Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has refused to play a two-match Test series in Pakistan and still adamant on touring Pakistan only for the Twenty20 International (T20I) series.
While speaking to journalists after a board meeting in Dhaka, the BCB President Nazmul Hasan said “We are clear cut, but let’s see how they react. As far as security is concerned, T20 is a better option,” Hasan said. “They [PCB] 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.”
However, the board president had already confirmed that senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim opted out of the tour. “Mushfiqur never showed any interest in touring Pakistan. The other players said that they wanted a short tour. We have informed PCB about our players’ consent,” he said. “We won’t get most of our coaches, but our head coach is ready if it is a short tour [T20I series].”
Reacting to the latest development, the PCB’s spokesperson said that the board will reply to BCB after receiving a formal response from them. However, the board’s spokesperson added that anything less than a two-match Test series is not acceptable to PCB.
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17 November, 2019