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Ireland to play WI in T20 matches at Sabina Park

Published: Saturday | December 21, 2013 Comments 0
Gayle ... the region's top Twenty20 batsman. - File
Gayle ... the region's top Twenty20 batsman. - File

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC):

Defending World T20 champions West Indies will face Ireland in two T20 Internationals at Sabina Park, Jamaica, in February, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced.

The two teams will also meet in a one-day international also at the same venue.

"We are delighted to welcome the Irish Team to play against our Windies in this upcoming series," said Richard Pybus, the WICB's director of cricket.

"It comes immediately after the NAGICO Super50 Tournament and will be a great opportunity for the squad to get quality preparation ahead of the visit by England and before they head off to defend the ICC World T20 title which they won so spectacularly back in October 2012."

THREE-MATCH SERIES

The three-match series will be played immediately following the NAGICO Super50 Tournament in Trinidad and Tobago.

The Irish will travel directly from Trinidad, while the Windies will assemble in Jamaica on Sunday, February 16, to start their preparations.

"It will also signal the start of the international season in the West Indies and it promises to be a bumper year of cricket for the fans here in the Caribbean," said Pybus.

"The Windies will have several assignments and we foresee some tough and exciting cricket as we look to build and move up the ICC rankings in all three formats."

Following the series, West Indies will play three ODIs against England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua (February 28, March 2 and 5) and three T20s at Kensington Oval in Barbados (March 9, 11 and 13).

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