Ireland to face Bangladesh in England
Ireland are set to play four Twenty20 international matches against Bangladesh in May. The series will take place in England.
The series will start on May 22 and followed by three other matches on May 24, 27 and 29 respectively. The venues of the matches are yet to be confirmed.
Furthermore, there will be a series of three limited over matches between the two teams before the start of the shortest format series. The ODI series will start on May 14 and the other two matches will be held on 16th and 19th of that month.
It is reported that Ireland has fallen short of venues for staging all these matches; Clontorf is not available because of undergoing construction works. And as Ireland will be hosting three T20Is and three ODIs against New Zealand and two T20Is with Pakistan, Cricket Ireland cannot accommodate enough number of pitches in their country.
Cricket Ireland performance director Richard Holdsworth visited England earlier this month to convince several county clubs to host the matches. Irish media reported that two of the venues in England will be used for the series, the names of which will be announced shortly.
Although the fixtures of the series is yet to be officially announced, Cricket Ireland have included the schedule in their advertisement for a broadcast company to televise this year’s home internationals, which have been put out to tender.
It is the first time Ireland is going to stage a bilateral series in a neutral country.