BCB gets government clearance only for ‘short’ tour of Pakistan


Little has changed following a BCB meeting on Sunday that was expected to throw up a final decision on Bangladesh’s proposed tour of Pakistan. At a media briefing in Dhaka after the meeting, BCB chief Nazmul Hassan said the government had told the board it can go ahead with a tour of Pakistan but keep it “short” due to the Iran-US tensions.

This essentially means Bangladesh can play a T20I series but not Tests, which was the same line that the BCB had taken in December.

The BCB will now speak to the PCB about its decision. “We are clear cut, but let’s see how they react,” Hassan said. “As far as security is concerned, T20 is a better option.

“They should be happy that we still want to go to play T20s. We just wanted rescheduling [of the Tests], not saying we won’t tour.”

“This is the best thing we can offer to Pakistan.”

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