Ireland are set to tour England for the first time in their cricket history as they take on England in a two-match ODI series in May 2017.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed the first bilateral series between the two nations as the matches are scheduled to be played at Bristol on 5th May and at Lord’s on 7th May 2017.

“We’ve been hugely impressed by the major strides Irish cricket has made in the last decade,” said the England and Wales Cricket Board’s director of England cricket, Andrew Strauss.

“Ireland’s past performances in ICC Cricket World Cups have shown just how competitive they can be in the 50-over format; they will definitely provide our one-squad with a tough test ahead of next summer’s ICC Champions Trophy and I’m sure both these games will be great cricketing occasions with a strong Irish presence in the crowd at each venue.”

The Irish team had some memorable moments against England as they won against the latter in 2011 World Cup which could be dubbed as the most historic victory till date as they chased down massive 327 thanks to a sublime knock by Kevin O’Brien.

Ireland captain William Porterfield said: “It’s absolutely massive for us to have the opportunity to play against England in a series. What makes it extra special is the fact that one of the games is at Lord’s – where every cricketer dreams of playing.

“I’m certain we’ll have a lot of support there from both the Irish living in London and travelling over from Ireland. There’ll be a great atmosphere and it will be one which the team will relish playing in front of.”

Ireland has faced against England only in seven ODIs till date since their ODI debut back in 2006 and have been a competitive side in cricket since then.

The Irish side will next host Afghanistan and will later host the likes of Australia and South Africa this year.

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