Many are of the opinion that BCB gave in to cricket diplomacy, rather than prioritizing its own interests, but BCB president Nazmul Hasan said he is finding it difficult as to why they are in the line of fire
Bangladesh Cricket Board has come under severe criticism after confirming the Tigers’ tour of Pakistan Tuesday.
Till Sunday, the BCB had reservations over touring Pakistan for a full bilateral series as per advice from the government, and was stubborn on its decision to travel for a short tour.
However, cricket’s governing body in the country has now decided to send the team for a full tour over three separate dates spanning over a duration of two and a half months.
To add to that, ever since the saga started with regards to Bangladesh touring Pakistan, the BCB was adamant to play the three-match T20I series first, and then the two-game Test series, provided they were happy with the security situation.
The BCB though had a 360 degree shift in decision following a meeting with Pakistan Cricket Board in the sidelines of the International Cricket Council governance meeting in Dubai, leaving the majority of the Bangladesh cricket fraternity bamboozled.
The chairman and CEO of the @TheRealPCB Tuesday reached consensus with the @BCBtigers on the upcoming series, which will be part of the Future Tours Program, reports https://t.co/3gZDjhAenjhttps://t.co/HihtXDm2ud#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #PCB #CRICKET #BANGLADESHCRICKET #PAKISTAN— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) January 14, 2020
Many are of the opinion that BCB gave in to cricket diplomacy, rather than prioritizing its own interests, but BCB president Nazmul Hasan said he is finding it difficult as to why they are in the line of fire.
Upon his arrival from Dubai Wednesday morning, BCB boss Nazmul said, “I do not know why they are criticizing, and I am finding it strange because we always said we will play the T20Is first, and it remained the same.”
“They (PCB) first wanted us to play full series and then told us to play Test series first. Now why they are saying this [criticizing], I do not understand that. I am surprised. I think the series is happening the way we always wanted. The first time I faced the media regarding this issue, I said we want to play T20I series first and then the Test series,” BCB chief Nazmul explained.
The Tigers will now play two Tests, three T20Is and a solitary ODI in the series that will begin later this month and last till April.
Split into three parts, the Tigers will first play three T20Is between January 24-27 in Lahore before traveling back home.
The Tigers had a disappointing 2019 and it reflected in the International Cricket Council awards, as none of the @BCBtigers players were in the list of awardees.https://t.co/yzlUnE3rYt#BCBTIGERS #BCB #TIGERS #BANGLADESHCRICKET #BANGLADESH #CRICKET #ICC #INTERNATIONALCRICKET— Dhaka Tribune Sports (@Sport_DT) January 15, 2020
Bangladesh will return to Pakistan to play the first Test in Rawalpindi, starting on February 7, before the Pakistan players take part in the Pakistan Super League Twenty20.
After coming back home for a second time, the Tigers will then return to Pakistan to play the lone ODI on April 3 and the second and final Test in Karachi, beginning on April 5.
BCB supremo Nazmul informed that the one-off ODI was added to the roster to help the home board cover the expenses of the tour that will feature three visits from the touring side.
“Pakistan is facing huge [financial] loss. We [Bangladesh team] need one practice match. They had proposed of playing a T20I, that way they get to earn better. Their cost has increased a lot given that we will be travelling three times now. We thought of playing an ODI as it will help the cricketers prepare better,” Nazmul explained.