The Ireland men's cricket team have been forced to postpone their tour to Zimbabwe in April due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation in the country.

Ireland were due to fly to Harare to play a three-match T20 International series, followed by a three-match one-day international series in April.

Zimbabwe Cricket and Cricket Ireland have agreed to reschedule the tour for a later date.

While official ranking ODI games, they were not due to be part of the World Cricket Series League which goes towards qualification for the 2023 World Cup finals in India.

Instead Ireland will face Zimbabwe in Ireland later this year in three world cup qualification matches. 

Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said: "We're obviously disappointed, but to be honest, it is not an unexpected announcement from our Zimbabwean counterparts.

"We appreciate their efforts and willingness to try and make the tour possible, but in the end the health and safety of players and support staff must be of primary consideration.

"We’ll now look at whether alternate fixtures can be arranged during that period, which is a crucial window in advance of a busy home season and in a T20 World Cup year.

"This places even greater importance on the proposed Ireland Wolves tour in February/March given the need to provide many of our players the volume and quality of cricket we need to keep the momentum in player development we have been seeing over the last few years. We expect to be providing an update on the Wolves situation in coming days."