Pakistan will not tour Bangladesh this year as per schedule, said the chairman Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan on Wednesday. According to the PCB boss, said the series has been postponed indefinitely by mutual consent. Pakistan was to play two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I series in Bangladesh in July and August. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ বাংলাদেশ সফর স্থগিত করল পাকিস্তান]
“We had spoken about the possibility of hosting them [Bangladesh in Pakistan] this year,” said Khan. “Pakistan have now toured Bangladesh twice without them reciprocating, and we feel we cannot tour Bangladesh for the third straight time. Therefore, we have decided to postpone the tour, and will explore another window in the next year or so.” [Read also: Probe committee takes three days more to submit report]
Bangladesh last toured Pakistan in 2007-08, for a five-ODI series. Since then, Pakistan have toured Bangladesh twice since, in 2011-12 and 2015. Bangladesh were the fourth team – after West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka – to refuse to travel to Pakistan in the last two years.
On Pakistan’s last visit to Bangladesh in 2015, the PCB had reportedly taken US$ 325,000 and justified it by saying the series had “technically” been Pakistan’s home series. This year the BCB rejected all such proposals to share revenue, though it was open to playing at a neutral venue if necessary.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com