Bangladesh decline playing Test series in Pakistan

Tanya Simon
January 14, 2020

Pakistan will play two Tests, 3 T20Is and a one-off ODI.

The Tigers will tour Pakistan three times to play three Twenty20 Internationals, one One-Day International and two Tests between Jan 24 and April 9, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board.

Shashank Manohar, ICC's Chairman, acted as the facilitator. The PCB has said that after the Test tour by Sri Lanka there was no ground for Bangladesh refusing to tour Pakistan as per the ICC Test Championship schedule because of security concerns.

Speaking to the media after the tour details were finalised, PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: "I am pleased that we have amicably achieved a resolution that is in the best interest of this great sport as well as both the proud cricket playing countries". But the PCB's announcement the following day they would continue to have discussions with the BCB on the sidelines of the ICC's Governance Review Committee Meeting implied they had not yet given up on a favourable outcome.

However, the tour has been split into three parts with Bangladesh playing three T20Is, scheduled to be held between January 24 to 27. I am glad that the uncertainty around the series is now over and we can start planning for the smooth delivery of the matches.

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The visit "should" give Bangladesh "the comfort that Pakistan is as safe and secure as any other cricket playing country", he added.

Pakistan on Tuesday announced Bangladesh will visit for three Twenty20s, a one-day worldwide and two Tests across three trips, starting later this month.

Bangladeh's Mortaza said that he would tour Pakistan if he were given the chance.

Dhaka - Bangladesh on Sunday chose to stay firm in their decision to just play three Twenty20 internationals in Pakistan later this month, dismissing a Pakistani proposal to take part in a full Test series. "But if you only ask me about going to Pakistan or not, I would say yes, I would go", said Mortaza.

"The most important thing is that their families are anxious", he had added.

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