Pakistan Cricket team were scheduled to tour Bangladesh on 9th of July for a bilateral series of three One Day internationals, two tests and two twenty/20s with the hosts. Then recently after a International Cricket council (ICC) meeting in Dubai the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shahriyar Khan has said that Pakistan would not tour Bangladesh. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ পাকিস্তানের বাংলাদেশ সফর বাতিল হয়নি!]
But now the chairman of the former cricket champions has stepped back from his strict statement and has now said that Pakistan Cricket team’s Bangladesh tour is now cancelled, instead it is just postponed with the mutual understanding of the boards from both the nations.
He said, “Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh is not cancelled. Actually it is postponed currently after a mutual understanding between both. We will forward a letter to Bangladesh Cricket Board regarding this soon. We will send the details about our stand for the series in that letter”.
He also hinted to play the series in a neutral venue. Shahriyar said, “We till now have toured Bangladesh twice. Now we are thinking that we should not go there for third time in a row. So, we will find out a alternative. Definitely we are ready to play in a neutral venue.”
The Tigers toured Pakistan during the year 2007-08. They played five One days with the host during that series. Whereas the Men in Green toured Bangladesh in 2011-12 first and last time they toured during 2015 after they got 3,25,000 Dollars from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) invited Bangladesh to their nation to play a twenty/20 series as a step to restart international cricket there after the terrorist attack on Sri lanka cricket team in 2009. But Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) refused with this proposal instead they agreed to send their other team the Bangladesh Hight Performance squad there.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime