The Bangladesh ODI squad, led by Mashrafe bin Mortaza, left Dhaka on Wednesday night for their 45-day long tour of the UK. The Tigers will first stop in Sussex, England for a 10-day conditioning camp where they will play two 50-over practice matches before travelling to Ireland for a tri-nation series against the home side and New Zealand.
The tri-series is scheduled to begin in Dublin on May 12 with Bangladesh taking on the Irish. The 12-day series will be played in accordance with the double round-robin format. The team with the most wins will lift the title. The series will serve as preparation for the 2017 Champions Trophy where the men in red and green and the Kiwis are among the eight participating teams.
The ICC event is scheduled to take place in June in England and Wales.
Bangladesh however, are set to miss Mashrafe in the opening match of the tri-series. The right-arm pacer is suspended for one ODI for slow over-rate in the third and final match against host Sri Lanka earlier this month.
Bangladesh in their second game will face New Zealand on May 17. The Tigers will then take on Ireland, for the second time, on May 19, before taking on the Kiwis in their last match on May 24. All the matches will be played in Dublin at two venues - Malahide Cricket Club Ground and Clontarf Cricket Club Ground.
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Taskin Ahmed arrives at the airport DHAKA TRIBUNE
Following the tri-series, Bangladesh will return to England to participate in the Champions Trophy for the first time since 2006. Prior to the eighth edition of the multi-nation event, the Tigers will play two warm-up games, against Pakistan in Birmingham on May 27 and India in London on May 30.
Bangladesh will play their Champions Trophy opener against host England at The Oval, Kennington on June 1. Bangladesh will then face Australia on June 5 at the same venue before taking on New Zealand in their last group stage match in Cardiff on June 9.
Tri-nation series against Ireland, New Zealand
12 May, v Ireland, Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
17 May, v New Zealand, Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
19 May, v Ireland, Malahide Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
24 May, v New Zealand, Clontarf Cricket Club Ground, Dublin
2017 Champions Trophy
June 1, v England, Kennington Oval
June 5, v Australia, Kennington Oval
June 9, v New Zealand, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff