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On Thursday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) wrote to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) officials to provide valid reasons for refusing to play the country’s Test matches.
PCB has sent an e-mail to BCB authorities, saying that Sri Lanka recently played Test matches in Pakistan and they had no trouble doing so, dawn.com reported. The board also told Bangladesh that since last December the series has been on the list of the ICC’s Future Tours Program (FTP).
The PCB has also written that after reviewing and authorizing security arrangements, the ICC is sending its officials to a country. Since 2017, five teams of match officials have been sent by the ICC to oversee the international fixtures held in Pakistan, the PCB said in the report.
“We received an email from the BCB on Tuesday and today (Thursday) we have responded to them. Obviously, this series is important to both the countries who need Test cricket. Besides, this is also part of the ICC World Test Championship, so the ICC is also a stakeholder in this,” PCB spokesperson said.
“In the past few years, we have demonstrated to the world that Pakistan is as safe and secure as any other cricket-playing country and we need to know what are the BCB’s reasons for not sending their players for an extended stay,” he added.
Previously, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, chief executive of BCB, said that their primary objective was to play T20s in Pakistan.
“Our primary proposal is to play three T20Is in a shorter period so that players and team management can do a proper assessment of the situation there,” ESPNcricinfo had quoted Chowdhury as saying.
“Pakistan will definitely try for the full return of international cricket to their country. We have to take into account the views of our players and members of our team management, who are foreigners,” he added.
Earlier, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani had said that on home soil, Pakistan should play all its matches.
“All of Pakistan’s matches, against Bangladesh or anyone else, will take place in Pakistan,” Mani had said.
If the government of Bangladesh approves Pakistan tour then after the 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lankan team, they will be the second nation to tour the country after Sri Lanka.
In 2009, as terrorists fired indiscriminately on their bus, the Sri Lankan team was on their way to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore for a test match with Pakistan. That attack killed eight people and wounded seven players and staff from Sri Lanka.