Bangladesh turn down invitation to tour Pakistan for T20I

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According to the reports on Friday (March 31), the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have refused to tour Pakistan for a proposed two-match T20I series following the ICC Champions Trophy in June this year, but have agreed to play the two matches at a neutral venue.

As a move to bring international cricket back to the country, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had invited the Bangladesh team after they had successfully hosted the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Lahore recently, which was also attended by Major AKM Anisud Dowla, a Bangladesh representative.

On Friday, the BCB’s media & communication committee chairman, Jalal Yonis told Dhaka Tribune that, “the reports were not satisfactory enough due to which we had to pull back.”

Earlier, the PCB chairman Shahryar Khan had admitted that the response from the international cricket teams hasn’t been positive despite the trouble-free conduct of the PSL final in Lahore earlier this month. Pakistan is scheduled to tour Bangladesh later this year and the PCB is seeking a part of the revenue that will be generated from their tour.

“We want to host Bangladesh but its chances are not bright,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan had said recently.

“Some of our friends think they may tour but I feel they will not because of political concerns more than security concerns. But during ICC meeting I will speak to my Bangladesh counterpart and may re-negotiate our tour to Bangladesh this year and ask them to compensate us for not touring Pakistan.”

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“We have been to Bangladesh in 2015 while they have not visited us since 2008, so we are thinking about asking them for some compensation as this year’s series we are the hosts according to our agreement,” Shaharyar had said recently. “We may ask them to compensate us financially if they want us to tour in July-August this year.”

Shahryar also plans to have separate meetings with the Indian and Bangladeshi cricket officials during the forthcoming ICC meeting in April in order to discuss bilateral relations.

“Even in the meeting itself we intend to push the issue of India not honouring their MoU they signed with us in 2014 to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.” he said.

Khan also added that he would like to meet Giles Clark, the head of the ICC’s Pakistan task force, in order to discuss the revival of international cricket in the country and possible World XI tour.

Since the infamous attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, the country is yet to host a Test playing nation for a series apart from Zimbabwe, who visited in 2015 for a brief limited-overs series. Bangladesh are the fourth team — after West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka — to reject traveling to Pakistan due to security issues.

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