Besides the 15 cricketers, eight members of the coaching and support staff were also part of the touring party
Bangladesh cricket team’s players and officials reached Lahore, Pakistan safely Wednesday night at 11:30pm, Bangladesh standard time, ahead of the first of three Twenty20 internationals, scheduled to be held Friday at Gaddafi Stadium.
The second and third T20Is will also be held at the same venue Saturday and Monday respectively.
Split into three parts, Bangladesh will first play the three T20Is before traveling back home.
The Tigers will return to Pakistan to play the first of two Test matches in Rawalpindi, starting on February 7, before the Pakistani players take part in the Pakistan Super League T20.
Bangladesh will come back home before returning to Pakistan to play the lone ODI on April 3 and the second and final Test, starting on April 5 in Karachi.
Besides the 15 cricketers, eight members of the coaching and support staff were also part of the touring party.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan and chief national selector Minhajul Abedin also accompanied the 23-member contingent, along with a few security officials and media personnel.
Ahead of the first T20I, the Tigers will train Thursday evening, putting the finishing touch to their preparation.
Prior to their departure from Dhaka, a few Bangladesh cricketers talked to the media.
Among them, opening batsman Soumya Sarkar stressed on the importance of the junior players stepping up and make themselves counted in the absence of ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan, who is serving a one-year ban, and Mushfiqur Rahim, who opted to skip the tour due to security concerns.
“A few senior players will not be part of the tour. Obviously, it would’ve been good if they were with us. We have to play with responsibility. As for the junior players, we have to give our best. Personally, I’d like to contribute with both bat and ball,” said Soumya.
On the other hand, middle-order batsman Mohammad Mithun said their major focus would be on cricket, and not the issues off the field.
He said, “There is no tension at all. If we keep it (tension) inside our head, it will only increase. So there is no benefit in thinking about all that (security concerns). We will go there to play, so our full focus should be on that. Hope we achieve something good in Pakistan.”
Paceman Shafiul Islam echoed the same sentiment.
He said, “No tension at all since the board (BCB) left no stone unturned. The only expectation is to do something good and come back home.”