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Ireland confirm double Sri Lanka date

January 03, 2014 17:30:31 UK

Ireland will host Sri Lanka in a one-day double header at the start of May.

Kumar Sangakkara will feature for Sri Lanka in Ireland this May.

The back-to-back ODIs at Clontarf, Dublin, will take place on 6th May and 8th May, ahead of the Sri Lankans’ limited-overs and Test tour of England.

“It’s great news for both the team and supporters,” said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

“Ireland need as many matches as possible against full member sides. It’s how we measure ourselves now in terms of our cricketing progress.

“We’ll be gearing our preparation towards the  2015 World Cup, and this series is ideal.

“In terms of winning trophies, 2013 couldn’t have gone much better and have maintained our domination against our fellow associate countries.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for our squad to face players of the calibre of Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews, Tillakaratne Dilshan and of course Lasith Malinga.

Phil Simmons

“We did however miss opportunities to claim victories against both Pakistan and England when in strong positions.

“We’ll be looking to take our cricket to the next level in 2014 by winning from these type of situations, pressing home our advantage when we’re on top.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our squad to face players of the calibre of Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Matthews, Tillakaratne Dilshan and of course Lasith Malinga.

“They’re going to be tough opposition but Irish conditions in May will be to our advantage.”

Sri Lanka then head to England to participate in five one-day internationals and two Tests.

Ireland, meanwhile, will begin life after Trent Johnston as one of the eight minnows attempting to qualify for the tournament proper at the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

Veteran Johnston hung up his boots at the end of 2013 and will leave a sizeable hole to fill as the Irish take on Zimbabwe, the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands for the right to progress.

England are 8.00 to win the 2014 World Twenty20, Sri Lanka are 6.50 and Indua can be backed at 5.00.

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