DHAKA: Bangladesh is ready to play Twenty20 Internationals in Pakistan next month, but the test series must be played at a neutral venue, said Nizamuddin Chowdhury, chief executive of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
After a decade of a two-test series against Sri Lanka earlier this month, test cricket returned to Pakistan.
Rawalpindi and Karachi hosted the first home soil tests by Pakistan since a terrorist strike on team bus from Sri Lanka in Lahore in 2009.
Enthused by the series ‘ smooth scheduling, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) declared that its squad would no longer play their’ home’ matches overseas, as was the tradition of playing teams shunning the country citing security concerns.
Notwithstanding the argument of PCB, Bangladesh remains wary of long-term touring Pakistan, Chowdhury told the Daily Star newspaper.
“We’re standing firm on our ground. We just want to watch T20Is in Pakistan, “said the BCB CEO.
“Series-related owners don’t want us in Pakistan to play longer-version cricket,” Nizamuddin said.
Bangladesh is expected to play three Twenty20 Internationals in Lahore ahead of a two-test series against Pakistan that ended Monday’s 1-0 series victory over Sri Lanka.
“We don’t have any other choice here. We should play the T20Is, but it should be in a neutral venue if we are to play tests, “said Nizamuddin.
Chairman of the PCB, Ehsan Mani, indicated that the matter should be discussed with the ruling International Cricket Council if Bangladesh fails to play in Pakistan.
“No one should be mistaken as to where the home tests of Pakistan are going to take place,” Mani told reporters on Monday.
“All Pakistan matches will take place in Pakistan, against Bangladesh or anyone else.
EOLBREAK” I still hope that the BCB will reflect on this issue and accept that there is no reason why they should not visit Pakistan.