Ireland have accepted an invitation to participate in the WICB Regional Super50 Tournament.
The tournament will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, the home country of Ireland coach Phil Simmons, and is scheduled to run from the end of January to mid-February
Ireland currently hold ICC titles in all three formats and secured their qualification for the 2015 World Cup by winning the WCL Championship earlier this year.
They will join seven teams in two groups in the Regional Super50, playing in Zone A alongside Guyana, Windward Islands and Jamaica.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Ireland’s cricketers to play in this prestigious competition,” Simmons said. “There’s no doubt that the matches will be of a very high standard and it’s a perfect platform for Irish cricket to show the West Indian public just how far their cricket has progressed in the past few years.
“The Caribbean holds a special place in Irish cricket history – for many this was where our unique journey started in 2007, and hopefully will be the catalyst that sees Ireland eventually be granted Test status by 2020.”
Ireland will play their games at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad, with Guyana their first opponents on January 31.
They will then take on defending champions Windward Islands on February 3 before facing Jamaica on February 8.
Cricket Ireland’s performance director, Richard Holdsworth, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the West Indies Cricket Board for this opportunity. It will give the squad exposure to a high standard of competition which is vital as we prepare for the 2015 World Cup.”
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