The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is set to meet his Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) counterpart in Dubai. It is said that the PCB chairman would provide further reports to the BCB president Nazmul Hassan about the security arrangements in Pakistan.
Bangladesh was scheduled to tour Pakistan for three-match T20I series and two-match Test series this month.
However, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), in a meeting held on Sunday, decided to play only the T20I series in Pakistan.
After the meeting, BCB President Nazmul Hassan said,
“We’re yet to get a piece of full security advice from the government. But we’ve managed a brief report which suggested that we can tour Pakistan for a shorter period. So we’ve decided to play three T20Is.”
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said that the current US-Iran situation was the main reason behind Bangladesh’s withdrawal from the Test series.
The BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, said, “We don’t think we can play Tests in Pakistan at the moment, so we have decided to play T20I series only. We might play Tests after peace is restored in the region.”
We are going to make this offer to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB),” Nazmul Hassan said. Bangladesh and Pakistan were scheduled to play two Tests and three T20Is. But on security grounds, BCB is not willing to allow cricketers to stay in Pakistan for longer version matches.
When a Bangladeshi reporter asked Nazmul Hassan that the Test series was part of the ICC Test Championship, he replied, “We don’t know how we’ll play the Test series – whether be it one-by-one or two-match series together. The Test series might be canceled as well. We already verbally informed PCB.”
The security situation in Pakistan is different now: BCB President
Interestingly, the BCB officials, who were not considering Pakistan safe, have suddenly put US-Iran ongoing tensions in the story.
The BCB president said, “We aren’t saying that the security situation in Pakistan isn’t satisfactory. It’s tough to say no to this tour because Sri Lanka, who were victims of a terror attack in 2009, are saying that they are happy with the security. But the situation is different than it was during Sri Lanka’s latest tour.”
The PCB chairman Ehsan Mani is optimistic that the Dubai meeting would be fruitful for both sides.