The Ireland women's cricket team's long wait for an international fixture will continue after Spanish authorities extended travel restrictions on UK citizens, meaning that Scotland cannot travel for a series against the Irish that had been planned for La Manga this month.
Ireland were slated to play a five-match series against the Scots ahead of both ODI and T20 World Cup qualifiers this summer.
The series, which had already been postponed once, was set to be the side's first international action since September 2019, and continues a run of unfortunate postponements and cancellations that extend before and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director for Cricket Ireland, said: "This is hugely frustrating for the players and staff at Cricket Ireland, who have twice now within the last four months been working hard behind-the-scenes at preparing for a series against Scotland.
"The first series planned for November 2020 was postponed by Cricket Scotland on the eve of departure due to Covid-related travel issues, and now we see a similar outcome with the Scottish team once more unable to travel to Spain."
"The announcement meant that current travel restrictions in place that were expected to be lifted to allow the series to proceed will now be extended until the end of March."
"Our hearts go out our players and head coach Ed Joyce – I know they will be greatly disappointed once more after their dedicated preparations had been in full swing.
"All we can do now is to look forward, to continue to identify opportunities, and plan a revised programme for the lead up to the two world cup qualifying tournaments this year."
Zimbabwe's planned tour to Ireland in August 2019 was cancelled due to financial issues while all of Ireland's scheduled 2020 fixtures, including a quadrangular tournament in Thailand and World Cup qualifiers fell victim to the pandemic.
The 50-over World Cup has been deferred by a year and will now take place in New Zealand in March 2022, with Ireland set to play in a qualifying tournament in Sri Lanka in June.
That will be followed by a European qualifier for the 2023 T20 World Cup in Scotland in August.