our cricketing development and, hopefully, that trend will continue."