The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Women’s team is slated to tour Ireland for the first-time in history for a two-match limited overs international series against Ireland Women's Select XI and Leinster President’s XI in July. The contest will have Irish players playing for both sides.
Ed Joyce, Head Coach of Ireland Women, believes that these kind of tours should happen on a regular basis. He also said the team will reap the rewards of such tours in the longer run.
“MCC Ireland have had men’s tours for a long time, and so it felt that now was the right time to request a women’s tour with the national side in the ICC Women’s Championship. We are grateful to everyone at MCC Ireland, Cricket Leinster, and the MCC itself, for making this tour happen,” said Joyce.
“These games are set to be more high-quality fixtures for some of our players - the more games and experiences like this our players have, the better. We’ll select the Ireland Women’s Select XI squad closer to the time, but the squad will likely feature a mixture of players from the senior performance squad and our younger development squad,” added Joyce.
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“I would certainly love if this tour could become a regular feature of the calendar. As I said before, the more quality games we get for our High Performance squads annually, the better in my opinion. Hopefully we could make it a longer trip in future,” he mentioned.
Kari Carswell, Head of Women’s Cricket at the MCC, feels that these tours should be maximized in the future and will bolster women's cricket going ahead.
“The MCC Women’s section is very excited by this opportunity to play an Irish side this year – and we hope to welcome three Irish players into our ranks for these matches. Women’s cricket in Ireland is improving year-on-year, and we hope this can become an annual feature of our playing calendar. Women’s cricket globally is on the rise and I see these sorts of tours as providing positive experiences to those involved – on both sides, and giving people lots of opportunities to fulfil their potential,” said Carswell.
- 1 July: Ireland Women XI v MCC Women (T20 match; Merrion Cricket Club, start 5pm)
- 12 July: Leinster President’s XI v MCC Women (50-over match; Pembroke Cricket Club, start 11am)