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Agreed to play ODI to help Pakistan generate revenue: Nazmul Hassan

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan said that they agreed to play an ODI in their upcoming tour of Pakistan to help PCB earn some revenue as the host will face huge loss hosting Bangladesh in three phases.

Earlier, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was reluctant to send their team to Pakistan for the Test series, and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was firm on hosting them in Pakistan.

In this regard, the bosses of both the boards met in Dubai, where they decided that Bangladesh will tour Pakistan for two Tests, one ODI, and three T20Is.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) Chairman Shashank Manohar played a significant role in simplifying the things between the boards of two countries to make the tour happen.

It was decided that Bangladesh would tour Pakistan for a full series, but the series scheduled was revised, which meant Bangladesh would come to Pakistan in three different phases to complete the series.

Bangladesh was initially scheduled to tour Pakistan for three-match T20I series and two-match Test series.

The BCB president Nazmul Hassan told media, “I was supposed to go and meet ICC chairman Shashank Manohar as I had given his word and was supposed to meet him. PCB officials were already there when I arrived, and the PCB officials told us that they want to sit with us 2:30 PM.”

Nazmul said, “Firstly, PCB told us that to play three -T20 and one test, but I said no and said that we would play only three T-20, and we will go later.”

Nazmul Hassan told Bangladesh media that he had agreed to play one-off ODI in Pakistan to help PCB generate some revenue.

Nazmul Hassan said, “Pakistan is facing a huge financial loss for hosting us on three phases. The PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani offered us to play one T20 ahead of the 2nd Test, as that will give them some revenue. Their cost has increased a lot as we are going three-time and in this little time, they cannot do marketing.”

He added, “We needed practice match, and we felt that if we played ODI, then we can practice more, and they can generate some revenues.”

Nazmul Hassan reacted to the criticism made to him regarding his decision to touring Pakistan in three different phases.

“The Government told us for a short stay, and what we were saying it is exactly written there in the MOU. We will play the Test matches after considering the situation, and we are still maintaining it as far as the tour is concerned.”

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