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Pakistan to persuade Bangladesh to play three T20Is, one Test: Sources

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will try to persuade the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), in Dubai meeting, to play at least one Test and Three T20Is in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced yesterday that Chairman Ehsan Mani would meet his BCB counterpart Nazmul Hassan in Dubai this week on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Governance Review Committee meeting, where both top officials will try to resolve the ongoing problems regarding Bangladesh tour of Pakistan.

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One of the PCB officials said,” Ehsan Mani will suggest Nazmul Hassan play at least one Test and three T20Is in Pakistan.”

The BCB, after a board meeting on Sunday, said,” The Bangladesh government has advised it to take a short tour of Pakistan at the moment because of the rising tensions between Iran and the US.”

The PCB source added, “The PCB Chairman will also seek an agreement from his BCB counterpart when Bangladesh will come and play the second Test in Pakistan.”

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), who was shy of touring Pakistan due to security concerns, has interestingly raised the Iran-US issue as the reason for not visiting Pakistan. The BCB is firm on playing just the T20I series in the country.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) stands with the stance that the BCB couldn’t challenge the security in Pakistan as Sri Lanka has successfully toured Pakistan for T20I, ODI, and Test series.

Is India behind the Bangladesh refusal of touring Pakistan?

Mirza Iqbal Baig, the senior sports journalist from Pakistan, in an interview with the Dawn, indicated that the Indian government and the BCCI could be behind all this dirty politics being played by the BCB at present.

In this context, the Dubai meeting between the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani and the BCB president Nazmul Hassan will be a key to the ongoing issue.

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