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by Cricket Ireland Friday 19 January 2018
Ireland Wolves will play Bangladesh A in an eight match series in August, when they will play five 50-over games, followed by three T20 contests.
Ireland Head Coach Graham Ford emphasised the importance of series such as these for the players just below the senior ranks.
“It’s vital that the Wolves have as busy a schedule as possible against meaningful opposition and this type of contest ticks all the boxes,” said Ford.
“The players gained so much valuable experience when they toured Bangladesh last October, and these eight games will be a great resource as we look to add depth to the senior squad,” added Ford.
“It will be an opportunity for me to get a look at the younger guys playing against serious opposition, especially in T20 cricket, which is an area we’ve identified in need of major improvement.”
Cricket Ireland Performance Director Richard Holdsworth welcomed the series saying: “As we continue to improve our fixture list to ensure our succession planning for the future senior team, we are very grateful to the BCB for agreeing to tour Ireland with their A-team in August.
“These games will allow our centrally contracted players not playing regularly in the senior team as well as senior Academy and Inter-Provincial players to gain vital experience against high quality opposition.
“The T20 matches will also create an opportunity to build a new-look T20 team ahead of the World T20 Qualifier in 2019.”
The 50-over games will take place on August 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th. The T20 matches are scheduled for August 13th, 15th and 17th. The venues are still tbc and will be announced in due course.