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Bangladesh leave for Lahore, Pakistan T20I series


Bangladeshi cricketers have left the country on Wednesday (January 22) for the three-match T20I series against Pakistan.

Bangladesh leave for Pakistan
Bangladesh team on the way to Pakistan by Chartered flight.

The Tigers flew for their destination Lahore from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at BST 8pm. Generally it takes more than 10 hours to reach Pakistan from Dhaka, as there is no direct flight to Lahore.

However, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) arranged a special chartered flight, which will take the cricketers to their destination in just 3.30 hours.

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Bangladesh cricketers thanked BCB for reducing all the complexities they would have to face otherwise.  At the same time they also said that their main concern is not security anymore, as Pakistan have already taken enough steps to ensure their safe stay in the country. Instead, they now want to shift their focus on the game itself.

Young all-rounder Mehedi Hasan told BDCricTime, “As professional cricketers we will have to adapt to any given circumstances. For everything has been fixed, we will now have to do well in the games.”He also thanked the board saying,

“We would have needed 10-11 hours had we taken normal flight. But the board has taken a great initiative for the safety of the crickerers. We are grateful to them for giving us such facilities.”

Including the national cricketers and coaching staff, a total of 35 members took the special flight from Bangladesh Biman on multiple entry visa.

Mahmudullah Riyad and Co. will take on Pakistan in the first T20I on January 24. All three matches of the series will be held in Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.

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