Pakistan will win all three series against Bangladesh: Gul
Pakistan will win all three series against Bangladesh, said former Pakistan pace spearhead Umar Gul. However, he also had a note of caution for the hosts, as he thinks Pakistan will need to make sure they take Bangladesh very seriously if they are to avoid any shocks.
“Pakistan is a far better side in most formats although, in shorter formats, one can say that any side that plays well on the day will always win. I am sure Bangladesh, as they have shown many times before, will be tough opponents for Pakistan and the home side must guard against complacency,” said Gul
“However, given the strength of the Pakistan side and the home advantage that they will have, I have no doubt that Pakistan will win all three series against Bangladesh,” added the 35-year-old who last represented Pakistan in 2016 and has not been selected for the upcoming fifth season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Meanwhile, Gul also said the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) decision to tour Pakistan is a good and sensible one. The scheduling of the matches had to be adjusted to suit the BCB. But he said the wisdom of agreeing to hold the series was never in question.
“There is no two-ways about it as I feel that the decision by the BCB to tour Pakistan is a good and sensible one and really should not have required so much back and forth. We all saw how safe Pakistan is when the Sri Lanka side played a full series here and they were provided presidential security as well,” said Gul.
“I believe that as Asian countries we should all support each other when it comes to such matters, and I am happy that Bangladesh has done the same,” he added.
According to the announcement by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday, Bangladesh will play three T20Is, an ODI and two Tests in the country this year. The T20I series will be played from January 24-27 followed by the first Test from February 7 to 11.
The Tigers will then return to Pakistan in April for the one off ODI which will be played on April 3 and the second Test from April 5-9.