BCB agrees to tour Pakistan in three legs

DHAKA, Jan 14, 2020 (BSS) – Ending all speculations, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed the tour of Pakistan, which now will be held in three legs.

The BCB and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) today reached an agreement on scheduling Bangladesh’s Tour of Pakistan in which a ODI is also included along with the existing two-match Test and three T20 Internationals, the BCB said in a press release.

From the very beginning, Bangladesh insisted on a split series, which finally was materialized.

Bangladesh will play a three-match T20 International series in Lahore from January 24-27. The Tigers are then expected to return to Pakistan for the first of the two ICC World Test Championship matches which will be held in Rawalpindi from February 7-11.

Following the conclusion of the first Test, Bangladesh will visit Pakistan again to play a one-off ODI in Karachi on April 3 and the second ICC World Test Championship fixture from April 5-9 at the same venue.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan, MP, said: “I must thank the PCB for understanding our position. We are pleased that a mutually acceptable resolution has been reached and this is a prime example our sincere efforts at respecting the ICC FTP commitments.”

The decision came after the two board presidents met on the sideline of the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in Dubai.

The process was facilitated by the ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar in Dubai on Tuesday afternoon.

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. I also want to thank ICC Chairman Shaskank Manohar for the leadership he provided and ensured the sport continues to grow and thrive in the two countries.”

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, who also attended Tuesday’s meeting at the ICC headquarters, said: “It is a win-win outcome for both the boards. I am glad that the uncertainty around the series is now over and we can start planning for the smooth delivery of the matches. Bangladesh will visit Pakistan thrice, which should give them the comfort that Pakistan is as safe and secure as any other cricket playing country.

“The split series across three venues will also provide fans and followers to watch live in action their favourite players and support good cricket from either side.”

Tour schedule: 24 Jan – 1st T20I, Lahore 25 Jan – 2nd T20I, Lahore 27 Jan – 3rd T20I, Lahore 7-11 Feb – 1st Test, Rawalpindi 3 Apr-One-off ODI, Karachi 5-9 Apr- 2nd Test, Karachi.