FOR THE FIRST time in 11 years, Ireland will play host to India with the two sides set to meet in a pair of T20 internationals this summer.
The two sides have only played one T20I against each other - in Nottingham during the 2009 ICC World T20.
This was announced by the BCCI in New Delhi today.
2018 is shaping up to be a busy year for Ireland with a four-match ODI series against the UAE and Scotland this week before taking part in World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe in March.
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India last toured Ireland in 2007 when they played an ODI at Belfast, which the visitors won by nine wickets (via D/L method). Interestingly, the short T20I series will serve as a warm-up ground for India's much talked about tour of England that commences in July this year.
The games will be the first T20 internationals for Ireland head coach Graham Ford, and the South African is relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against such high profile opposition.
India will play two Twenty20 Internationals against Ireland, BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said in a media advisory on Wednesday.
This time around the Irish side would fancy their chances in the shortest format considering the fact that they have improved significantly since the last time these two sides met for an global fixture.