• Windies, Ireland, Bangladesh line up pre-World Cup tri-series

    Ireland will play host to both the West Indies and Bangladesh from 5-17 May in a tri-series as preparation for the two visitors for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England, according to espncricinfo.

    The series will consist of a double round-robin stage where each team will play the other two sides twice. The series begins on 5 May with the West Indies facing off against the home side and concludes with a final in Malahide on 17 May.

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    The competition is meant to serve as preparation in English conditions for World Cup-bound Bangladesh and West Indies. The pair will open their accounts in the tournament with matches against South Africa (2 June) and Pakistan (31 May) respectively.

    It’s likely that more than a couple of the West Indies players will miss out on the trip to Ireland entirely, as they take part in the Indian Premier League, whose playoff rounds start on 7 May, two days after the Windies’ opening fixture against Ireland.

    Players such as Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis and Carlos Brathwaite will all be taking part in the cricketing spectacle in India, and have been awarded permission by Cricket West Indies to stay with their franchises for the duration of the IPL.

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    Espncricinfo reports that Cricket West Indies is looking at the Ireland tri-series as a way to ready their fringe players, giving them match and English-conditions exposure in case they are required for duty as the World Cup wears on.

    The series will be hosted in Dublin, and the matches will all take place between Castle Avenue (Clontarf) and The Village (Malahide).

    Tri-series schedule
    5 May: Ireland vs West Indies – Clontarf
    7 May: West Indies vs Bangladesh – Clontarf
    9 May: Ireland vs Bangladesh – Malahide
    11 May: Ireland vs West Indies – Malahide
    13 May: West Indies vs Bangladesh – Malahide
    15 May: Ireland vs Bangladesh – Clontarf
    17 May: Final, Malahide

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