Cricket Ireland has introduced Munster Reds as a fourth team to the 50-over Cup format of the men’s domestic Inter-Provincial Series.
The new structure includes the four teams of North West Warriors, Northern Knights, Leinster Lightning and the Munster Reds in both formats competing in the two white-ball competitions as follows:
• Inter-Provincial Cup competition (50-over format): a four-team league comprising a two round-robin series, allowing each team a total of six matches each.
• Inter-Provincial Trophy competition (T20 format): a four-team league comprising a series of three-day festivals.
The 2021 tournament is scheduled to begin in May and end in September of this year.
The improvements endeavour to create a true best v best system for Irish cricket, which will benefit the international pathway and increase top-level opportunities at this level for a wider pool of players.
The change will also see a future increase in investment in the Munster pathway system to support growth and opportunity for players coming through the province’s youth ranks.