Ireland to allow spectators for T20I cricket series against Scotland women from Monday
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BELFAST – The upcoming Ireland Women’s T20I series against Scotland at Stormont is all set to become the first home series an Irish international side will be playing in front of spectators since lockdown.
The series will take place from 23 to 27 May 2021, and according to the Northern Ireland Executive’s guidelines, the spectators will be permitted to attend games in Northern Ireland from Monday 24 May 2021.
Warren Deutrom, Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, said: “Having spectators back at games is something we are greatly looking forward to, but I think I can speak for all Irish cricket fans when I say we are probably more excited to see the Ireland Women’s team back playing international cricket after 624 days.”
“Spectators will be permitted to attend Game 2, 3 and 4 of the series, and we look forward to seeing some familiar faces cheering on our team – and I know the squad are looking forward to playing in front of spectators.”
“Understanding the anomaly of our first match on Sunday not being allowed spectators, we made a request to the NI Executive for a special dispensation to allow spectators 24 hours earlier during Game 1. However, this was turned down so the first match of the series must unfortunately remain behind closed doors. Fans will still be able to watch the first match – and indeed all matches in the series – via our enhanced livestream on the YouTube channel: Cricket Ireland Live.”
A number of COVID-19 guidelines will be in place for the spectators including hygiene stations along with a track trace system.
23 May 2021: Ireland Women v Scotland Women - 1st T20I (Stormont, no spectators permitted)
24 May 2021: Ireland Women v Scotland Women - 2nd T20I (Stormont, starting 1pm)
25 May 2021: Reserve Day (1st & 2nd T20I’s, 1pm start)
26 May 2021: Ireland Women v Scotland Women - 3rd T20I (Stormont, starting 1pm)
27 May 2021: Ireland Women v Scotland Women - 4th T20I (Stormont, starting 11am)