Ireland and Proteas to play two T20Is in Gloucestershire

Ireland and South AfricaFile image: South Africa and Ireland.

Ireland will host South Africa, in England, for two T20Is in August 2022.

The fixtures will be played at the Bristol County Ground in Gloucestershire on 3 and 5 August.

South Africa have never played international cricket at this venue, but are scheduled for a T20I against England here on 27 July – a week prior to the start of the Ireland series.

The Proteas and Irish have met three times in T20I cricket. All of those fixtures were played last year. South Africa won all three.

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What Cricket Ireland said

“Given we will shortly after be heading to a T20 World Cup, are the two T20I series against South Africa and Afghanistan. Our thanks goes to Gloucestershire Cricket Club for agreeing to host the South African series,” said Cricket Ireland chief executive officer Warren Deutrom.

“Arranging and allocating fixtures is always a complicated process given our facility constraints. These challenges require a juggling act around loading on our international pitches, hosting and touring costs, the needs of hosting clubs, reciprocity with opponents, scheduling our and elite domestic competitions.

“Taking all these into consideration, we decided to postpone this year’s planned tour to Zimbabwe in April and the home Bangladesh series into 2023. This will help alleviate some of these factors, spread the cost of men’s cricket over two years, and also spread the fixture load across 2022 and 2023.”

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