Bangladesh won’t play Test series in Pakistan- BCB President
There has been a speculation going on in Bangladesh about the Pakistan tour alongside Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) 2019. Will Bangladesh national cricket team travel to Pakistan after BPL? And despite that, will the Tigers play a full tour – T20 and Tests? Or will just one of the series happen?
All such questions were gradually getting around the stalks. The situation was further compounded by the reversal of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive and the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Yet the final decision is in the hands of Bangladesh. And that’s what BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon said on Thursday.
Before the second phase of the BPL in Dhaka on Friday, the President appeared before the board. He also spoke to two national team players, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad. Later, after talks with the board directors, he made it clear through the news, “Bangladesh will not play Test series in Pakistan for a while.”
But will Bangladesh going to play the Twenty20 series? Against this question, Papon’s explanation and answer,
“The green signal from various government agencies as well as who will not be among the cricketers, how the team will be and if we can build a fairly strong team – after that there will be a question of playing the T20 series.”
BCB President said that the board was in a positive position on security issues considering the recent situation in Pakistan. As a result, they had interest in playing a three-match T20 series for seven days. But the BCB president had been skeptical about whether this would be possible.
Because almost everyone on the coaching staff had been reluctant to visit Pakistan. Nazmul Hassan did not insist that even all the regular players would be available for the series. However, his words were clear, if not all of the regular players would be available, Bangladesh will play the T20 series in Pakistan with a medium strong team.
After deciding not to play Test series, he added, “In the security issue, we first looked at the security measures taken by Pakistan. From what we know, it seems that Pakistan’s security system is okay. Our women’s team has played there, under-16 team also visited there, I’ve talked to them. None of them questioned the security measures.”
“We have all the news. There is no doubt about the security measures taken by Pakistan. But the question is elsewhere. We are seeing if the players and coaching staff can actually go? I’ve talked a long time ago. The coaching staff did not do the bulk of the work. They won’t go and no one wants to stay in Pakistan for a long time.”