Ireland confirm postponement of men’s bilateral series versus Australia

“Because we have very few pitches here in Ireland that can host international cricket, we had to make a very difficult decision,” Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said.


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Cricket Ireland has confirmed that they cannot host Australia this summer and have postponed the teams’ first men’s bilateral series.

Australia were scheduled to travel to Ireland in late August for three ODIs and one T20I, followed by a tour of England consisting of three T20Is and five ODIs. Cricket Ireland’s performance director Richard Holdsworth told ESPNcricinfo last month that the series was in doubt and their chief executive Warren Deutrom has confirmed its indefinite postponement.

Deutrom told the Final Word podcast: “It was a tough conversation, picking up the phone and saying to Nick Hockley, ‘Look Nick, we’ve looked at our schedule, we think we have to make some pretty tough choices. This is what it’s about. What stays and what happens, and we have concluded – although it may be hard to believe – that we believe this is the only way forward.”

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Ireland has no permanent home stadium and the cost of organizing international cricket – which requires significant temporary infrastructure – is very high as a result. They have recently played ‘home’ fixtures in England against South Africa and Bangladesh, but there is already a lot of pressure on English pitches at the relevant stage of the season.

Deutrom said, “The simple fact for us was that because we have very few pitches here in Ireland that can host international cricket, we had to make a very difficult decision.” “That would require us to open the Malahide Cricket Ground and if we were going to do that, we estimated that opening Malahide would be a very significant six-figure loss for us.

“The fact is that, in terms of broadcast rights, Australia will probably be the fourth largest of all our various [opponents]… That won’t even cover the cost of production, opening up Malahide and bearing in mind that it’s a “While this is a completely green-field site, unfortunately, we have to make these difficult decisions.”

Deutrom said the postponement “highlights the wider imperative for us to put pressure on the government to build a permanent stadium”, with plans to build a high performance center at the new Sport Ireland complex in Abbotstown in the Dublin suburbs. “We have to take a ticket and stand in the queue as is the case with all other investments from the government,” he said.

Ireland last played Australia in the T20 World Cup 2022

He defended the decision by saying that Cricket Ireland was trying to “balance our spending” and increase investment in the women’s and age-group teams. Deutrom said, “We are no longer a board that weighs itself exclusively by the amount of men’s senior cricket we organise… We are going to try and obviously play Australia again in the future. “

“But we’re playing 46 international matches this year. We’re supporting 47 or 48 matches at provincial level with our men’s Inter-Pros, our women’s Super Series; we have an emerging competition; our Wolves. [The men’s A team] has come in; we are going to host the West Indies Under-23s this year.”

Ireland will announce the outcome of Friday’s board meeting this week, which will include details of their men’s international program for 2024. They will face Pakistan in three T20Is next month and are also scheduled to host Zimbabwe (one Test, three ODIs, three T20Is). and South Africa (three ODIs, three T20Is) as per the future tour schedule – although both series are expected to be cut short.

Former ICC chief executive Dave Richardson has been recommended for a role on the Cricket Ireland board and his appointment is due to be approved at the upcoming AGM. “For me, wouldn’t it be great to be the only national governing body in Ireland to have a recent former CEO of a major sporting world game sitting on its board?” Deutrom said.


Cricket Ireland has come under pressure in recent weeks over the controversial purchase of two Tesla cars for senior executives – one for Deutrom, the other for chief financial officer Andrew May – at a time when their precarious financial position is leading them on tour. Inducing to cancel. International teams. Deutrom defended the decision, but revealed that one of the cars had been repossessed. “It’s been painful, because the perception is that it’s the snout in the trough,” he said.

“I suspect it’s the perception of the posh brand that has begged all the questions. On a human level, can I go back and give the car back and get a slightly less posh model at a quick price to save myself the trouble? Can save? Absolutely, yes. But from the company’s financial point of view, would I want to pay a little more to avoid this perception?

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