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BCB: Cricketers will not be forced to go on Pakistan tour

  • Published at 09:42 pm December 14th, 2019
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The BCB is currently waiting for security clearance for the tour, where Bangladesh is scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests against hosts Pakistan

Cricketers will not be forced to go to Pakistan if the Bangladesh national cricket team’s tour of the country slated for January-February next year gets the go ahead, Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan has said.

The BCB is currently waiting for security clearance for the tour, where Bangladesh is scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests against hosts Pakistan.

“We cannot force our players to go to Pakistan. If any player does not want to go, he will not go there. We will not pressurize anyone. The board will not pressurize any player to go to Pakistan. I do not think it is time to talk about the replacement team yet. It will depend on the situation,’’ BCB President Nazmul told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Saturday.

“We have asked the government to let us know if we get the clearance to send the national team to Pakistan. Two of our teams visited Pakistan before: One was the women’s team and other was the boy’s team [Bangladesh U16]. We are yet to get the security clearance for the national team, but if you ask me about security, it should be the same whether it is the under-12 or the national team. We are assuming that we will get the security clearance, but we are yet to receive it. When we will receive it in our hand, we can inform about our decision,” the BCB chief added.

“After security clearance, it will be the up to the cricketers. We want to hear who wants to go or who does not. There are lots of matters, including the board. After getting the clearance, we will sit to discuss these things. We hope that we can make a final decision within the next four to five days,’’ Nazmul further said. 

The Pakistan Cricket Board has invited the BCB for a day-night Test match in Karachi. As it stands, the BCB is considering a split series, with the T20I series in Pakistan and the Test series at a neutral venue.