The MCC have lined up a busy schedule in Ireland for 2021, including two fixtures against Ireland U19s, a return to the NW to play the Warriors, plus games against Fingal and an Asian Select.

Their Northern Ireland Schools week starts on June 15th when they play an Ulster Schools XI at Campbell College, followed by a two-day match against an NCU Academy at Carrickfergus on June 16th and 17th.

They then take on Ireland U19s at Belmont on June 18th, the first of two scheduled games against Ryan Eagleson's young side, who are playing in the World Cup Qualifiers at the end of July.The second game is scheduled for July 21st with the Dublin venue still to be confirmed.

A first visit to the North West since 2004 is set for July 7th, when they are due to play a NW Warriors Academy side - the venue is yet to be ratified.

College Park, Trinity, will host a three-day match against a Leinster Development XI which takes place between July 26-28.

Balbriggan is the setting for an exciting 40-over encounter against a Fingal Development XI, while the final game of their summer in Ireland is an inaugural match versus a Southern Ireland Asian XI.

"On behalf of MCC we are very excited to play valuable fixtures against competitive schools plus emerging and Irish U19 teams in Ireland," said Ehtesham Ahmed (pictured above with David Kennedy), the MCC Area Representative for Ireland.

"Our two school weeks, one in North and one in South, have been run successfully for many years and they are very valuable for MCC in the development of cricket on the Island and finding future MCC members.

"This year I am very excited to bring back a fixture in the North West area after nearly two decades. In the past MCC has played against Ireland and Ireland A in the area.

"Also we have an additional fixture this year in Dublin against a NACC XI which forms part of the MCC South Asian engagement program which has been running successfully in the UK for the last couple of years."

The itinerary was also welcomed by Matthew Dixon of MCC who added:

"As Chairman of the Players and Fixtures sub-committee at Lord's for the past six years it has been great to see the increase in fixtures against development and age group XI's. This is especially true in Ireland where the schools week and other mini-tours are very popular with our Playing Members.

"I am delighted that additional games have been included to the fixture list in Ireland by our new Area Representative in the country, Ehtesham Ahmed, who is carrying on the excellent work of previous Area Representatives, most recently Greg Molins.

"The region goes from strength to strength with the recruitment of excellent cricketers who want to join MCC."