More than another meaningless ODI series



A look at Ireland’s tour to Bangladesh
When Ireland rock up in Bangladesh later this month to engage the world’s lowest ranked Test team in a series of 3 ODI matches not may people will take much attention to the action on the field fro various reasons including that their will be the more lucrative Test series involving South Africa’s tour to India and England in new Zealand. That the hosts have struggled to justify their place on the high table of cricketdome with only a handful of ODI wins and virtually no test wins since their promotion 8 years ago and the tourists are yet another young pretender looking to stake at claim at joining the big boys based on a highly successful World Cup campaign mean there will be a little more than just a handful of ranking points up for grabs.

Ireland will be playing ODI matches since late last year and will be the first under the new Cricket Ireland management. Ireland will be arriving in Bangladesh on the back of a resounding innings victory over UAE in a Intercontinental cup match, thanks mainly in part to a century from Wicket keeper-batsman Niall O’Brien, who if he plays any part in the tours could be the first player to participate in the controversial ICL and still manage to represent his country in a full ODI. Ireland will be without pace bowler Boyd Rankin, whose extra height would have been an advantage on pitches which are not expected to give much bounce or movement, and will be sweating on the fitness of Trent Johnson and Alex Cusack. Whilst they continue to look a dominating force among their fellow associates this will be Ireland’s first game against a major cricketing nation since they hosted India and South Africa in mid 2007 and it will be interesting to see how competitive Ireland can be.

Bangladesh on the other hand will be fresh from rather disappointing test and ODI series beatings by South Africa and while it may not be so bad to lose to such a strong cricketing nation it goes without saying that the nature of the way Bangladesh were swept away in the second test and in the ODI’s will worry more than a few of their fans as they take on a team that showed at the World Cup in the West Indies that they are more than capable of knocking them over. Bangladesh will be banking as always on their spinners to do a strangulating job on their opposition middle order while the flat nature of the grounds will make it easier for openers Tamim Iqbal and Junaed Siddique to impose some authority over Ireland’s pace attack. Having whitewashed the last two associate teams to tour Bangladesh for ODI’s (Scotland ad Kenya) it will be important for Bangladesh toshow that at least they remain several cut above any old Non-Test team.

As the hosts Bangladesh will obviously be banking on their familiarity with the match conditions and the backing of their home matches to give them an additional edge over their counterparts who will be playing on subcontinental conditions probably for the first time at this level. However Ireland do have a stronger batting line up than most other Associates at this time and if they can get decent totals up they could make life very difficult for their opponents.


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Thanks andruid.

I for one will tune in onto this series.

I feel I’ll see here clean and competitive cricket played in good spirits, than rich spoilt brats behaving like schoolkids in bigger arenas.

True cricket is not necessarily played by the best.
It is played by those who really love the sport for the spirit it symbolise.

©hinaman said this on March 13th, 2008 at 11:46 pm