Windies con­firmed to play in Ire­land

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DUBLIN, Ire­land, CMC – West Indies have been con­firmed to play in Ire­land next sum­mer, as part of a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional men’s sched­ule in which 16 in­ter­na­tional fix­tures will be played around Ire­land in 2019.

The Windies’ last tour of Ire­land was in 2017, how­ever, a sched­uled match at Stor­mont was aban­doned with­out a ball be­ing bowled.

The first match against the West Indies will bowl off on 5 May at Clon­tarf, just two days af­ter the much-an­tic­i­pated one-day in­ter­na­tional against Eng­land, which takes place in Malahide on 3 May.

Ire­land will face the West Indies again on May 11 in Malahide, with two games against Bangladesh ei­ther side of that match.

The top two sides in the ODI tri-se­ries will then play the fi­nal on 17 May.

Zim­babwe and Afghanistan are the other two top-tier sides carded to play next sum­mer as Ire­land play two ODIs against the Asian side be­fore tak­ing on the Chevrons in three ODIs and three T20 in­ter­na­tion­als.

Ire­land’s high­est pro­file match next sum­mer will be played at Lord’s, where Eng­land host the first ever Test match be­tween the two nations.

“While 2018 was a break­through year in many ways for Ir­ish cricket, 2019 is set to be an­other mo­men­tous year for our sport,” said Chief The Caribbean team will also com­pete in a One-Day In­ter­na­tional tri-se­ries with Ire­land in Bangladesh. Ex­ec­u­tive of Cricket Ire­land, War­ren Deu­trom.

“In all, we will be host­ing eight matches in Dublin and eight matches across North­ern Ire­land. The venues have been cho­sen to spread the fix­ture load across our four in­ter­na­tional-rated grounds – with five matches at Malahide, three at Clon­tarf, five at Stor­mont and three at Bready. (Reuters) - The World Box­ing Coun­cil has given its ap­proval for a “di­rect re­match” be­tween its heavy­weight cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder of the United States and Bri­tain’s Tyson Fury, who fought to a draw in Los An­ge­les last week­end. “Wilder and Fury gave box­ing one of the best fights in the heavy­weight divi­sion in a long time, which has cre­ated tremen­dous pop­u­lar de­mand for the fans to see a re­match,” the WBC said in a state­ment yesterday.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) knocked Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) down twice, in­clud­ing a bru­tal right-left com­bi­na­tion in the 12th that ini­tially looked like it would end the fight.

Fury, who some­how willed him­self to his feet and held on to send the fight to the judges, had ear­lier con­trolled much of the bout be­hind his long jab, pre­cise foot­work and slip­pery de­fense.

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