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Pakistan stay too long if series not split

  • Published at 10:33 pm December 7th, 2019

Following strict security procedures for prolonged period may mentally exhaust players

A section of the Bangladesh Cricket Board is pushing for the T20I and Test series in the tour of Pakistan to be split up, as they believe being subjected to strict security measures for a prolonged period may mentally exhaust the players, sources have said.

A Bangladesh government delegation visited Pakistan earlier this year to assess security. Based on the report from the government, the BCB had sent an U16 team and the national women’s team to tour Pakistan in October this year. During the tour, the cricketers were restricted from moving outside the hotel and a section of the BCB believes this can be mentally taxing.

The Bangladesh national cricket team is scheduled to tour Pakistan for the first time since 2008, for three T20Is and two Tests, in January-February next year. However, the BCB is still waiting for security clearance from the Bangladesh government.

“If we don’t get the green signal for some reason, then we have to discuss playing at a neutral venue with them [Pakistan Cricket Board]. If we get the green signal then it’s different. We can also talk about the split venues for the upcoming series,” BCB Chairman (Cricket Operations) Akram Khan told reporters Tuesday.  

Pakistan has come long way towards reviving cricket in the country, since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan national team in Lahore in 2009. Bangladesh in the past did not have the green signal from the government to travel to the country, while West Indies and Sri Lanka visited but for a short tour that only included ODIs and T20I matches. 

A full strength Sri Lanka team is set to tour Pakistan for a Test series this month.

The PCB has already pressed for the series against Bangladesh to be played only on Pakistan soil. According to media reports last month, the PCB had reiterated that they want the home series against Bangladesh to be played on Pakistan's home ground after conducting the two scheduled Test matches against Sri Lanka this month.