Ireland will stage their four-match T20I series against Bangladesh in England, with The Oval, Chelmsford, Bristol and Edgbaston staging one fixture each.
Extensive renovations to their ground in Clontarf, combined with an unusually busy international schedule, left Ireland with only 12 ICC-standard pitches available across Malahide, Stormont and Bready.
Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland’s chief executive, had hinted at the possibility of staging the series at neutral venues in December, and Richard Holdsworth, the performance director, visited several counties to discuss options earlier in the year.
This will be the first time that Ireland have hosted a series at a neutral venue, and the first neutral internationals between full-members nations on English soil since Pakistan played an ODI, two Tests and two T20Is against Australia in 2010.
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