Bangladesh-Pakistan T20I series uncertain
In the middle of turmoils about Bangladesh’s constant denial to happen a Test tour to Pakistan and the later’s inflexible stand not to shift matches in any neutral venue, the scheduled T20I series between the countries has fallen under uncertainty.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board president said on Thursday that cricketer’s families are worried about the tour.
“The most important thing is that their families are worried,”
BCB president said.
“Those who have agreed said they would return within a week after playing T20s and that experience would help them consider whether to play longer versions in future,” he said further.
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani relentlessly denied to make alteration of venues outside Pakistan to make the Test series play. Mani lately seek concern of International Cricket Council in this regard.
PCB Chairman pointed out to the successful arrangement of Sri Lanka series and therefore announced they would no longer play their ‘home’ matches abroad.
Bangladesh are expected to play three T20Is in Lahore before a two-Test series against Pakistan.
BCB President Nazmul Hasan said the future of the tour will depend on having clearance from government security agencies.
It is reported that majority of the coaching staff and some of the star cricketers are not willing to travel Pakistan.
“It’s true that anything can happen anywhere, but concerns are certainly higher in Pakistan than in many other places,” the BCB president said.
“We will send a team if we can form one and if the cricketers and coaching staff agree,” he said.
Nazmul Hasan again urged Pakistan to reconsider their decision and shift the Test series in any neutral venue.
“But there are many things beyond security. How many days someone can be in an enclosed environment? You must consider the mental issues,” Nazmul said.
“There can be another option – rescheduling matches. If that doesn’t happen and it becomes an extreme case, there may arbitration or something like this. Let’s see,” he added.