Bangladesh in Ireland and Scotland
The ICC and ECC recently instigated an arrangement for Bangladesh to play fixtures against Ireland and Scotland as part of the preparations for next year’s ICC Trophy in Ireland and also to provide Bangladesh with opposition to help in their preparations for the Champions Trophy.
Firstly, Bangladesh travelled to Ireland for two Internationals. On 29th August at Stormont, Ireland suffered a final ball defeat, losing by 2 wickets. Top scorer for Ireland was J. Molins on 64 and for Bangladesh N. Iqbal on 100.
30th August saw the second International at Limavady and once again Ireland lost to Bangladesh this time by 54 runs. Performances of note were K. Mashud 51* for Bangladesh and G. Cooke 5-55 for Ireland. Mohammed Rafique received the Man of the Match award for his 42 and 2-30.
Ireland Coach Adrian Birrell was disappointed, ‘we did not play to the standard we’ve set ourselves. Still it is a good lesson to us with the ICC Trophy coming up next year. We can’t afford to be complacent’.
Bangladesh then moved on to Scotland, to Raeburn Place in Edinburgh. The first International was played on 1st September where Scotland lost by 5 wickets.
However, at the second International on 3rd September, Scotland squared the series with victory off the last ball to win by 4 wickets. The last over saw Scotland needing 14 runs and this was achieved with a four, a single, a four off a no-ball, three singles and a four and with C. English not out on 49. A famous victory had been won by Scotland