Bangladesh are high on confidence following their landmark T20 clean sweep over T20 World Champions England.
Bangladesh are the clear favourites in the series, having won seven of the 10 ODIs between the two sides. The Tigers have suffered two defeats against the Irish, but they have also never lost an ODI against Ireland at home.
Ireland won the maiden encounter between the two sides in the 2007 ICC World Cup in Bridgetown, West Indies and the last time they beat Bangladesh in an ODI was in 2010 at Belfast.
This will be the first ODI between the two teams since 2019, when Bangladesh notched up a comfortable six-wicket win over the hosts in Dublin in a tri-nation series. Bangladesh ended up winning that series, defeating West Indies in the final.
Bangladesh’s over six-year-long unbeaten streak in home ODI series ended when they suffered a 1-2 series defeat against England in earlier this month.
Still, Bangladesh’s record in home ODI series is to marvel at as they have just lost two bilateral ODI series since 2015, both against England.
But Hathurusingha doesn’t want his charges to become complacent.
“Winning is always our aim whoever we play. No team is easy in international cricket. They beat England during the World Cup. On their day, any team can beat anyone,” The Sri Lankan said.
The head coach also hinted at some changes in the best XI in the first ODI as the team wants to expand its player’s pool ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup in India.
“We are trying to expand our pool regardless of who we play. (But) we will try to win,” he said.
Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (c), Liton Das, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Afif Hossain, Yasir Ali, Towhid Hridoy, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadot Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Shoriful Islam, Zakir Hasan
Ireland: Andrew Balbirnie (c), Harry Tector, Gareth Delany, Paul Stirling, Curtis Campher, Matthew Humphreys, Lorcan Tucker, Stephen Doheny, Mark Adair, George Dockrell, Graham Hume, Benjamin White, Andy McBrine, Joshua Little