Bangladesh has agreed to play 3-match T20I series, but have denied playing Test cricket in Pakistan.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said,” We are keen to tour Pakistan, but that is only for the T20 series. We are reluctant to stay there for a longer period.”
Bangladesh is set to visit Pakistan for two-match Test series and three-match T20I series in February 2020.
The series will take one month. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), therefore, wants to play the two-match Test series in a neutral venue and the T20 series in Pakistan.
Nizamuddin Chowdhury said,” We have already communicated Pakistan, letting them know what Bangladesh wants but is yet to get any reply.”
He added, “We are with Pakistan always in their initiative to revive the cricket there, and so at this moment we want to send the national male team for three-match T20 series only. At this moment we want the two-match Test series to be held in a neutral venue and Pakistan can decide where they want to play. Since Pakistan played in a neutral venue, we think it won’t be a problem for them to arrange the Test series in a place other than Pakistan.”
He continued, “At this moment, we actually can’t stay there for a longer period. We have already communicated them in this regard, and we are still in touch with them. But still, there is no reply.”
Bangladesh, earlier, sent their national women’s team in Pakistan for a short tour.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) decision to make its short tour came after a high-level security team, sent by the Bangladesh Government visited twice in Pakistan to assess the security condition there.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) CEO Wasim Khan responded to his BCB counterpart,” Bangladesh are happy to play T20Is in Pakistan but won’t play 2 Tests here. I’ve written to BCB & been very strong in my response & asked them why. They’re talking about playing T20Is but for us, playing Test cricket in another country isn’t an option now.”