Tigers are ready to kick off their three-match T20 series against Ireland today at the Jahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chattogram.
Following their triumph of whitewashing the England in the T20 series early this month, Tigers clinched the ODI series against Ireland in Sylhet last week.
Now they are to begin their mission to continue the winning run in the T20 series by winning the first match today.
Chandika Hathurusingha , the head coach of Bangladesh, ahead of the first T20, highlighted that players should concentrate on national duty over any other commitment amidst much-talk-
about Shakib Al Hassan and Litton Kumar Das’ participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL).
Hathuru, the former Sri Lankan national team player, also tipped off that Shakib and Litton Das may not be granted NOC to play the IPL if Bangladesh have international matches. However, they may be allowed to play IPL after the Ireland T20 series.
Bangladesh, who sealed the three-match ODI series by 2-0 with the 2nd game washed out at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, expected to keep up the momentum when Mark Adair, pacer of Ireland, believes they can bounce back at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram from the first T20 match.
Adair said, “Ireland took too long to adapt to the rhythms of ODI cricket in Bangladesh but insisted that the T20s would be a different ball game.”
"Maybe we took too long to adapt to conditions. We should have done that sooner. Few of the guys got stuck in the crease a little bit. The ODIs are finished. We are looking forward to the T20s," Adair added. "Obviously the guys were disappointed but this is a fresh start, a new format. We are looking to bounce back and be as positive as we can. We know how good Bangladesh are. We have taken it as an opportunity to move on to a new format.”