Bangladesh return home safely
Bangladesh players have returned home safely after finishing their first phrase of Pakistan tour where they played a three-match T20I series in Lahore.
The team arrived Dhaka at early hours of Tuesday (28th January) by a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight. The special direct flight from Lahore to Dhaka landed at 2.30 am.
Bangladesh could not manage a win in the tour as they lost the series 0-2 to the hosts with the last match being abandoned without a ball being bowled. Heavy rainfall led to cancelling the third T20I. The management decided to return home earlier.
The first T20I between the two sides were close. Pakistan chased down a target of 143 in the last over with 5 wickets in hand. However, the second T20I on the next day was complete domination by Pakistan. Skipper Babar Azam and veteran Mohammad Hafeez’s fifties guided Pakistan to a nine-wicket victory.
Bangladesh players and support stuffs were amidst high security in Pakistan after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) assured the tourists of ‘Presidential’ security level.
The Tigers will stay in Bangladesh for about another ten days before the leave for Pakistan again for the first Test. Rawalpindi will host the match on February 7-11. Bangladesh will tour again in April, for one-off ODI and the second Test. The Test series is a part of World Test Championship.
The players could take part in Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), a franchise-based first-class tournament, to prepare for Rawalpindi Test.