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BCB insists on split Pakistan tour

  • Published at 10:29 pm December 24th, 2019
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The Bangladesh cricket team are scheduled to tour Pakistan in January-February next year for a three-match T20I series and a two-Test series

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is continuing to insist on a split tour of Pakistan, even though Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani, head coach Misbah Ul Haq and other individuals have expressed disappointment with the delays in the approval of the tour.

The Bangladesh cricket team are scheduled to tour Pakistan in January-February next year for a three-match T20I series and a two-Test series. 

The BCB is yet to confirm the tour yet and pressing for the T20I series to be played first.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said reactions from PCB related officials are being driven by the fact that Pakistan is trying to revive international cricket in the country. 

The BCB high-up emphasized the importance of playing the T20I series first to evaluate the environment in Pakistan, before deciding on the Test series.

“Given the situation they [PCB] are in, they will always want international cricket to return to Pakistan. Their statements are being driven by this fact. But you all know about the environment there. A big part of our national team management involves individual from different countries. It is important to hold discussions with the coaching staff, the players and others involved before deciding on a long stay in Pakistan,” Nizamuddin told the media in Dhaka Tuesday.

Pakistan has hosted a number of series at home over the past year, but the movement of the visitor has been limited. 

With the heavy security measures, visiting players and staff have often been restricted to just their hotel and the playing field, which can mentally exhaust them in case of a long stay. 

The recent series against Sri Lanka hosted by Pakistan was held in two parts, with the T20Is played first and the Tests a few weeks later.

“This is why our primary proposal is that we can tour Pakistan for a limited time to play the three-T20I series. That way, the actual situation there can be assessed,” Nizamuddin said.

BCB has also offered to play the T20I matches at one venue, instead of moving to different cities. 

The PCB had planned to host the T20Is in both Lahore and Karachi.

PCB chairman Mani Monday said Pakistan's days of hosting international cricket at a neutral venue are over. 

The statement came just after Pakistan bagged a Test series win against Sri Lanka at home. 

The Test against Sri Lanka was the first in Pakistan since 2009, when the Sri Lankan team bus had suffered a terror attack in Lahore.