Afghanistan Cricket Board will host Ireland for a month-long series of three T20Is, five ODIs and one Test match from 21st February – 19th March 2019 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, India. The Test match will be the first between ICC’s new Full Members after obtaining Test status in 2017; Afghanistan’s inaugural Test match came against India whilst Ireland played Pakistan in their first Test match. The Irish side arrives in India on 18th February.
- 1st T20I – 21st February 2019
- 2nd T20I – 23rd February 2019
- 3rd T20I – 24th February 2019
- 1st ODI – 28th February 2019
- 2nd ODI – 2nd March 2019
- 3rd ODI – 5th March 2019
- 4th ODI – 8th March 2019
- 5th ODI – 10th March 2019
- Only Test Match – 15th – 19th March 2019
ACB Chief Executive Officer Shafiqullah Stanikzai welcomed the finalization of the itinerary and said: “Initially, we planned to conclude the series on 23rd March but keeping in mind the dates of the Indian Premier League in which three of Afghanistan’s main players will be participating, the dates were slightly adjusted and I would like to thank Cricket Ireland for honoring our request. The series will be important for Afghanistan as we are in the preparation stage of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and we are certain that both sides will play competitive cricket.”
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said: “The importance of this series to both nations cannot be understated, so it was important that we could ensure the fans did not miss out on a clash that will see best v best in terms of players available. We hope this slight amendment to playing days does not impact too much on the travel bookings of any fans attending the series. We look forward to a great series – which will include Ireland’s first overseas Test match.”
Afghanistan is currently ranked 8th in T20Is and 10th in ODIs whereas Ireland is ranked 17th in T20Is and 12th in ODIs and both sides will aim to improve their rankings and achieve valuable rating points.