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ODI boost for Ireland's cricketers
25 Aug 2015 12:12
Ireland's cricketers will play home ODI series against both Sri Lanka and Pakistan next summer.
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John Bracewell’s side will take on Sri Lanka on Thursday 16 June and Saturday 18 June, with the games against Pakistan taking place on Thursday 18 August and Saturday 20 August.
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The news comes as Ireland prepare to face the world champions Australia in Belfast later this week.
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"It's fantastic news and exactly the type of fixtures we've been crying out for," said Ireland captain William Porterfield.
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"Pakistan have been regular visitors to Ireland in recent years, and we've enjoyed some great tussles against them.
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"Sri Lanka have also been in Dublin recently and we look forward to playing them again.
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"We want to be playing regularly against top sides and these fixtures are a very welcome first step.
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"The players relish these opportunities to take on the top sides, but we will only continue to improve if they become a regular feature."
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Ireland last played Pakistan at this year’s World Cup in Adelaide, where they lost by seven wickets, while the last game against Sri Lanka in Ireland last year ended in a 79-run defeat.
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