There have been many ifs and buts regarding Bangladesh’s tour to Pakistan for a series of Tests and T20Is. The recent proceedings are also not indicating anything clearly because the latest reports suggest that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) wants to play one of the Test matches of the series in Bangladesh.
It is kind of a strange idea since the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is hosting this series and the official hosting rights of the series are with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). For obvious reasons, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has rejected any such idea.
On the other side, the chief of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Nizamuddin Chowdhury said that there’s no such idea in his information right now.
He also went on to said that the current focus of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is on sending the team to Pakistan for a series of three T20Is and they would like to take the decision on Test matches after the conclusion of the T20I series.
It is safe to say that the current situation is causing confusion everywhere because the BCB is not coming up with any clear stance and according to the PCB; the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has no clear reason for not touring Pakistan.
The Sri Lankan Cricket team toured Pakistan recently for a successful Test and T20I series, I don’t see any reason why the Bangladesh Cricket team can’t come and play here.” said the Chairman of the PCB Ehsan Mani.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been striving hard to bring international cricket back to the country. After the deadliest terror attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket team in 2009, the doors of international cricket were closed on Pakistan.
Pakistan had lost home cricket for almost a decade. There were no cricketing or sporting activities in Pakistan for almost four years after that attack.
However, with the tireless efforts of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the continuous support of the fans, the country finally hosted international cricket in 2015 against Zimbabwe.
But it wasn’t enough because the top teams of the world were still very reluctant about sending their players to Pakistan. Slowly and steadily, with the help of hosting the Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Pakistan, the Cricket board finally earned the trust of the overseas players.
Foreign teams started touring Pakistan for different short series’ and in 2017; Pakistan also hosted a star-studded team of World XI for a series of three T20Is at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.
Sri Lanka completes a successful Pakistan tour:
The Sri Lankan Cricket team once again toured Pakistan recently for a series of three T20Is and 3 ODIs and they came back with a full-strength side for the Test series in December 2019.
Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne regretted not coming for the T20Is and ODIs. The same team which was attacked in 2009 came back to support their friend country in need.
The Pakistan fans were in awe of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board and the players who came back to Pakistan and helped in resuming international cricket in the country.
The Rawalpindi Test on the 11th of December was the first Test match hosted by Pakistan after the incomplete Test match at the Gaddafi Stadium Lahore in 2009.