Bangladesh agree for T20I series in Pakistan but refuse to play Tests

Sport360 staff 12:40 19/12/2019
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have agreed to play a T20 series in Pakistan but have turned down the offer to play a two-match Test series in the country in January, 2020.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive, Wasim Khan, stated that he had written to the BCB asking them to outline the reasons for not wanting to play Tests in Pakistan.

Wasim also said that PCB are firm in their stance of hosting all home Tests only in Pakistan and that playing in another country is not an option.

“The BCB have informed us that they would like to play three T20 matches in Pakistan but for now they don’t want to play Test matches,” he said. “They’re talking about playing T20Is but for us, playing Test cricket in another country isn’t an option.”

For the first time in ten years , Test cricket returned to Pakistan with the Sri Lankan team currently playing a two-Test series against Azhar Ali’s team.

The Marylebone Cricket Club has also said that it will send a squad to Pakistan in February next year to play in a few matches under the captaincy of its current president Kumar Sangakkara.

Pakistan have also convinced Cricket South Africa to play a three-match T20I series in March, 2020.

“The ICC has accepted our security plan and arrangements but we are still in touch with the BCB officials and will sort this out, ” added Wasim Khan.

The BCB top officials have said they want to first play T20 matches in Pakistan before deciding on playing a Test series.

Sri Lanka did something similar as they sent a second-string squad to play three ODIs and three T20 matches in September-October before agreeing for a two-Test series, part of the ICC World Championship, in Pakistan.

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