Ireland news July 7, 2012

Ireland to host Bangladesh T20 series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ireland will host a Test nation for the first time in an international Twenty20 when Bangladesh arrive for a three-match series. The matches on July 18 and 20, starting at 5pm, and 21, at 4pm, will all be played at Stormont in Belfast.

Ireland are stepping up their preparations for the World T20 in Sri Lanka in September and their coach Phil Simmons is keen to play more T20, believing his squad can find success in the shortest format.

"We have a number of players ideally suited to the short form of the game," Simmons said. "There are still a few slots up for grabs and it's an ideal opportunity for the players to make a case for themselves to be included in the World T20 squad."

Kevin O'Brien struck the winning runs in Ireland's victory over Bangladesh at the 2009 World T20 in England and is hoping for more success in this series. "We're currently ninth in the world rankings and a series win would help us in our quest to get extra points to get up the ICC Rankings," O'Brien said. "We've just beaten Afghanistan and we'll be looking to keep that winning momentum going. I'm sure the Irish public will flock to what is always a great evening out."

Cricket Ireland have promised to lay on an extravaganza of entertainment and ticket holders for the abandoned ODI against Australia can gain free entry to one match of the series.

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  • Masudur on July 10, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    mark my words, Bangladesh will win 3-0!

  • Aaquib on July 9, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    @The_Legend-Killer - Ireland Have Better Bowling Attack than INDIA

  • Prateek on July 9, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    Ireland have better pace attack than Bangladesh......

  • Aaquib on July 9, 2012, 0:03 GMT

    If Bangladeshi Batsman and Fast Bowlers Play to Their Potential then I think BD can win it by 3-0

  • Muhammad Rakibul on July 8, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @Colm Mooney: U've done a mistake mate. I always think Irish r best among all time associates. But recent per4mances of BD showed that they would've to win it easily. Otherwise it'll b a big SHAME for BD even if they will win it by 2-1. Dockrell is a talent & can b a great cricketer if Ire get test status or he join English side like Morgan. But he lacks experience. On the other hand Shakib & Razzak r very experienced. When per4mance of BD turns too poor even then their per4mance remains good. But they r not getting support 4m batsmen most often.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @jack999 @Ihsas Mahir

    Ireland are on ordinary side?, perhaps we are ordinary if we managed one big scalp.

    However we've beaten, Zimbabwe many times, Pakistan, Bangladesh numerous times, England, West Indies.

    Once can be called an accident or a fluke, but to repeat this time and time again is skill...

  • Prateek on July 8, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Ireland will trash bangladesh easily

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Ireland will never be a major team as all there good players will be taken by England.As far as the BD-IRE series is concerned,there is no doubt that Bangladesh is the big side...

  • Dre on July 8, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Sigh...already we see 1 or 2 bang fans talking big and calling Ire "overrated". I would think their fans would also be cheering Ire on and hoping they get test status also, considering Bang had a poorer record just before they became a test side. Bang fans were talking big before the t-20 series vs Zim and both the Zim XI and the full Zim squad outplayed them. This should be a lesson, the weak teams like Zim and Ire and even Afghan are showing progress and if Bang does not do something to improve at a faster rate (yes Bang are improving, just not in a hurry) I can see them being surpassed by Zim and Ire in another 4-7 yrs once the ICC gives them full funding and support.

  • Mike on July 8, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    I fancy Ireland to win this series 3-0.

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