Bangladesh news May 24, 2012

Bangladesh want T20s instead of ODIs in Ireland

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh have requested Ireland to host them for a Twenty20 series in July, instead of an ODI series as was planned earlier. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has made its proposal to Cricket Ireland in order to help its national team prepare for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September.

Ireland had planned to host Bangladesh in July for three ODIs. Bangladesh were then to go to Scotland to play two more ODIs against Scotland and Netherlands. Cricket Ireland also wanted to include a four-day game against Bangladesh, but could not find the funding for the same.

"The Board has requested Cricket Ireland to rearrange the fixture for Bangladesh's Tour of UK in July. The BCB has proposed playing five T20 internationals instead of five ODIs keeping in mind preparation for the ICC World T20 event in Sri Lanka in September," a BCB board release stated.

Ireland, last month, had submitted a proposal to the ICC, seeking to play 12 to 15 ODIs a year to recognise their rising standards.

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  • Showkatuddin on May 27, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    When people are going to compare Bangladesh with non-test playing countries like Ireland, its shame upon them. Rather, they should think how could India improve themselves comparing to SA, AUS and England. Truth is, India can't play cricket in tough condition such as in SA or England. Instead of pocking others, they should oil their own machine.

  • the_unforgettable on May 26, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Why not India give up their test status for Ireland?? Their supporters seem to have a soft corner for Ireland and Ireland can perform 1000 times better than India in the overseas, guaranteed!

  • bdsmaruf on May 26, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    it is a very bad idea to play t20 in stead of odi. it shouldn't be.

  • Fazle_Rabbee on May 26, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    This is really a one man show. The BCB President. Why this man is leading BCB?? Please change this man and Bring a person who was Ex Cricketer like Athar Ali Khan or Rakibul Hasan. Players of Bangladsh should take initiatives to play more Tests and ODIs. Stop playing T20s at an alarming rate. It is now the time to show those Bangladesh haters that we are the new strength of World Cricket.

  • Htc-Android on May 25, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    bangladesh should play odis instead of t20 if they want to win matches. because ireland has big hitters, very good fast bowlers, and brilliant fielders.they are certainly a better t20 team than bangladesh. bangladhesh pathetic fast bowlers and pathetic fielders. all the batsmans are slow scorers except shakib and tamim.

  • Extraz on May 25, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Agreed with Lord_Dravid..he's saying the right thing BD have played 73 tests and have lost 63 of them,35 were by an inning,only won 3 tests which were also against low ranked sides.BD should give up their test status to Ireland which is looking more promising it'll be good for both of them!

  • the_unforgettable on May 25, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Well, its not about giving more importance to t20s than ODIs and tests, its just about the preparation for the t20WC, even NZ requested BCB to strip off the tests and to play 5 ODIS instead in their tour in Bangladesh in 2010 for the preparation of WC 2011.

  • Bruisers on May 25, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @asiacricket1234 - He has said the right thing. BD does not deserve Test status. Their board doesn't even care to organize a series outside the sub-continent. If at all it does, it will be in Zimbabwe or Ireland. Look at the Irish Board.. It is fighting hard to make sure its team gets to play more and more matches in different continents. Moreover Ireland has better batsmen and bowlers than BD (technique-wise).

  • justanotherfan13 on May 25, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    @ Lord_dravid: Bangladesh will keep playing tests like the way India will play tests in overseas after their 8 consecutive loss.

  • asiacricket1234 on May 25, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @Al Dave:The countries with bigger fan base always earn more because of sponsor money. SLC often struggle to pay their players while in Bangladesh the player get a pay rise and bonus every year. Now if u consider performance SL is wayy ahead of them but when it comes to earning BCB is ahead of atleast 4other cricket board. In last 4year BCB made a profit from every single cricket series they organised. We dont need to depend on ICC for money and there is no way ICC could ignore a country that has a fan base of 160million :)

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