Bangladesh Agree To Ireland T20 Tour

Bangladesh Agree To Ireland T20 Tour
Bangladesh Agree To Ireland T20 Tour
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Bangladesh have agreed to tour Ireland for the first time in their history later this month, when they travel to Belfast for three Twenty20 Internationals.

It will be the first time that Ireland have hosted a Test nation and both countries will use the series to prepare for September's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. The matches have been scheduled for the 18th, 20th and 21st June and will all begin late in the afternoon.

Ireland recently beat Afghanistan in a low-scoring match at Clontarf and will fancy their chances in what will be a close series. Head caoch Phil Simmons said, "We have a number of players ideally suited to the short form of the game. 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, who has represented Somerset in this season's Friends Life t20, and was the hero of their 2011 World Cup triumph against England in India, added, "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. 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."

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