Ireland will play their first Test match against Bangladesh during their tour of the country in March and April, a visit that also includes three ODIs and three T20Is. It is Ireland’s first bilateral tour of Bangladesh since 2008.
“We are delighted to confirm Ireland men’s seven-match, multi-format tour of Bangladesh – and thank the BCB for their cooperation and support in agreeing this month-long tour,” Deutrom said. “Since the two sides first met in 1997, there has been a great on-field rivalry formed and we look forward to what looks set to be another competitive series.
“Of particular interest to players and fans alike will no doubt be the last fixture on the schedule – the match marks Ireland’s return to playing Test cricket. It will undoubtedly be a challenging experience in Asian conditions for our squad, but it will be invaluable to our players’ development knowing that we will be playing a great deal of cricket in Asia over coming years.”
BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the series was a reaffirmation of Bangladesh’s “commitment to the ICC FTP”.
“Ireland’s visit to Bangladesh is another exciting event in our home season after the series against India and England,” Chowdhury said. “The BCB and Cricket Ireland have a cordial and strong relationship and the two boards have worked very closely to arrange this bilateral tour despite the challenges of a busy international calendar. This is also a statement of the BCB’s commitment to the ICC FTP.”
Bangladesh are also scheduled to tour Ireland in May.