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Based on the information provided, it has reported that Ireland is considering the postponement of their inaugural men’s bilateral series against Australia due to financial and logistical challenges.

Under the Future Tours Programme, Australia scheduled to tour Ireland for three ODIs and a one-off T20I in August and September before proceeding to England for further white-ball series. However, the potential strains of a busy home summer for Ireland have prompted a reassessment of the Australia fixtures and their feasibility. It’s worth noting that Australia has previously played one-off ODIs in Ireland around tours to England.

In addition to the Australia series, Pakistan and South Africa are set to tour for white-ball series, and Ireland will also host a T20 tri-series with the Netherlands and Scotland. Furthermore, following their historic first-ever Test match victory against Afghanistan, Ireland scheduled to play Zimbabwe in a one-off Test and white-ball cricket. Notably, Ireland has not hosted a Test match since their debut against Pakistan in 2018. Additionally, tours by England, Sri Lanka, and the Netherlands in women’s cricket anticipated, with the announcement of Ireland’s home schedule expected within a fortnight.

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The high performance director of Cricket Ireland, Richard Holdsworth, highlighted the challenges in delivering the extensive international schedule due to the increased costs of hosting games in Ireland, particularly since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. He emphasized that the costs of putting on games in Ireland have risen significantly, including hotel prices and temporary infrastructure for grounds.

Holdsworth mentioned that the Australia white-ball series would not relocated to England, citing England’s heavy schedule and the unsuitability of smaller county grounds for hosting matches against the likes of Australia. The decision on whether to host Australia this summer or move them into a different part of the Future Tours Programme still under consideration, with all options reviewed.

Furthermore, Holdsworth stated that delivering the entire international schedule would have been more manageable if Ireland had access to its full allocation of ICC funds from the new distribution model. He expressed that the reduced budget due to withheld ICC funds has impacted their ability to deliver a comprehensive international schedule, highlighting that additional revenues would have facilitated a more extensive delivery.

Discussions over the funding issue, including potential reductions in the withholding of funding, set for the upcoming ICC meetings in Dubai, where Ireland, along with Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, may explore the possibility of reducing the withholding of funding by a small percentage.

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