India confirm Ireland double-header

10 January 2018 23:36:18 GMTPlus11

Star-studded India, the 2007 World Twenty20 champions, will visit Ireland for two T20 internationals in Dublin in June.

The back-to-back games at Malahide will take place on June 27th and 29th and will represent the first T20 internationals for Ireland head coach Graham Ford.

"It's fantastic news for the lads and fans alike," said South African Ford.

"The matches will of course be a huge challenge for the team, but what an opportunity for everyone to showcase their talents in front of a huge audience, both at the games and live on television.

"I'm sure the players will respond positively to the occasion with the added incentive of knowing eye-catching displays could result in a possible IPL contract.

"We haven't played our best cricket in the format in recent years which is reflected in the rankings, but what better time to start climbing the ladder again.

"We have a number of players ideally suited to the short-form and on home soil it's a great opportunity to cause a shock or two."

Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom added: "We are excited to welcome back India to Ireland for the first time in 11 years.

"We are sure crowds will be keen to get a rare glimpse of some of the sport's T20 superstars in the height of summer in Dublin."

Meanwhile, India are 4.50 to win the 2020 World Twenty20, with South Africa priced at 7.50 and New Zealand 8.00.

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