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Bangladesh likely to tour Europe in July

Tariq Engineer and Mohammad Isam

May 11, 2012

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Nasir Hossain is surrounded by team-mates after an impressive catch, Bangladesh v Pakistan, Asia Cup final, Mirpur, March 22, 2012
Cricket Ireland has managed to secure funding for Bangladesh's trip © AFP
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Bangladesh could be travelling to Ireland and Scotland at the end of July to play five ODIs after Cricket Ireland secured funding from the ICC's High Performance Program as well as ICC Europe.

The full itinerary was sent to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday. Out of the five games, three would be played against Ireland and then an ODI each against Scotland and Netherlands. The ten-day trip to Ireland would also include a single warm-up game ahead of the three matches, and then Bangladesh would go to Scotland for four days on July 30 or 31 to play the remaining two games of the tour.

Warren Deutrom, the CEO of Cricket Ireland, said that the funding from the two sources was crucial to being able to put the tour together, though they are making up the difference using their own funds. "That [funding] will support the three hosting countries," Deutrom said. "The rest will have to be made up obviously from our own resources. We are just waiting for the green light from the BCB board now."

The BCB has welcomed the decision and are looking for a final approval from their directors. "Yes, we have put forward such a request and as far as we are concerned, we have received positive feedback. We are awaiting an approval from our board," BCB cricket operations manager, Sabbir Khan, said.

Originally, Cricket Ireland had wanted to play a four-day game against Bangladesh as well but that was not possible because there was not enough funding for it. However, they were not going to turn down an offer to play cricket against a Test nation, whatever the format. "Our budgets were sorted prior to the BCB's announcement that they wanted to tour here," Deutrom said. "Of course, [the offer] is very welcome. It is precisely what the top associates are crying out for and so it was something we could not turn down."

Last month, Ireland submitted a proposal to play 12 to 15 ODIs a year to recognise their rising standards. Under the proposals, ICC would help to identify gaps in the existing Future Tours Programme where Ireland can be accommodated for ODIs.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (May 14, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

@Marshal_of_the_Truth. What about the recent WC and the rest of 23 matches!!!You cannot forgot them in your lifetime! funny to see you have only only 3 victories to celebrate!!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (May 14, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Now, I can imagine the situation after that series...like the WC match against WI. Hype based on 2 recent wins over higher rating teams and suddenly BD fans looking to beat everyone...but this series will be a reality check...it will be very hard for BD beat Ireland even in neutral venues and then what about the away matches...!

Posted by Marshal_of_the_Truth on (May 13, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Lord_Dravid can't forget his team's Humiliation by Bangladesh in World Cup 2007 and Recently Asia Cup, thats why he is trying to mitigate his pain by vilifying Bangladeshi Cricket. Let us leave this poor kid knocking his own head on the 'wall' in order to get rid of his long lasting affliction.

Posted by FazleAbed on (May 13, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

Bangladesh should realize the importance of winning rather playing with big cricketing nations like England, Australia, South Africa. Playing 2 test against South Africa wont make our players master in test cricket. I believe BCB should selct 4-5 middle order batsman play county cricket. 3-4 fast bowlers play either in australia or south africa. and on relular basis send shakib tamim rubel mashraffe (if he is fit), mushfiq in different countries. play with newziland, west indies zimbabwe, more. play with lower rank odi side and try to win atleast 80% of matches. play lower rank test side and atleast try to win 40-50% match. it will improve our batting, bowling average. for domestic cricket try to give under 19/17 players more platform. we already proud what BD cricket team achieve. Big sponsors should come and help this young guns. I believe playing for kolkata knight riders or pure worriors wont help us. anyways good luck.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (May 13, 2012, 0:37 GMT)

@virendra_s : you say 'will these matches be shown live in india' lol what do you think? bcci isnt even interested in hosting BD in the next 10 years coz they refuse to play foreign domestic teams and improve, instead they dream to play the big boys through which they'll learn nothing but just get beaten.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid...Why don't you just go away and worry about your own team instead of Bangladesh, you must really be sad feel sorry for you. Yes Bangladesh are a weak team still but they're are new to Cricket but times have changed now so get a life and move on. Cricket is a sport only played by a few teams so your wishes are unlikely to come true haha...People like you make Cricket boring and no wonder most of the other countries in the World don't even like or play Cricket :)

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

@Lord_Dravid...Why don't you just go away and worry about your own team instead of Bangladesh, you must really be sad feel sorry for you. Yes Bangladesh are a weak team still but they're are new to Cricket but times have changed now so get a life and move on. Cricket is a sport only played by a few teams so your wishes are unlikely to come true haha...People like you make Cricket boring and no wonder most of the other countries in the World don't even like or play Cricket :)

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (May 12, 2012, 15:59 GMT)

not suprised why no major test playing teams want to play bangladesh..my humble request to them is to go and play foreign domestic teams and improve..this is a very simple philosophy. plz stop wasting everyones time and money and add fatigue onto major test nations and their players by playing pointless matches with them..in that way major teams would want to play you and perhaps be you'll be included more in FTP.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

The BCB should decide to make matches themselves rather than just relying on the ICC because they're not going to do much and the FTP just shows how of a joke it really is. This is important because Bangladesh are on the rise and if they don't play as much Cricket compared to the other teams then all their momentum they have built since the BPL will just collapse. Bangladesh should focus and improve their Domestic Structure first so that their players can be kept busy and then they can worry about the Internationals. Bangladesh need to be clever now and arrange themselves more matches against the likes of Ireland, Netherlands, Scotland and even Afghanistan so they can test out their skills and keep up with the rest because the top teams disrespectfully are not willing to play or even invite them. For example, an ODI/T20 Triangular or Quadrangular Series between Bangladesh, Ireland, Netherlands and/or Afghanistan/Kenya held in Dhaka would be good to watch with a large crowd in Stadium.

Posted by virendra_s on (May 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

This is really good news....will these matches be shown live in India....

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