Ireland will play India in two T20 internationals in Dublin this summer, the first matches in the format for new Ireland head coach Graham Ford.

Both games will be held at Malahide, with the first encounter scheduled for Wednesday 27 June and the second match two days later on Friday 29 June.

It will be the first time that the sides have met on Irish soil since they played an ODI in Belfast back in 2007.

Ford is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against such high profile opposition.

"It’s fantastic news for the lads and fans alike," said Ford.

"The matches will of course be a huge challenge for the team, but what an opportunity for everyone to showcase their talents in front of a huge audience, both at the games and live on television.

"I’m sure the players will respond positively to the occasion with the added incentive of knowing eye-catching displays could result in a possible IPL contract.

"We haven’t played our best cricket in the format in recent years which is reflected in the rankings, but what better time to start climbing the ladder again. We have a number of players ideally suited to the short-form and on home soil it’s a great opportunity to cause a shock or two," added Ford.

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom is delighted at the prospect of India coming to the capital. 

"We are excited to welcome back India to Ireland for the first time in 11 years," said Deutrom.

"We are sure crowds will be keen to get a rare glimpse of some of the sport’s T20 superstars in the height of summer in Dublin."

It is shaping up to be a busy and historic year for the Irish who start the year with a four-match ODI series against the UAE and Scotland this week.

They take part in the World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March, while May sees Ireland play Pakistan in their maiden men’s Test Match at Malahide from May 11-15.