BCB spend astonishing amount for chartered flight
Bangladeshi cricketers have left the country at 8pm BST on Wednesday (January 22) for the three-match T20I series against Pakistan. But instead of taking any normal flight, they opted for a special chartered one.
Including the national cricketers and coaching staff, a total of 35 members took the special flight from Bangladesh Biman on multiple entry visa.
There had been a lot of confusion on the future of Bangladesh’s tour to Pakistan. At one point it seemed like the the tour might be canceled. But eventually it stayed, but on a never-seen-before condition: it would take place in three split parts.
The first part will include three T20Is in Lahore, with the first one scheduled for January 24.
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.
Tigers will fly back home on January 28 after the completion of the T20I series. It has yet to be decided if they will be provided a chartered flight for the return journey as well.
Bangladesh will have to travel Pakistan twice more in February and April. It is quite understandable that the BCB will have to spend a lot of money if they decide to arrange chartered flights for those travels also.