Pakistan reject proposal to split tests with Bangladesh
The national cricket boards of Pakistan and Bangladesh are at odds over their forthcoming bilateral series, with the latter so far unwilling to confirm two test matches in Pakistan.
Bangladesh are due to tour Pakistan from 18 January for three Twenty20 internationals and two tests.
However, it is reported that, given that Pakistan have only recently resumed hosting major series, the Bangladesh Cricket Board wants to see how the T20 series pans out on the security front before committing to the tests.
A BCB proposal for one test to be played in Pakistan and one in Dhaka, in Bangladesh, has been rebuffed by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
The two matches are due to form part of the new World Test Championship involving cricket’s top countries, and the PCB is insistent they are played on its soil.
An official from the PCB is quoted by PTI saying: “It is strange that the BCB wants Pakistan to play a test in Bangladesh in return.”
The person added: “Privately the proposal to have one Test in Pakistan and one in Bangladesh has been floated, but has been rejected.”
Last month, Pakistan hosted and won a two-match test series against Sri Lanka, the first games in the format played in the country for over a decade.
Pakistan became a no-go area for other international teams after Sri Lanka’s players were targeted in a terrorist attack in Lahore in 2009. However, the security situation has improved of late, and the PCB is hopeful that other sides will be willing to visit in the coming years.
Last week, the PCB announced the four host cities, all in Pakistan, for the fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League, the country’s Twenty20 competition.
The 34 matches will take place in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan from 20 February to 22 March.
For security reasons, previous editions of the PSL have been held entirely or largely in the United Arab Emirates, but the PCB was determined that the whole competition be played in Pakistan this year,
The six teams have attracted 36 foreign players including Dale Steyn of South Africa, Alex Hales and Chris Jordan of England and Chris Lynn and Ben Cutting of Australia.