Ireland arrives in the Caribbean

Sat, Apr 3, 2010 11:03 AM

Ireland arrives in the Caribbean
The Irish cricket team arrived in Jamaica last night ahead of its first match against Jamaica in the inaugural Jamaica Cricket Festival.

Taking place at three locations across the island from April 3rd to April 17th, the tournament comprises one three-day match, two ODIs, six Twenty20 matches and one 50-over match over the two-week period. It will feature West Indies, Ireland, Canada and Jamaica.

This marks the beginning of a two-month tour of the Caribbean for the Irish cricketers, who will use the tournament as preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 Tournament which kicks off on April 30th. The last time the Irish cricket team visited the Caribbean was for the ICC World Cup in 2007, when they tied with Zimbabwe and beat Pakistan in the opening round, before qualifying for the Super Eights and recording a massive 74-run victory against the 9th ranked team in the world and Test playing nation, Bangladesh.

Trent Johnston, said on arrival in Jamaica last night: "We're delighted to be back in Jamaica and everyone is really looking forward to this tournament.

"It's a great opportunity for us to practice and acclimatise before the ICC World Twenty20 kicks off at the end of the month."

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