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Tigers reach England to face Irish challenge

Published : 02 May 2023 08:49 PM

Tigers, after winning the both ODI and T-20 series and one off Test match at home ground against Irish, have already reached England to play a three-match ODI series against Ireland. 

Tigers just outplayed the Ireland to win the three-match ODI series at home condition but might be it would be a bit challenging for them to keep up their might at the away ground in chilly English condition. 

However, the Tigers had better experiences of winning three-match ODI series at away ground tournament in Ireland against them but it was some four years back. 

Ireland, now a more mature and experienced sides than they had been in previous time, no doubt they will leave no stone unturned to win the series, as this time it’s not only a bilateral series but it is also important for Ireland, as they are in must win situation to qualify in the upcoming World Cup. 

In fact, Ireland desperately needs to whitewash Bangladesh in the series to qualify directly in the ODI World Cup to be held in India this year, though seemingly it will be a tough job for them. Ultimately the series turned as a challenging encounter for both sides, as the visiting Bangladesh will try to maintain their supremacy, they showed at home soil and for the hosts Ireland it will be a do or die encounter to make their room in the World Cup with winning the series. 

Bangladesh all-rounder Mehdi Hassan Miraz also expressed his optimistic before to leave for England to keep up the momentum of winning home series against Ireland, where the series will take place. The series will be held in England's Chelmsford, the ground of Essex Cricket Club.   

Miraz, said, “We've been in good rhythm after winning some ODI series. We are going to England after a quite long time, so what is important is to cope with the condition as early as it is possible.” 

Miraz, who thinks that Sylhet wickets, where they had some practice sessions before to go Ireland experienced them some impression about England wickets, said, “The Sylhet wickets, where we had preparations upcoming mission was excellent, as that gave us some familiarity about English wickets, all of us are in very good shape. We are leaving for Ireland with time in hand, so we will have few times to take our preparation over.” 

Meanwhile, Bangladesh team left the country in two groups when one-half of the contingent boarded the first flight for London at early hour at (1.40 am) on Monday and the second half of the contingent left at the morning on same day.

Two vital performers of the team – Shakib Al Hassan and Litton Das are expected to join the team straight in London. 

Litton, who had to return early from IPL due to family affairs, scheduled to join the team yesterday (Tuesday) when Mustafizur Rahman also was expected to leave the Delhi Capitals camp on the same day to get together with the Tigers team in England.

The premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is currently in USA with his family, is also expected to join the side ahead of their practice game, scheduled for May 5.

The three-match series is scheduled to get underway with the first ODI to be held on May 9, while the second and third matches are scheduled for May 12 and 14, respectively.