Ireland have announced they will play a three-match Twenty20 series against Bangladesh in Belfast next month.
The games will be played at Stormont in Belfast on July 18, 20 and 21, with a warm-up fixture against an Ireland XI taking place on Monday the 16th of July.
“It’s great news that we’re taking on Bangladesh and the games will give us valuable preparation as we build towards the World Cup in Sri Lanka,” Ireland coach Phil Simmons said.
“We played an exciting brand of cricket in winning the recent qualifying tournament in Dubai and we’re now 8th in the world rankings in this format of the game.
“In Paul Stirling we have one of the most exciting players in international cricket at present and I’m sure the Belfast public will relish the opportunity to watch him on home soil.”
Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom said, “We are delighted to be able to bring more top quality cricket to Ireland.
“Hosting matches against the Full Member countries is exactly what we are striving for and this summer proves we are on the right track with matches against Australia, South Africa A, Afghanistan and now Bangladesh.
“I would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the ICC High Performance Programme and to ICC Europe for their financial support in helping make these matches come to fruition.
“In addition, this is the first time ever we are playing T20I matches at home against a Test nation, and we fully intend to play the games at a time and a price to suit the post-work and weekend crowd.”
The sides have met just once in this format of the game, during the group stages of the ICC World Twenty20 at Trent Bridge in 2009, a game which Ireland won by six wickets.
Ireland vs Bangladesh T20 Series Schedule
- Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Wed July 18 at 5pm
- Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Fri July 20 at 5pm
- Ireland v Bangladesh, T20I, Stormont, Sat July 21 at 4pm.