The men’s national team will play Ireland in two T20Is and three ODIs at Lauderhill, Florida, in late December, in their first-ever home series against a Test nation. The tour will get off on December 22 with the first T20I, followed by another the next day. The ODIs will be contested on December 26, 28, and 30, and will serve as a warm-up for Ireland ahead of their trip to the West Indies in early January for three Cricket World Cup Super League ODIs.
In a press release, USA Cricket chief executive Iain Higgins said, “We are very ecstatic to confirm next month’s series with Cricket Ireland, which we have been working on for the past few months as we continue to try and increase the playing chances for our national sides. Bringing an ICC Full Member to the United States for a five-match international series is a historic and extremely significant step forward for cricket in the United States.”
“We hope that by hosting the first-ever home set of international matches against a Full Member, this series will help to highlight the potential of American cricket. We’ll provide ticketing information next week, and we’re hoping that the series’ timing will provide fans with a fantastic opportunity to experience high-level international cricket in person next month in Florida.”
Because of the organization’s recent financial troubles, the timing of the Ireland T20I and ODI series announcement may raise some concerns in the US cricket community. Flight and hotel prices in south Florida often peak during the Christmas holiday season, implying that the event will be substantially more expensive to produce than usual.
Separately, the introduction of the series comes less than a week before the USA Men’s 50-over national championships, which are facing financial difficulties. On October 23, less than a month before the domestic tournament is set to begin on November 15 in Houston, USA Cricket released a press release seeking a title sponsor but has yet to confirm that they have been successful.