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Ireland to host Bangladesh T20 series

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 7, 2012

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Kevin O'Brien hits out during a rapid cameo against England, only ODI, Clontarf, August 25, 2011
Kevin O'Brien is hoping for a good atmosphere for the Bangladesh series © Getty Images
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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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Posted by masud69 on (July 10, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

mark my words, Bangladesh will win 3-0!

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (July 9, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

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

Posted by The_Legend-Killer on (July 9, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

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

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u 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

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by The_Legend-Killer on (July 8, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

Ireland will trash bangladesh easily

Posted by   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...

Posted by _NEUTRAL_Fan_ 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.

Posted by subbass on (July 8, 2012, 2:56 GMT)

I fancy Ireland to win this series 3-0.

Posted by Htc-Android on (July 8, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

ireland is more competive in t20 cricket and bangladesh spin attack wont be effective in this seaming conditions.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2012, 23:48 GMT)

Many,many congratulations to Bangladesh for coming and supporting the Irish,who deserve Test status in the very near future.As a Bangladeshi cricket fan we have utmost respect for the Ireland and the Afghanistan cricketing progress.We hope our cricketing nation will do our level best in helping your progress in the promotion of your Test status.In the forthcoming T20 matches,I don't think Bangladesh will take the Irish very lightly,because we know what they are capable of.The Irish are a wonderful people,because during the World Cup in Bangladesh the Irish players came out of their comfort zones and visited the poor,orphans and the homeless children.Best of luck to both teams.Please note,not all Bangladeshi cricket fans behave like the Indian fans.

Posted by jack999 on (July 7, 2012, 22:48 GMT)

@ Colm Mooney mate i knw bd will be playing ireland conditions but still bangladesh cricket willl whitewash ireland if dont think so then wait and see mate i thing people talk too much about irelnd team and they are overrated but in real life there gust an ordinary team~~

Posted by   on (July 7, 2012, 22:43 GMT)

So first off ... many many thanks to Bangladesh for coming. The ICC talk a lot about supporting developing nations - but Bang are the only test team that actually did it - Ireland will have bigger crowds, better players and a better future because you are coming for a full tour - let nobody underestimate how critical that is to Irish cricket. Thanks again. This Ire v Bang conversation is being used by other teams supporters to put down Bangladesh - please note none of this is coming from the Irish side, yes we want to beat everyone we face but only because aspire to be where you are. I cheer you on every game, because performance wise we are getting closer to you, no not yet there, so I WANT you to succeed to show how close we might be to the other teams. I wish you well in every tour except this one ;-)

Posted by   on (July 7, 2012, 22:21 GMT)

@Colm Mooney...If you read my comment carefully mate I said Ireland scored 163 runs from 47 OVERS not 147 runs and I said Ireland won't win this easily NOT Bangladesh will win it easily so please can you read the comments next time carefully. Ireland of course will give Bangladesh a tough match but I still think in my opinion Bangladesh will win this series at least 2-1. As long as Bangladesh can get the young talented Stirling out early on then I can't really see Ireland winning but lets see anyway but best wishes to both teams and hope the weather holds for once.

Posted by frozendilemma on (July 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT)

This would be a great contest...Cant wait to see Stirling in action...It was a travesty to see the game against Australia wash out...I`d hope we`ll get to see all 3 games here, fingers crossed...

Posted by   on (July 7, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain @Rakibul_Islam

Win it easily?, your playing in foreign conditions and also against a very good side. We have pitches that you don't find at home with good bowlers to exploit this. We also have a quality left arm spinner of our own in George Dockrell who had your experience spin playing batsman getting out.

We scored 163 not 147, granted it was a low score, we are far better then that score suggests. If Bangladesh were to take us lightly then it could very well back fire on them.

If they're as confident as their fans are, then it might be a big wake up call to them...

Posted by   on (July 7, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

2-1 to BD where BD will lose the first match!!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (July 7, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Undoubtedly Irish r most competitive among associates. But still BD is the favorite & they should win it easily. The Left arm spin trio will create the main differences between 2 sides.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (July 7, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

It will be emberrassing for BD if they lsoe any game in this series but looking at the quality of BD T20 performance i'd say Ireland has a good chance of winning the series. Oh Well We'll see what happen :)

Posted by Extraz on (July 7, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

@Ahmed Hussain...T20 cricket is a different ball game u can't predict results in this form of cricket remember SAF losing to zimbabwe who thought that...BD no doubt are the favtz but u never know in t20 even ireland can whitewash BD but best of luck to BD for the series.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2012, 16:17 GMT)

Bangladesh should win this at least 2-1 if not 3-0. Although Ireland are a great side, I don't think they can play against the spin trio of Shakib, Razzaq & Sunny.

Posted by   on (July 7, 2012, 16:15 GMT) I don't think the Irish will win this series easily maybe one game I mean scoring 163 runs against Afghanistan the other day in 47 overs proves otherwise :)

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (July 7, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

I think the Celtic Tigers will win the series easily.

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