Ireland is all set to host Bangladesh in a four-match T20 series in England. Due to a lack of modern infrastructure and pitches, Ireland will now face Bangladesh in England. The fixtures are set to be played at Oval, Chelmsford, Bristol, and Edgbaston respectively.
This is the first time that Ireland is hosting a series away from home and it would also be the first time that England will host a foreign series since the Pakistan-Australia series in 2010. 2020 is Ireland’s biggest home season as they are set to host three major countries that will see the commencement of a total of 15 matches. It has been their most complex match schedule that they will work through. The major set- back for Ireland came with the knowledge that there will be a lack of four international grounds for about two seasons due to repair work.
The English are more than happy to host the series as Tom Harrison, the CEO of the English Cricket Board said “We are passionate about helping to protect and grow the game across the world and we are delighted to be able to support Ireland by hosting this series. Fans can’t wait to welcome both Ireland and Bangladesh as part of what promises to be an incredibly exciting summer of cricket.”
The Bangladeshis are on red-hot form as they saw back to back wins against Zimbabwe delivering dominant performances consistently. Batsmen Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, and Mashrafe Mortaza are the ones to watch out for. Ireland has seen a recent drop in their form as they faced a 2-0 loss to an average Afghanistan team in a three-match T20 series. Tough competition is much expected in this series as the Irishmen are pretty used to play on English pitches. It can prove as four nail-biting T20 encounters between both teams.