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Ireland to Play First Test Match in 4 Years against Bangladesh

Irish players standing for the national anthem before their test match against Pakistan

Ireland is set to tour Bangladesh to play 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is, and a one-off Test match in March-April 2023. It’s going to be a very busy season for Bangladesh, as they will be hosting both England and Ireland.

Ireland last played a Test match in July 2019 against England. They had the game in hand, but a collapse in the final innings resulted in them being bowled out for 38 and losing by 143 runs. 

The Irish team has been part of three test matches as of now against Pakistan, Afghanistan, and England. 

Their inaugural Test was against Pakistan in 2018. Again, they were close to a victory but lost by five wickets in the end. Afterward, they couldn’t cross the finish line in their second Test match against Afghanistan. The red-ball game against England was their third.

Undoubtedly, Ireland will be eyeing their first Test match win against Bangladesh, and on Asian soil.

The Chief Executive of Cricket Ireland, Mr. Warren Deutrom, said: 

“We are delighted to confirm Ireland Men’s seven-match, multi-format tour of Bangladesh and thank the BCB for their cooperation and support in agreeing on this month-long tour.”

On the other hand, the CEO of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Mr. Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, stated:

“Ireland’s visit to Bangladesh is another exciting event in our home season after the series against India and England. The BCB and Cricket Ireland have a cordial and strong relationship, and the two boards have worked very closely to arrange this bilateral tour despite the challenges of a busy international calendar. This is also a statement of the BCB’s commitment to the ICC Future Tours Programme.”

Ireland Tour of Bangladesh

Ireland will begin their tour by playing a warm-up game on March 15. Afterward, they’ll move on to the ODI series, then to the T20 Internationals, and finally to the solitary test match.

Here’s the complete schedule for the series.

One-Day Internationals:

  • 1st ODI: Ireland vs Bangladesh – 18th March (SICS, Sylhet)
  • 2nd ODI: Ireland vs Bangladesh – 20th March (SICS, Sylhet)
  • 3rd ODI: Ireland vs Bangladesh – 23rd March (SICS, Sylhet)

T20 Internationals:

  • 1st T20I: Ireland vs Bangladesh – 27th March (ZACS, Chattogram)
  • 2nd T20I: Ireland vs Bangladesh – 29th March (ZACS, Chattogram)
  • 3rd T20I: Ireland vs Bangladesh – 31st March (ZACS, Chattogram)

Test Match:

  • Only Test Match: Ireland vs Bangladesh – 4-8th April (SBNCS, Dhaka)

Bangladesh will return the favor by touring Ireland in May.

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Ireland vs Bangladesh: Head-to-Head Record

Both teams first played against each other back in 1997. Since then, there have been 13 ODIs and 6 T20Is between the two cricketing nations.

Here’s how the H2H record stands at the moment.

One-Day Internationals:

  • Played – 14
  • Bangladesh – 9 wins
  • Ireland – 3 wins
  • No Result – 2

T20 Internationals:

  • Played – 6
  • Bangladesh – 3 wins
  • Ireland – 2 wins
  • No Result – 1

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