Ireland in Bangladesh – a first Test on their first bilateral tour since 2008

Ireland will play their first Test match against Bangladesh during their tour of the country in March and April, a tour which also includes three ODIs and three T20Is. This is Ireland’s first bilateral tour of Bangladesh since 2008.

Ireland are due to arrive on March 12 and after a warm-up match, they will play three ODIs in Sylhet on March 18, 20 and 23. The teams will then travel to Chattogram for three T20 matches on March 27, 29 and 31. The series follows six white-ball matches against England at home, making March a very busy month for Bangladesh. The one-off Test against Ireland will be played in Dhaka from April 4-8.

Ireland has played only three test matchesthe last of which was in 2019, and Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom said he was keen on a return to the format.

“We are delighted to confirm the Ireland men’s seven-match multi-format tour of Bangladesh – and thank the BCB for their co-operation and support,” Deutrom said. “Since the two sides first met in 1997, there has been a great on-field rivalry and we look forward to what will be another competitive series.

“Of particular interest to players and fans alike will be the final fixture on the schedule – the match marking Ireland’s return to playing Test cricket. It will undoubtedly be a challenging experience in Asian conditions for our squad, but it will be invaluable to our players.” development knowing that we will be playing a lot of cricket in Asia in the years to come.”

BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the series was a reaffirmation of Bangladesh’s “commitment to the ICC FTP”.

“After the series against India and England, Ireland’s tour of Bangladesh is another exciting addition to our home season,” Chowdhury said. “BCB and Cricket Ireland enjoy a cordial and strong relationship and despite the challenges of a busy international calendar both boards have worked very closely to arrange this bilateral tour. It is also a statement of BCB’s commitment to the ICC FTP Is.”

Bangladesh is also scheduled to tour Ireland in May.

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