Bangladesh’s high-performance team to visit Pakistan, says Shahryar Khan

Shahryar Khan

Shahryar Khan, the PCB chairman, has said that the Bangladesh Cricket Board  (BCB) has agreed to send a high-performance side to Pakistan later this year, but the exact dates for the tour haven’t been decided yet. He also added that Sri Lanka is being considered as the venue for Pakistan’s home series against Bangladesh.

Khan, who was in Colombo to participate in an informal meeting with the chiefs of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricket, is hopeful of top-level cricket returning to Pakistan.

“Bangladesh is agreeable to send its high-performance team to Pakistan, which is a big step,” Shaharyar said. “They will play in Pakistan against our high-performance team. As regards to the national team, they are not yet ready to come to Pakistan but we could play either in Bangladesh or in a third country, which is acceptable to both sides, or we could even do it in Sri Lanka.

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“I think this time around the ICC wants [the high-performance teams] to play in July, but we will finalise the actual dates later. Neutral venue [for the senior teams’ series] is a possibility. These days, Dubai is our neutral venue but it’s very expensive. So we might play in Sri Lanka, if they are free at that time.”

On Friday (March 31), 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.

Pakistan is scheduled to tour Bangladesh in July and August this year, but Shaharyar said the financial side of things are not yet settled.

“Yes in July-August. We also have to agree on a financial model because this is the third time that Pakistan is playing Bangladesh in Bangladesh, which becomes a bit lop-sided. I am assured that once we are able to have the two high-performance teams coming, the next time around the Bangladesh cricket team will come to Pakistan.” he said.

The PCB is seeking a part of the revenue that will be generated from their forthcoming visit to Bangladesh since Pakistan will be on their third consecutive tour of Bangladesh since 2011.

“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.”

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