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June 1, 2012
Ireland will play their first international game at Malahide Cricket Club against England on September 3, 2013, subject to clearance from the ICC. The Malahide ground in Dublin has been developed to a capacity of 11,500, making it Ireland's biggest cricket venue, and will be officially opened at the planned ODI fixture next year.
England have won four of the five ODIs between the sides but famously lost to Ireland at Bangalore in the 2011 World Cup. The match could also be of significance to Eoin Morgan, England's captain on their last visit to Dublin in August 2011, who played for Malahide as a teenager between 2000 and 2002.
Ireland coach Phil Simmons said: "I live just around the corner from the ground so it's fantastic for the club and the area to be hosting a game of this magnitude. It's going to be a super venue for cricket, and the fact that it's England coming will give the whole day that extra edge that contests between the countries in all sports seem to inspire."
Alan Hughes, president of Malahide Cricket Club, said "Malahide are delighted to be able to stage this match and look forward to hosting the largest ever crowd at a cricket international in Ireland. It's certain to be a memorable occasion, and hopefully the first of many top-class matches at the ground."
Ireland's regular venues for international cricket include Clontarf in Dublin and the Civil Service ground at Stormont. Malahide has also been confirmed as the stage for two Twenty20 games against the touring South Africa A side later this year.
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