Bangladesh not very keen not touring Pakistan in future, says BCB President

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The bilateral cricketing ties between the PCB and BCB continues to worsen following the former’s decision to postpone their senior team’s scheduled visit to Bangladesh in July. The BCB chief Nazmul Hassan has categorically ruled out any possibility of sending High Performance or Under-19 team to Pakistan and said alternative arrangements are being made.

“We haven’t spoken about going to Pakistan since we heard their decision from the media,” Hassan said according to ESPNCricinfo.

“The national team [touring Pakistan] is out of the question. Our HP or U-19 [teams] might have gone there but when they made this announcement [of postponing the Bangladesh tour] we are no longer in talks. After this, there is no question of talking about the HP tour.

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“They will go elsewhere. We have confirmed programs with New Zealand and England. We are in talks with two more countries. Within a couple of months, we will be releasing the specific schedules. Many of these series will be held at home.”

Earlier, Bangladesh had refused to tour Pakistan for a proposed two-match T20I series following the ICC Champions Trophy in June this year, citing security reasons for not visiting the country. In response, the PCB called off its proposed tour to Bangladesh, mentioning financial side of things. Pakistan were scheduled to visit Bangladesh for two Tests, three ODIs, and one T20I in July-August this year.

With Pakistan’s visit now scrapped, the BCB want its players to rest so they can be fit and ready for the home series against Australia in August-September, which will be followed by Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa in September-October.

“I think we can rest our players during that time,” Hassan said according to ESPNCricinfo. “Our boys are playing a lot these days. From Champions Trophy they’ll come home, play against Australia and then head off to South Africa. From there, they will come home and start with the BPL, and then they have more cricket.

“I am not too keen about the Pakistan tour. But if we need to play [in that time], we have four or five countries lined up to play against Bangladesh. It won’t be hard to arrange matches, but right now we are not really keen on filling that gap either.”

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