Bangladesh news May 11, 2012

Bangladesh likely to tour Europe in July

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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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  • 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!!!

  • 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...!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • virendra_s on May 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT

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

  • 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!!!

  • 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...!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • virendra_s on May 12, 2012, 13:35 GMT

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

  • RokanBD on May 12, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    WoW !!! It's just amazing to hear such a great news of BD team. Well, it was much talked issue that after such a fantastic series at home (You guys are right, I mean Asia Cup) BD team to stay off the for a long time which definitely would have demoralized them & sucked all of their vitality. Their mind blowing performance in the last series still just fresh in the eyes. ICC should be more responsible & cordial if they truly want to see some more low ranked teams as highly tough & competitive side. Eventually it will ensure the expansion & globalization of cricket with more fanfare, excitement, freshness & charm to the game. Ireland, BD, Scotland, Netherlands & Zimbabwe should be the area where ICC should come up with more care.

  • TheReverseDoosra_K on May 12, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Bigger challenges awaiting Ireland!! Agree with some of the other posters some T20 matches should also have been fit in.

  • tauhid_aks on May 12, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Bangladeshis shud not underestimate Ireland, as they are a dangerous side and conditions suit them.

  • on May 12, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    I remember e-mailing Cricket Ireland on their Facebook page and Website page about how they always asking for more matches and then almost month ago I read about Bangladesh problem on no cricket at all. I am so excited to read about Cricket Ireland is now in talks with BCB for cricket matches. I know its not me that is behind this thing but I can proudly sat that I can be considered a party in this whole scenario as I think Cricket Ireland must have read my e-mail on their two sources.

  • on May 12, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Ireland All The Way!!! I Wish Ireland All The Best and wish to see Ireland beat BD,ZIM,WI

  • on May 11, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Bangladesh playing against the minnows, sounds like practise matches for them. But good to fill in the calender as they don't play much cricket.

  • Praxis on May 11, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover, it took a while to make sense of what you've actually tried to type, but in some way you are definitely right. BD have a few months of no cricket & the board tried to play some matches. Ireland have improved a lot in recent years & they will be very tough to beat in their home condition. But what you are wrong about is what the majority us Bangladeshi fans think. We expect a lot but are also aware of the current level of our cricket. There is no shame in expecting competitive cricket from Ireland when they certainly have tested the ability of much better teams recently.

  • on May 11, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    5 odis against irish would have been perfect , now anyways bangladesh should arrange t20 tri series between bangladesh ireland and zimbabwe , but oviously bangladesh would have been champion lol

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 11, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    great great! finally some good news for BD. With Richard Pybus as coach, awesome days ahead

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 11, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Gd bd,instead of day dreaming concntrate on equal or tuffr teams like ire,U WOULD B GREATLY TEST THERE

  • Praxis on May 11, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    That's great news, if the major test playing nations don't want to play with us, then we'll manage ourselves. ICC gave us a joke of a FTP. Now other fans won't be making negative comments about BD cricket & rant about wasting ICC's money. We even made it compulsory in BPL for every teams to have players from associate nations. Also good news for Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands cricket. Maybe Someday they'll get 4 day games too.

  • on May 11, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Finally BD will play something before WCT20 rather than nothing!!

  • mihir_nam on May 11, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Good initiative by Bangladesh, Should help new nations . BCB should play 5 ODI with Ireland 1 ODi with Scotland and 1 With Netherlands. and should try to arrange t20 quadrangular with Ban,Ire,Soc,Neth.

  • DecisionPending_BD on May 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    that's good BCB should also arrange more 4 day matches also.

