Ireland will play one-day internationals at home against New Zealand and Bangladesh in a tri-series in May 2017.

The sides will play two matches apiece in the six-match series, helping the Black Caps and the Tigers acclimatise ahead of their participation in the ICC Champions Trophy which takes place in England next June. 

Ireland last faced Bangladesh on home soil in 2010, when a William Porterfield century helped Ireland to a draw in their series.

New Zealand have enjoyed the upper hand in both their previous one-day encounters.

For Ireland coach John Bracewell it’s an opportunity to pit his wits against his fellow countrymen. The Aucklander played 41 Tests and 53 one-day internationals for the national side and coached the team from 2003 to 2008.

“It should be a fantastic series and one which both myself and the squad will look forward to,” said Bracewell.

“We are now getting the volume of cricket that the team needs to take their cricket to the next level. We’re also getting series against the full members, rather than one-off games, which is great.  

“We have ODIs scheduled against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh and New Zealand over the next year at least. Those series will give us an excellent idea of where we at in terms of progression.”