BCB, PCB chiefs to meet in Dubai

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 15:52, Jan 13, 2020 | Updated : 15:55, Jan 13, 2020

(L) Ehsan Mani and Nazmul HassanBangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan would be meeting his Pakistani counterpart Ehsan Mani in Dubai this week.

The meeting would take place on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Governance Review Committee meeting, following which the PCB will provide further updates on Bangladesh men’s national cricket team’s upcoming tour to Pakistan, said a PCB press release.

The Dubai meeting is a continuation of the discussion process, which PCB has followed to reach a consensus with BCB on its national men’s cricket team’s tour itinerary.

On Sunday (Jan 12), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced their decision of playing three T20 internationals in Pakistan and skip the two-match Test series.

Announcing the decision, BCB President Nazmul Hassan said, Due to the ongoing tension in the Middle East, the government is not allowing for a long tour in Pakistan. We want to only play T20s. We have been informed by the government. The Pakistan Cricket Board has been informed."

He, however, said the "final decision will come afterwards.”

Arguing for a short tour in Pakistan, the BCB chief said, “We want to assess the security situation during the T-20 series. It may boost the cricketers' confidence [to play in Pakistan].”

Recently, Sri Lanka became the first team to play Test cricket in Pakistan since 2009. That tour was always going to be in two parts, with the Tests first and then the white-ball matches. But the PCB swapped the formats around, with many major Sri Lanka players expressing their apprehension about touring, and the limited-overs matches were played first, in October. Once that tour was conducted without incident, Sri Lanka agreed to tour in December for a two-Test series with their first-choice players.