Ireland’s cricket team is gearing up for their fourth-ever Test match against Bangladesh, scheduled to begin on Tuesday in Dhaka. Captain Andrew Balbirnie expressed excitement and acknowledged the challenges ahead, especially for players with limited Test match experience. The length of the game and the hot conditions would be challenging for the team, which has lost all previous Test matches since joining the ICC in 2017. The article explores the team’s preparations and prospects for the upcoming match.
Prospects for Ireland’s Fourth Test Match
Ireland’s fourth Test match against Bangladesh presents a significant challenge for the team. The squad’s lack of experience in Test cricket is a significant disadvantage, as many players have grown up on white-ball cricket, which is markedly different from the five-day format. Ireland has lost all three of their previous Test matches, and they will be looking to change their fortunes in Dhaka.
Captain Andrew Balbirnie acknowledged that the conditions in Bangladesh would be challenging, with heat being a significant factor. The team is also playing on a new ground, which is likely to add to the challenge. Balbirnie stressed the need for discipline among the bowlers and the importance of setting oneself to bat for as long as possible, which are crucial elements of Test cricket.
Team Composition and Preparations
Ireland is likely to field an inexperienced team for the match against Bangladesh. However, the team has been preparing for the Test for a while, with training sessions aimed at acclimating the players to the conditions and improving their skills. The team also participated in two preceding 50-over and T20 series against Bangladesh, losing 2-0 and 2-1, respectively.
Bangladesh’s Fast Bowler Taskin Ahmed will be out of the Test due to a side strain, and he will be replaced in the squad by Rejaur Rahman Raja. Bangladesh has also denied permission for their skipper Shakib Al Hasan and deputy Liton Das to join the Indian Premier League until the end of the Test match.
All-rounder Mehidy Hasan expressed optimism ahead of the Test, highlighting the team’s good form and combination. Bangladesh has been playing regularly and has been in good touch, which could pose a challenge for Ireland.