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Ireland to host West Indies, Bangladesh for tri-series before World Cup

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Ireland to host West Indies, Bangladesh for tri-series before World Cup


West Indies and Bangladesh will travel to Ireland for a one-day international tri-series, beginning on 5 May and concluding on 17 May. Ireland will face West Indies in the opening game, and the tri-series will involve a double round-robin phase followed by the final. The matches will be hosted between Castle Avenue, Clontarf, and The Village, Malahide, in Dublin. Windies and Ireland managed draws in their recent ODI series against England and Afghanistan, respectively, while New Zealand defeated Bangladesh.

This series will be a platform to make improvements. The tri-series will prepare for West Indies and Bangladesh ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, which will begin on 30 May. West Indies will play their opening game on 31 May against Pakistan, while Bangladesh will take on South Africa on 2 June.

A host of top West Indies players, including Andre Russell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Oshane Thomas, Nicholas Pooran, Evin Lewis, and Carlos Brathwaite, will participate in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League. ESPNcricinfo reported that players will be considered for selection only if their respective IPL teams fail to make the playoffs.

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The tri-series will offer Cricket West Indies a chance to test their bench strength and prepare their less experienced players for English conditions before the World Cup begins. Shakib Al Hasan will be the only player participating in the IPL for Bangladesh. Tri-series schedule 5 May: Ireland v West Indies, Clontarf 7 May: West Indies v Bangladesh, Clontarf 9 May: Ireland v Bangladesh, Malahide 11 May: Ireland v West Indies, Malahide 13 May: West Indies v Bangladesh, Malahide 15 May: Ireland v Bangladesh, Clontarf 17 May: Final, Malahide

The limited-edition Classic Fusion Chronograph ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 marks Hublot’s role as Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of this summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England and Wales. As per an official release, the tournament will kick start on May 30, 2019, where England will take on South Africa. As mentioned in the statement, Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, said,

Timing is vital in Cricket. Cricket is a skillful, passionate game that brings people together worldwide. Hublot shares this global passion and is proud and excited to unveil the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 watch and work with cricketing legend Kevin Pietersen.” The Swiss watchmaker is passionate about the sport and is the first watch brand to work with the ICC (International Cricket Council) and partner with its elite international cricketing events.

The Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is the second cricket watch Hublot has created. The first was produced in a limited series for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which Australia won by states. The release further mentions, “The new watch is a celebration of Cricket, and it picks up from the original Hublot Cricket World Cup watch produced four years ago. It features some character design touches to mark the association.

The grey and red detailing is found in the dial, satin-finished and polished ceramic bezel, and leather and rubber strap of the new watch is inspired by the color palette of this year’s event logo; the hands of the twin counters for the chronograph minutes and small seconds are shaped like cricket bats; the triple applique hour marker at noon mirrors the three wooden stumps guarded by a batsman; the sapphire case back is decorated with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 logo.

The 45mm satin-finished and polished titanium case houses HUB1155, a skeletonized automatic chronograph caliber with a date of 6 o’clock. Only 100 pieces will be made, as per the release. According to the release, at Baselworld 2019, Hublot announces a new ‘Friend of the Brand,’ former England captain Kevin Pietersen. Kevin was an outstanding batsman and one of the great cricketers of his generation. He played the last of his 104 Tests in 2014 and scored over 8,000 runs at an average of 47 during his International Test career.

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