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Balbirnie preparing Ireland team for Bangladesh mission amidst BPL



Photo: Andrew Balbirnie and Shakib al Hasan, file photo

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Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie is preparing his team with the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) experience and already started assisting his national head coach for Bangladesh’s ‘tricky’ surface.

The Irish side today (Thursday) announced their full tour squad, where Balbirnie going to lead in all formats.

"I certainly been in contact with the head coach back home and giving him the information on the different type of surfaces we are going to come and play," Balbirnie, who is playing for Khulna Tigers for the first time in BPL said the media.

"Not every day you get to play in a top league (BPL) like this, at some really amazing venues," he added.

The three ODIs, three T20Is, and a Test will be part of their second tour of Bangladesh after playing three ODIs in Dhaka in 2008.

This will be the first-ever all-format bilateral series between the two countries.

Balbirnie is very much aware of the challengers that his team will face in this conditions that are spin-friendly as Ireland prepares to play their first Test against the Tigers.

"Yes, it's a bit tricky as we don't play a lot of Test matches. Probably we played our last Test three years ago back in 2019 at Lord's, which is very different from here,”

"It will be tough to plan on a wicket that turns but we will find a way to compete. We know it will be super difficult but it's also exciting to come play Test in such conditions and test ourselves against the best in the world," the 32-year-old further said.