Ireland to host India-Australia ODI series

Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:India and Australia will play three or five One-day internationals at the unlikely venue of Ireland in June, the Indian cricket board said.

Ireland was chosen to host the lucrative made-for-television games after organisers failed to secure venues in the United States or Canada.

The series will be played ahead of India's tour of England in July, which comprises three Tests and seven One-dayers.

"We will play against Australia in the last week of June," Indian cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah told reporters on Wednesday.

"We have chosen Ireland as the venue and details are being worked out."

The matches in Ireland add to the previously arranged home-and-away series between India and Australia over the next 12 months and leave the Indian cricketers facing a hectic schedule.

After the World Cup ends in the Caribbean on April 28, India will tour Bangladesh in May for two Tests and three one-dayers.

This will be followed by tours of Ireland and England, which end on September 8.

Australia then tour India for seven one-day internationals in October, after which India host arch-rivals Pakistan for three Tests and five one-dayers in November-December.

India pay a return visit to Australia in late December for three Tests and the tri-series against Sri Lanka and the hosts, which ends in the first week of March, 2008.

Returning home, the Indians will host South Africa for a Test and one-day series in March-April.


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