Bready to host Ireland v New Zealand in 3-match series
Cricket Ireland has announced an historic 3-match T20 Men’s International Series between Ireland and New Zealand at Bready CC in June 2020. In what is sure to be an exciting year ahead, Bready and the NWCU are set to host the World Cup Finalists and a team ranked as one of the best in the world.
Peter McCartney, NWCU General Manager, expressed his delight with the fixtures:
This is fantastic news for cricket in the North West. Both Bready and the NWCU have been working hard to secure a series of this calibre and we are delighted to confirm the 3-match series against New Zealand in June 2020. Bready successfully hosted Afghanistan in 2018 and Zimbabwe in 2019, and it’s a great testament to their dedicated volunteers to be now hosting New Zealand.
This represents a major boost for the region as a whole and I’m sure we will see great support from all in the NWCU and further afield. We have been actively engaging with funding partners for the past year, to not only bring high-profile fixtures to Bready, but also ensuring these games have a legacy and participation programme that inspires boys and girls to play cricket at all levels.
2020 is set to be a very busy summer for Irish cricket with 15 home international games. Whilst it is brilliant to see so many games, it does bring a number of challenges. The Unions, host venues, Match Allocation Group and Cricket Ireland have shown excellent partnership in finalising the fixtures and we are looking forward to producing a fantastic summer of cricket across the island.
Brian Dougherty, NWCU Chairman, was also pleased with the news:
This announcement is great news and is reflective of the years of great work by Bready CC and the Union. It represents the success of a collaborative approach between ourselves, Cricket Ireland and Derry City & Strabane District Council. Special thanks must go to the Boards of the NWCU and Bready CC who really stepped up to the mark this past 2 weeks and also to our General Manager, Peter McCartney, for his innovation.
The confirmed fixtures are:
14-May-20 Ireland vs Bangladesh 1st ODI – Stormont
16-May-20 Ireland vs Bangladesh 2nd ODI – Stormont
19-May-20 Ireland vs Bangladesh 3rd ODI – Stormont
19-Jun-20 Ireland vs New Zealand 1st T20I – Bready
21-Jun-20 Ireland vs New Zealand 2nd T20I – Bready
23-Jun-20 Ireland vs New Zealand 3rd T20I – Bready
27-Jun-20 Ireland vs New Zealand 1st ODI – Stormont
30-Jun-20 Ireland vs New Zealand 2nd ODI – Stormont
02-Jul-20 Ireland vs New Zealand 3rd ODI – Stormont
12-Jul-20 Ireland vs Pakistan 1st T20I – Malahide
14-Jul-20 Ireland vs Pakistan 2nd T20I – Malahide
The remaining four fixtures to be allocated in January are the T20 Internationals against Bangladesh, scheduled to be played in late May 2020.