Cricket Ireland have confirmed that their matches against New Zealand and Pakistan have been postponed this summer due to a carnivirus epidemic.
World No. 2 New Zealand will play Ireland in five games, but the Black Caps have decided not to travel to Europe next month.
Ireland was also forced to cancel two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan in July after the series against Bangladesh was postponed earlier this year.
Cricket Ireland leader Warren Deutrom said of the decision: “Following the recent announcements by the Republic and the UK government, it has become clear that the series is not possible in New Zealand.”
“Of course it’s frustrating for Northern Ireland fans, who I know were looking forward to second place at the World Cup, the situation we fully understand was that NZC had no option but to sit at home.”
“Unfortunately, despite the complexities surrounding the official roadmap, Biosafety, Quarantine and Harmony plans, it was not possible to find a way to play the games.
“We are deeply sorry for not being able to deliver international cricket to our fans this year, but we were busy with our entire home international program in the first half of the season.”
Deutram hopes the one-day international against England this fall could continue as planned:
“Negotiations are going on with the ECB. We will try to be as flexible as possible as this is currently our first games as part of the new World Cup Super League.
“However, many challenges need to be addressed – especially around time, the location of the Biosaf and the quarantine requirements for travel players.
“We will continue to work with the ECB to realize these luminaires, but it will take time to resolve the issues.”