Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said on Sunday that they are ready to play only three Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan in their upcoming tour as the government is reluctant to provide security clearance for a prolonged period due to the prevailing unrest in the Middle-East.
BCB cleared their stance after Nazmul chaired a four-hour long board meeting at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium where they discussed several things though most of their time was devoted in taking a final decision on their upcoming tour of Pakistan.
BCB president Nazmul informed that they had already conveyed the decision about their stance verbally to their counterparts and soon they will be sending an official letter in this regard.
Recently, PCB proposed BCB to play the two-match Test series first and return later to take part in the three-match T20I series in a convenient time, precisely ahead of the next T20 World Cup. Prior to that, PCB stated that they were not willing to host their home series elsewhere after the BCB proposed a split series since they didn’t want the players to stay for a longer period of time in Pakistan.
The BCB boss insisted that they are skeptical about the situation in the middle east which essentially also rules out the possibility of Bangladesh playing the Test series in the UAE anytime soon which they were keen on doing earlier.
“Considering the recent unrest that is prevailing in the Middle East we can only have a short trip to Pakistan and so we decided to play only three T20 matches during our first visit to Pakistan,” Nazmul told reporters at the BCB premises.
“We will play the Test series against Pakistan at some other point of time when everything gets ok in the middle-east region. It was a difficult decision to tour Pakistan considering everything but still we decided to go there now only to prove that we want resumption of international cricket in Pakistan,” he further added stating that they are well aware of the need to take part in the series considering it is a part of the ICC Test Championship and not just another bilateral Test series played between two nations.