Cricket Ireland has received provisional approval for club cricket to resume activity in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

However, the governing body of the sport here is still awaiting confirmation that their national squad players can resume training.

RTÉ sport understands that Ireland's contracted players will most likely be based at three hubs when the go-ahead is given; the National Training Centre at Abbotstown, Bready in County Tyrone and the University of Jordanstown.

A 20-kilometre travel limit will be part of phase two of easing Covid-19 restrictions in the Republic of Ireland from Monday but the governing bodies of Irish sport want a waiver to ensure that their elite athletes can train at designated hubs.

In a statement, Cricket Ireland said that "limited cricket training will be able to resume once two key requirements are fulfilled: the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive formally notify that their respective jurisdiction is moving to Phase 2 / Step 2, and that cricket clubs undertake pre-opening protocol compliance measures and undertake training."

Cricket Ireland made its submission to the two Governments on 22 May seeking approval to restart activity.

Following positive engagement with Sport Ireland and Sport NI, the return-to-training protocols have now been approved for implementation in the Republic of Ireland, with Sport NI noting the protocols can be communicated to clubs in Northern Ireland ahead of implementation.

This means that Provincial Unions and clubs can actively progress their Covid-19 safety preparation work in anticipation of each Government's progression to the second step of their respective reopening road-maps.

"Our priority from the outset was to take a safety-first approach - to ensure the health of players, coaches, volunteers and families" said Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland

"With this in mind, it’s important that we remind our club and grassroots family that the 20km radius rule still applies to club cricketers, and that the ability to restart training depends upon being able to comply with the protocols.

Cricket Ireland are also still involved in discussions with the English Cricket Board (ECB) to see whether their proposed three one-day games can go ahead at the end of July in Southampton.

The ECB have confirmed three Test matches against the West Indies this summer but have yet to give the green light to the games against Ireland.