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BCB delays the final decision on Pakistan tour

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was unable to take the final decision regarding the Pakistan tour for two Tests and three T20Is, yesterday.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials were confident of making a final decision in the meeting, which was held yesterday, but the outcome of the meeting didn’t come out as expected.

The BCB president Nazmul Hassan made clear to the media that Bangladesh was ready to play T20I series in Pakistan at present, and they were thinking of touring Pakistan for the Test series, later but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) asked for the Tests series first, and T20Is then as the Tests were the priority for the PCB, now.

The BCB held the meeting on Thursday to make the decision — whether to stick with their choice of playing the T20Is first or accepting the PCB’s proposal of playing the two-match Test series first.

The BCB media chairman Jalal Yunus told the Daily Star, “We are still working on it. We are considering a number of options now an we are taking a bit of time for that. Hopefully we will be able to make a decision in the board meeting we will have on January 12. After that, we can make it public.”

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Jalal told the media,” There are three options that the BCB is pondering. Option one is to stick to playing just the three T20Is, the second option is to play a single Test alongside three T20Is, and the last option is to agree to the PCB’s offer of playing the two Tests first.”

Now the BCB is confident that the final decision regarding Pakistan tour will be made on January 12 in the board meeting. With most of the players already consented for the tour, Mushfiqur Rahim’s refusal shouldn’t be an issue.

Although the BCB had stated that if they failed to make a good squad for Pakistan tour, then they would prefer not to tour the country.

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