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Bangladesh not to tour Pakistan

PCB sent an invitation for a series in Pakistan.

By Aditya Pratap Arya -

Bangladesh has turned down a request from Pakistan, where latter asked them to visit Pakistan for a two-match T20 International series near around early July.

In a process to bring cricket back in Pakistan, they sent an invitation to the rising team of cricket but Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) slammed this offer and denied to visit Pakistan because of security concern.

Jalal Yousuf, BCB’s media and communication committee chairman, said: “the reports were not satisfactory enough due to which we had to pull back.”

Pakistan Cricket Board is just fresh to host the final game of Pakistan Super League, which was held in Lahore and several foreign players were a part of this game. Despite a clear ‘No’, Shahryar Khan expressed his eagerness to host Bangladesh in near future.

“We want to host Bangladesh but its chances are not bright. Some of our friends think they may tour but I feel they will not because of political concerns more than security concerns. But during ICC meeting I will speak to my Bangladesh counterpart and may re-negotiate our tour to Bangladesh this year and ask them to compensate us for not touring Pakistan,” PCB head Shahryar Khan said.

Last time both teams featured in a bilateral series was in 2015 when PCB took 325,000 dollars while saying that it was technically their home series. However, BCB is in no mood to share revues with anyone this time as they clear it before any home series.

Thus, Bangladesh became the fourth straight team to refuse PCB’s invitation to visit their den after West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka. The last time Pakistan host an international team was in 2009, but a terror attack on Sri Lankan team cost them exclusion of Pakistan from the cricketing map. Amidst, Zimbabwe had visited sub-continent in 2015 for a short limited-over series.

Aditya Pratap Arya

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