Bangladesh summer fixtures announced against Ireland, Netherlands and Scotland
Fri, Feb 26, 2010 2:50 PM
This morning Cricket Ireland, Cricket Scotland and The Netherlands announced their One Day International fixtures against Bangladesh this summer. Ireland will host Bangladesh for two matches before the visitors travel to Glasgow to face Scotland and stay on in Glasgow for an ODI against The Netherlands at the neutral venue the following day.
The Ireland games will take place at Stormont, Belfast on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th July and then on to Titwood, Glasgow on Monday July 19 and Tuesday July 20, following Bangladesh's tour of England.
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom sees the games as an important benchmark for the side saying: "For the last three years or so, we have targeted matches against the lower-ranked full members as the most important means of measuring our progress and determining our readiness to step up to the elite level. We will be keen to maximise home advantage to good effect in the year that we are applying to move higher in the international firmament."
Richard Cox, The Netherlands CEO says it is an important stepping stone to for the side: 'This is an exciting opportunity to play an ICC Full Member in Scotland at the end of what will have been a long tour for the exciting Bangladesh squad. This game will be a big test for our side and they will be relishing the opportunity to play Bangladesh whose footsteps we hope to follow in years to come."
ICC Europe Regional Development Manager Richard Holdsworth welcomed the fixtures saying, 'Bangladesh agreeing to play Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands in one day internationals this summer is great news for Europe and these countries. Now that all three High Performance countries have a number of professional contracted players it is a hugely important they have regular competition with the full member countries.
'ICC High Performance Manager Richard Done has worked hard with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and the three High Performance countries to get these fixtures agreed and we are thankful to the Bangladesh cricket team for supporting the three European ODI countries on the back of their tour to England this summer. To have such full members playing in our countries is great for the promotion of the game, and gives spectators and supporters another opportunity to watch top level cricket in their countries.'
Ticket details will be announced in due course.
The fixtures in full are as follows:
Thursday July 15: Ireland v Bangladesh (Belfast)
Friday July 16: Ireland v Bangladesh (Belfast)
Monday July 19: Scotland v Bangladesh (Glasgow)
Tuesday July 20 - Netherlands v Bangladesh (Glasgow)