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Ireland's Gary Wilson (left) and John Mooney (right) appeal for the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane during the Pool B Cricket World Cup match between India and Ireland at Seddon Park in Hamilton on March 10, 2015. (Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI — The Indian cricket team will travel to Ireland for a brief two T20 Internationals series as part of their preparation for the grueling tour of England in July, the BCCI announced Jan. 10.

The Men-In-Blue will play the Irish side on June 27 and 28 in Dublin before travelling to England, where they will take on the hosts in a five-match Test rubber.

"The Indian Cricket Team will travel to Ireland to play two T20Is prior to their tour of England in July. The two T20Is will be held in Dublin on June 27 and June 29," the BCCI announced in a statement.

India last toured Ireland in 2007 when they played an One-day International at Belfast, which the visitors won by nine wickets (D/L method).

India has played Ireland just once in the T20I format when the two sides met in Nottingham during the 2009 ICC World T20.

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