Cricket Ireland remain hopeful that the three men's One Day International games against England will go ahead at the end of July, with the matches most likely to be held at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. 

England are due to play a series of Test and one-day games this summer against the West Indies and Pakistan, with Ireland not playing the longer form of the game and instead taking part in three one-day matches as part of the inaugural ICC Cricket World Cup Super League from 30 July to 6 August.

"England are looking to split their Test and One Day International sides as both cant play at the same ground and Southampton is a possible venue for the games against Ireland," said Cricket Ireland PRO Craig Easdown.

"There would have to be a lot of steps to get this done, as the squad would firstly have to get approval for travel and then the logistics would have to be worked out from the airport to coaches to hotel and the ground itself.

"The English Cricket board are willing and so are we, but we would also have to get approval from the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive to proceed."

Its likely that Ireland's squad would travel, if given the go ahead, to a hotel at the Ageas Bowl some 10 to 12 days ahead of the first game.

Its also hoped that Ireland can return to training when the second phase of the Irish Government's easing of restrictions is due on Monday 8 June.

An announcement on England's summer fixtures is due from the ECB on Thursday.

The governing body, the ICC, are also due to announce whether this October's T20 World Cup, for which Ireland have qualified, can go ahead in Australia.

Earlier today they rejected claims the tournament will be postponed, insisting a number of contingency plans are being considered.