Nazmul Hasan said earlier that he or the board won’t force any of the players to tour Pakistan.
Bangladesh is scheduled to tour Pakistan next year for a T20I and Test series. Despite the limited-overs games being held in Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium, the Test matches aren’t looking good. The Tests were scheduled to take place in Rawalpindi and Karachi, but ever since they were moved to Pakistan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been having second thoughts about playing in Pakistan.
The BCB instead wants the matches to be played in a neutral venue. While this is all happening, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hoping that the matches will take place on home soil. They’ve also made it clear that playing in another nation isn’t an option for them.
A statement was released by the PCB. It reads:
‘We have had a round of correspondence with the BCB and they are happy to play three T20s in Pakistan but they are slightly reluctant to play two Tests… I have written back to them, being very strong in my response, and asked the reason why. We have our security plans signed off by ICC and it has been signed off for a while now… Sri Lanka are going to compete their series here and everything went very safely with all security provisions in place. So, we are asking Bangladesh what is the reason for you not wanting to come. It is not finished yet and it doesn’t mean they are not coming. They are talking about three T20s, but for us playing Test cricket in another country isn’t an option now’.
Amidst the confusion, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon said that the board won’t force any of their players to tour Pakistan and are also waiting for a report on security clearance on Pakistan. He also said that the player’s safety and opinions will be taken into account.
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