Ireland to play Bangladesh in World T20 warm-ups

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Published: Saturday, June 9, 2012, 14:10 [IST]
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Ireland-B'desh to play World T20 warm-up

London, Jun 9: Ireland is all set to begin its preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 which is scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka with a three-game series against Bangladesh in Belfast next month.

"It's great news that we're taking on Bangladesh and the games will give us valuable preparation as we build towards the World Cup in Sri Lanka," Ireland coach Phil Simmons said in a Cricket Ireland statement.

After winning the qualifiers, Ireland are confident of putting up a good show in the three-game series against Bangladesh.

"We played an exciting brand of cricket in winning the recent qualifying tournament in Dubai and we're now eighth in the world rankings in this format of the game," the former West Indies batsman added.

The former West Indies cricketer heaped praise on Paul Stirling and was confident of the youngster's good show on home soil.

"In Paul Stirling we have one of the most exciting players in international cricket at present and I'm sure the Belfast public will relish the opportunity to watch him on home soil."

The games are a part of the nine-day Bangladesh tour will be staged at Stormont on July 18, 20 and 21.

Excited about the three-match series against Ireland, Bangladesh's all-rounder Shakib al Hasan said, "We are always looking for tough challenges as professional cricketers and I am sure the tour of Ireland would test our skills and resolve. This will be wonderful preparation for both teams heading into the ICC World T20.

Regarding Ireland as a competitive side, Shakib said his team is confident of facing the opposition.

"Ireland are a very competitive side and in their conditions they will be formidable. However, we have a team that is brimming with confidence.

"We have proven match winners and some fresh faces who are tailor-made for the demands of T20 cricket. This promises to be an exciting contest."

Interestingly, Ireland have faced Bangladesh only once in the shortest version of the game, when they won by 6 wickets during the 2009 World Twenty20.

Ireland are drawn against Australia and West Indies in this year's ICC World Twenty20 to be played in Sri Lanka in September.


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