Bangladesh series vital for Ireland development: Simmons

Wed, Jul 14, 2010 1:39 PM

Bangladesh series vital for Ireland development: Simmons
Ireland coach Phil Simmons agrees that the series against Bangladesh would be vital for Ireland's development in the game and hopes to climb the rankings ladder with a successful series at home.

Ireland has named its 12-man squad for the two-match ODI series against Bangladesh at Belfast beginning on Thursday. William Porterfield has been appointed skipper, while George Dockrell and Andrew Poynter also find a place in the squad after replacing Gary Kidd and Peter Connell.

Speaking to CricInfo, Simmons said: "It is more or less as strong a squad as we could wish to have. We are still missing Andre Botha with a back injury, and of course Regan West who has been out all summer. The players know just how vital these games are from a number of viewpoints."

"There are crucial ranking points at stake as we attempt to climb the ODI table, and it's a good benchmark for us to play the teams close to us. We are looking for a regular diet of international cricket, and good performances in this series can only help us achieve that," he added.

Simmons is optimistic of Ireland success after having beaten Bangladesh earlier. He said: "We have performed well against Bangladesh in the last two ICC events, beating them in ICC CWC 2007 in Barbados, and again last year at Trent Bridge in the ICC World Twenty20. On our own patch and conditions, there's no reason why we can't do it again."

Bangladesh comes into the series after losing the ODI series against England 2-1 and will look forward to complete the tour with a series win.

Ireland squad: William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Niall O'Brien, Andrew Poynter, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson.

Bangladesh squad: Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Junaid Siddique, Raqibul Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Faisal Hossain, Jahurul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Shafiul Islam, Nazmul Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Syed Rasel.

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