Bangladesh Head Coach ready to tour Pakistan
Head Coach of Bangladesh Russell Domingo said he is ready to visit Pakistan if the Bangladesh Government and cricket board have clearance on the tour. While Domingo gave his approval of the tour in a New Age Bangladesh telephone interview, he also reported that there were concerns from some coaching staff members.
“Some [team members] just don’t feel they want to go. But I’m going to go if we have to, ‘’Domingo said. “If the team has the confidence to go, I will go. We will have to talk with the cricket board and the board will determine what will next happen. ”
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been striving hard to bring international cricket back to the country. Since the deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009, Pakistan fans and the cricket board have worked tirelessly to regain the confidence of the foreign teams.
After the attack, Pakistan lost its hosting rights for the ICC World Cup 2011 and Champions Trophy 2009. However, the authorities within the board strived hard to take some steps in order to bring the international cricket back to the country.
The PCB hosted many tours that were not of international status but they still made pathways for the teams in the future to tour Pakistan. An international XI team led by Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka visited Pakistan in 2012 and the fans were rejoiced to see some international stars back in their country.
But it took more than 3 years after that tour for Pakistan to finally host an international match. In 2015, after so many ifs and buts, the Zimbabwe Cricket Board decided to send its international side to Pakistan for a tour of 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is.
The Zimbabwe cricket team had some known names like Hamilton Masakadza, Brendon Taylor, Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams. Elton Chigumbura was also part of the strong Zimbabwe side.
The tour went successfully but still, it wasn’t enough to convince the top international sides to come and play in Pakistan once again. In 2016, the idea of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was finally implemented but the much-celebrated league was scheduled in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Soon, after the completion of the first edition of the PSL, the PCB realized that it would be a massive step in the right direction if they get to host a couple of PSL matches in Pakistan.
It was kind of success that the PCB managed to host the final of the 2nd edition of the PSL in Lahore. But as usual, some of the top foreign players of Quetta Gladiators refused to play in Pakistan. However, the star-studded side of Peshawar Zalmi was full of their original squad playing in Pakistan.
The PSL is now completely coming to Pakistan but still, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has not confirmed their availability for the away series scheduled in Pakistan this month. After hosted Sri Lanka for a successful Test series last year and the reports suggest that the Bangladesh players and some of the people in the management are hesitant to tour Pakistan.