Interim head coach Ed Joyce believes the quality and talent is there, but there is a lot of hard work ahead before the Ireland Women's cricket team fly to Scotland for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup Global Qualifier in August.

Featuring eight teams, the tournament is the final qualifier for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup to be held in Australia from 21 February - 8 March 2020. 

Ireland will be up against the likes of Scotland, Bangladesh Thailand, USA and Zimbabwe with two teams from the eight involved securing a place in the T20 World Cup.

Joyce's side will prepare for the tournament with an international series against Zimbabwe before a quadrangular tournament in the Netherlands against the Dutch, Scotland and Thailand.

It's a baptism of fire for the 40-year-old, who took over from Aaron Hamilton two weeks ago."What we all want is a confident and happy group going over to the tournament," he said.

"It's really important to get to that point and winning games of cricket is the best way to achieve that. It's very important for me as the new coach to see the squad play as many games as possible, so hopefully the weather plays its part at Oak Hill and in the North so we get through six games and see lots of cricket.

"We'll attempt to try people in different roles and try and get somewhat of a settled squad before we get to that quadrangular series in August, which is also going to be very important leading into the qualifier.

"One area perhaps is to bring more power into our game. Watching some of the top teams, like England Women playing West Indies this week, the athleticism in the field is very evident, and when they hit the ball they really hit it really hard, and they're hitting a lot of boundaries.

"We've got some players who can do that really well and others who have a way to go, so that would be my focus in the medium term if I did get the opportunity to continue in the job after the qualifier."