Published: Tue, January 14, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bangladesh to tour Pakistan in three instalments

Bangladesh to tour Pakistan in three instalments

Pakistan's series with Bangladesh has been confirmed after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managed to convince its Bangladeshi counterpart to tour the country.

Pakistan on Tuesday announced Bangladesh will visit for three Twenty20s, a one-day global and two Tests across three trips, starting later this month.

The Dubai meeting comes after BB refused to play the full Test series in Pakistan later this month, saying they will only tour the country to play three T20Is. The Asian nation will return to Pakistan to play the first Test, starting on February 7. They will visit again to play an ODI in Karachi on 3 April and the second Test from 5-9 April.

Bangladesh will play two Tests, one ODI and three T20Is in Pakistan - though the matches will be split across three legs. Pakistan's players then will partake in the Pakistan Super League.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: "I am pleased that we have amicably achieved a resolution that is in the best interest of this great sport as well as both the proud cricket playing countries".

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PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, who also attended Tuesday's meeting at the ICC headquarters, said: "It is a win-win outcome for both the boards".

"PCB officials today reached consensus with the BCB on the upcoming series and the process was facilitated by the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar in Dubai", a PCB statement said.

"A lot of people still want see Chris Gayle out there in the middle", Gayle said in Bangladesh, where he is playing T20 cricket against the likes of Shane Watson and Andre Russell.

The 40-year-old, who is now playing in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Chattogram Challengers was replying to a reporters query in Dhaka, who asked him whether Pakistan was a safe country for cricket.

Chairman PCB Ehsan Mani, had already stated that Pakistan would no longer look for neutral venues to stage their home global matches and that he expected opposition sides to tour Pakistan.

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