Ireland’s upcoming One Day International series with three games against South Africa in Malahide is sold out, as is the T20 international in northern County Dublin.
According to the government’s Covid-19 regulations, only 560 backers will be allowed into the venue, with tickets quickly taken off when they went on sale online Tuesday.
The three ODI games – the first home ODIs in two years – will take place next Sunday, July 11, Tuesday, July 13 and Friday, July 16, the T20 game on Monday, July 19.
The two teams will then travel to Belfast to wrap up the T20 series with two more games on July 22nd and 24th. Tickets are still available for the Belfast Games, capacity is currently 500, but the number could increase.
Ireland’s skipper Andrew Balbirnie welcomed the return of the fans, saying: “It feels great to finally play as a team again against a home international. It’s been a busy year playing away without fans so it’s very exciting for all of us to have the opportunity to play in front of friends, family and supporters.
“Having an audience certainly makes a difference – creating an atmosphere that hopefully brings out some of our players. Only the hum on the ground is something that I personally missed and I hope that we will all feel it again in the near future. “
“We know how difficult this upcoming series will be against a strong South African team but these are the opportunities and series that you would like to play in as a player. Hopefully we will see some great performances next month.” in green.”