  • on May 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Excellent move and not only this is good for Bangladesh but also for Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands because these teams don't play as much International Cricket when really they should and this will allow them to gain experience and learn new things. However, I'm still disappointed why the series between Ireland and Bangladesh is only 3 matches because these two teams will be playing in the World T20 Championships this year and need as many games as possible. 3 ODIs and 3 T20s between Bangladesh and Ireland would've been preferable but in the end, its the costs that determines the fixtures and dates. It's a real shame that the ICC doesn't spread one of the best Sports in the World to other countries or even help them, just look at Football and Rugby, even though in these Sports, they still help and spread the game to the weaker nations and its benefiting them even though its a slow process at least they're giving the weaker nations a chance but in Cricket, you don't see that.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Good initiative 4m BCB. They r not at least following the path of their neighboring Big Brothers to deny an associate. Anyway, Irish team should b assured to play ODIs against BD, WI, ZIM every year on a home-away basis. ICC should reconsider their FTP to ensure ODIs for leading associates vs weak full members.

  • getsetgopk on May 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Now that is a contest worth watching, I'll be surprised if BD came out of the Ireland games as victorious. Irish conditions are very tough for batsmen who are used to playing on flattest of tracks in the world. Last time when Pak played two ODI's in Dublin, the Irish gave them a run for their money, will be interesting to see how BD deals with it. Good luck to both.

  • on May 11, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Excellent news. Playing in different conditions will help Bangladeshi players gain experience, especially for the batsman. Furthermore, Bangladeshi players should pursue playing in English county matches and also the Australian domestic league. Zaheer Khan was struggling with his bowling form and he stated that playing in English condition helped him grow as a bowler and also learn new tricks.

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  • on May 11, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Excellent news. Playing in different conditions will help Bangladeshi players gain experience, especially for the batsman. Furthermore, Bangladeshi players should pursue playing in English county matches and also the Australian domestic league. Zaheer Khan was struggling with his bowling form and he stated that playing in English condition helped him grow as a bowler and also learn new tricks.

  • getsetgopk on May 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Now that is a contest worth watching, I'll be surprised if BD came out of the Ireland games as victorious. Irish conditions are very tough for batsmen who are used to playing on flattest of tracks in the world. Last time when Pak played two ODI's in Dublin, the Irish gave them a run for their money, will be interesting to see how BD deals with it. Good luck to both.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Good initiative 4m BCB. They r not at least following the path of their neighboring Big Brothers to deny an associate. Anyway, Irish team should b assured to play ODIs against BD, WI, ZIM every year on a home-away basis. ICC should reconsider their FTP to ensure ODIs for leading associates vs weak full members.

  • on May 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Excellent move and not only this is good for Bangladesh but also for Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands because these teams don't play as much International Cricket when really they should and this will allow them to gain experience and learn new things. However, I'm still disappointed why the series between Ireland and Bangladesh is only 3 matches because these two teams will be playing in the World T20 Championships this year and need as many games as possible. 3 ODIs and 3 T20s between Bangladesh and Ireland would've been preferable but in the end, its the costs that determines the fixtures and dates. It's a real shame that the ICC doesn't spread one of the best Sports in the World to other countries or even help them, just look at Football and Rugby, even though in these Sports, they still help and spread the game to the weaker nations and its benefiting them even though its a slow process at least they're giving the weaker nations a chance but in Cricket, you don't see that.

  • DecisionPending_BD on May 11, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    that's good BCB should also arrange more 4 day matches also.

  • mihir_nam on May 11, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Good initiative by Bangladesh, Should help new nations . BCB should play 5 ODI with Ireland 1 ODi with Scotland and 1 With Netherlands. and should try to arrange t20 quadrangular with Ban,Ire,Soc,Neth.

  • on May 11, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Finally BD will play something before WCT20 rather than nothing!!

  • Praxis on May 11, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    That's great news, if the major test playing nations don't want to play with us, then we'll manage ourselves. ICC gave us a joke of a FTP. Now other fans won't be making negative comments about BD cricket & rant about wasting ICC's money. We even made it compulsory in BPL for every teams to have players from associate nations. Also good news for Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands cricket. Maybe Someday they'll get 4 day games too.

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 11, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Gd bd,instead of day dreaming concntrate on equal or tuffr teams like ire,U WOULD B GREATLY TEST THERE

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 11, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    great great! finally some good news for BD. With Richard Pybus as coach, awesome days ahead