Bangladesh in Ireland 2012 June 2, 2012

Bangladesh to play T20 series in Ireland

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Ireland will host Bangladesh for three Twenty20 internationals in July, Cricket Ireland has confirmed. The teams had initially planned on playing an ODI series in Ireland but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) requested a Twenty20 series instead, in order to prepare for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later in the year. The nine-day tour of Ireland will also include a practice game.

"It's great news that we're taking on Bangladesh and the games will give us valuable preparation as we build towards the World Cup in Sri Lanka," Ireland coach Phil Simmons said. "We played an exciting brand of cricket in winning the recent qualifying tournament in Dubai and we're now eighth in the world rankings in this format of the game."

"We are delighted to be able to bring more top quality cricket to Ireland. Hosting matches against the Full-Member countries is exactly what we are striving for and this summer proves we are on the right track with matches against Australia, South Africa A, Afghanistan and now Bangladesh," Warren Deutrom, Cricket Ireland's CEO, said. "I would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the ICC High Performance Programme and to ICC Europe for their financial support in helping make these matches come to fruition.

"In addition, this is the first time ever we are playing T20I matches at home against a Test nation, and we fully intend to play the games at a time and a price to suit the post-work and weekend crowd."

The teams have faced each other just once in a T20I, at Trent Bridge in the 2009 ICC World Twenty20. All three matches this series will be held in Stormont, on July 18, 20 and 21. The warm-up game against an Ireland XI will be held on July 16.

Ireland, in April, 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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  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    thanks Andrew , its so true that u have said, 100% agreed abt ur comments,BD is doing very good jobs now in days as irish team is doing good

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    This is a good series for both teams considering the fact they'll be playing at the World T20 Championship. They should have also included a 3 ODI Series so both teams prepared and getting plenty of Cricket. Its good to see Bangladesh is keeping their promise and arranging games with Associates and this is what Cricket needs in order to compete with other team Sports. A team like India who have all that revenue and power should be ashamed of themselves for not developing and spreading the game with the Associates as I feel they would've done a better job in improving the game of the Associates but its doesn't really matter anyway because other full member teams like Pakistan, England and South Africa are helping countries within their regions which is good to see and important for the game in general. Bangladesh will certainly progress this time around in the group stages of this years tournament considering they're playing New Zealand who are poor on Asian pitches and are weak now.

  • Fazle on June 5, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Bangladesh should play more with the associate countries. It is essential. I am a Bangladeshi but i believe there should be two leagues in cricket in all the format. A league 1.England 2. Australia 3. South Africa 4. India 5. Srilanka 6. Pakistan. B league 1. West Indies 2. New Zealand 3. Bangladesh 4. Zimbabwe 5. Ireland 6. Holland 7. Namibia 8. Afghanistan. They will play among them and for every two years top 2 teams of league B should be automatically promoted and bottom 2 side of league A should be drop to league B. or they can play playoffs to qualify. It can be 7 teams in each league. It will improve the avg of players like Shakib, and test the avg of RDT (67 in ODI). For Bangladesh if they qualify for top 6/7 then they will earn the rights to play in England and India away series. I believe it will better our cricket but knowing the fact that it will never happen, as there is big possibilities of loosing India in league A. I am sorry if i hurt anyone.

  • Cricket Fan on June 5, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    I am an Ireland fan from India. I want to see the matches in LIVE

  • mujib on June 4, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    i just want to see some T20 matches ireland vs india. Ireland wil win 3-0 if i am not wrong.

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    hhahaha talking about test status what happned to world champions India Losing straight 8 -0 text matches in a row to england and Australia games , Thi sis a different Bd now so watch out

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    good job Bangla !! happy to c another full member helping associates out just like us lankans :D and best of luck to the irish :)

    A Lankan fan

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    dont forget scores like 58 78 and 90 in Dhaka in 2011..ASia Cup was a success but u must carry on and i think better to prove it in the field but considering WORLD Cricket standard and players worrying too much abt 20-20 and money , World cricket standard is going down and teams like BD will do much better...No Akram,Inzi,Lara,Gilchrist,Warne,Murali,Tendulkar era present and not seeing happening in near future may be so...

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    I find it hard to believe that Ireland has not been given a test status yet.......

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @AndrewFromOz....Yeah they're actually 'some' Indians who are jealous and for some 'sad' reason dislike Bangladesh and really can't take it because they know Bangladesh though still a weak team are certainly on the rise and have so match talent and potential. So yeah its just jealousy they just can't take the fact that out of the 10 full members on the circuit, Bangladesh as a whole are by far the youngest and most talented. Even with their billion plus population, finance and their obsession with Cricket, India still can't dominate the Cricketing World :)

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