The Afghanistan Cricket Board have announced that they will host Ireland's men's side for a three-match One Day International (ODI) series in January 

The matches, which are scheduled to be held on 18, 21 and 23 January at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, will be part of the ODI Super League which counts towards qualification for the 2023 ICC World Cup. 

Ireland have already played three games in the Super league, losing the recent England series in Southampton by two games to one, with the final dramatic win in game three of the series giving Graham Forde's side 10 points on the league table. 

Ireland last played a men's series against Afghanistan in India in March of this year where the Afghans won a three game T20 series by two matches to one. 

Prior to that in 2019, Afghanistan and Ireland drew a five-game ODI series also in India 2-2 with one game rained off, with Ireland then losing the test match between the sides by seven wickets 

Cricket Ireland are also working in a tri nations men's series in the UAE possibly involving Scotland and the hosts in mid to late December of this year.

However Cricket Scotland has advised Cricket Ireland that it is withdrawing from next week's five-match women’s series that was to be held in La Manga Club in Spain.

Despite "significant" work and planning from Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland, the venue and sports bodies in both nations to mitigate risks in regard to Covid-19, Scotland has pulled out.

Cricket Scotland say the decision was made due to concerns at the continuing and evolving high levels of the virus in Scotland, and in light of updated specialist advice received in the last 24 hours on the risks to the players in the current circumstances.