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BCB yet to take decision on Pakistan tour

  • Published at 09:14 pm December 2nd, 2019
Bangladesh

The ICC Future Tours Program, Bangladesh are slated to play hosts Pakistan in three T20Is and two Test matches, which will be a part of the ICC Test Championship

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to decide on the national men’s team’s tour of Pakistan in January-February next year.

BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the board is waiting for the report from Bangladesh government delegation that recently visited Pakistan to conduct a security assessment.

“The report is very important for us. We can only decide after receiving the security assessment. We are in constant communication with the Pakistan Cricket Board, but we will not tour if there is any risk for the cricketers,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin told the media Monday.

As per the ICC Future Tours Program, Bangladesh are slated to play hosts Pakistan in three T20Is and two Test matches, which will be a part of the ICC Test Championship.

In October and November this year, the Bangladesh national women’s cricket team and Bangladesh U16 boy’s team had traveled to Pakistan.

Pakistan is set to play its first Test match on home soil in more than a decade when it hosts the Sri Lankan cricket team for a two-match series in December. International cricket has been rare for Pakistan at home following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka national cricket team bus in Lahore in 2009.

The PCB last week reiterated that they want the home series against Bangladesh to be played on Pakistan’s home ground, after the two scheduled Test matches against Sri Lanka.

The BCB had pressed for having only the T20I matches in Pakistan and the Test matches at a neutral venue. The PCB, however, did not agree as they believe this would negatively affect any future international and the Pakistan Super League T20.