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Bangladesh- Ireland Series

High-flying Bangladesh aim to down Ireland in T20 opener



Photo: Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan shakes hand with Ireland skipper Paul Stirling

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Bangladesh will play against Ireland in a three-match T20 International series, continuing their "tactical aggressive" style of cricket in hopes of another series victory.

Bangladesh won six straight games after losing the first two games of ODI series against England. Then they decisively defeated England in a three-match T20 series after winning the final ODI against them to prevent an ODI sweep.

They went on to win the ODI series against Ireland by a score of 2-0, but more importantly, they broke records in each match.

It appeared that Bangladesh are going through new era of cricket, specially the way they were playing of late. But according to head coach Chandika Hathurusingha all those were possible for the 'tactical aggressive' cricket, which made cricketers hungrier for success, something which was instrumental in team's clinical performance.

"I don't see this as a new era. That's how we wanted to play our cricket going forward. We won't play aggressive cricket. Aggressive cricket, as I explain, it doesn't mean we go and hit hard further as we can," Hathurusingha said.

"It's aggressive in every sense of the word. Our selection (should be) aggressive field placing, our body language, our fielding, batting (Should be aggressive). Tactically we're going to be aggressive. We want to play the best way we can. I think when we play like that-- like with aggression and with freedom, this team will do well always," he added.

Psychological safety also brought out the best of the players to make them hungry for success, Hathurusingha clarified.

"One word I can sum up is psychological safety. It's a big word. There's a lot of things in behind that like if you can create the environment that the players can do their best without worry about outcomes, without worry about repercussion. Not only coaches, not only selectors even from their peers, if they can be free of trying things and if they fail it's still okay, they are the same players and we trust them," he further added.

The last game in this format between the two teams was played in 2016. The first T20 World Cup match between the two teams was won by Ireland in 2009 in England, but Bangladesh went on to completely destroy Ireland in a three-match series in 2012 on Irish soil. Their final World Cup match in Dharmashala was postponed.

"We want the same result ideally. That's what we talk about as well. We are going to do the same processes that are in place for us. If we do our process right, we are a very good team and that's all we can ask from the players. And we're trying to improve those processes everyday," Hathurusingha made his intention clear.