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Ireland cricket: Stormont to host Zimbabwe test but Australia series off

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Stormont will host its first Test match when Ireland host Zimbabwe in July.

The Belfast venue will be the 123rd cricket ground to hold a men’s Test match as Ireland face Zimbabwe in the format for the first time.

However, the proposed men’s Twenty20 and one-day international series with Australia in August has been postponed.

Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said this “difficult decision”, external was down to a lack of permanent facilities and the cost of temporary infrastructure to host the series.

As Ireland’s fixtures for 2025 were released, the senior women will host ODI and T20 series with Sri Lanka and England in August and September.

Ireland will also look to qualify for the T20 World Cup, with their opening qualifier against the UAE on Thursday, 25 April.

The Irish men have qualified for the T20 World Cup in the USA and their opening match takes place against India in New York on 5 June.

Ireland will also face South Africa in a multi-ball series in Abu Dhabi in October and November.

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