Bangladesh news April 27, 2017

BCB surprised by Pakistan tour cancellation


Bangladesh have not toured Pakistan last in 2007-08 © AFP

Pakistan's decision to call off their tour of Bangladesh in July and August has taken the BCB by surprise, though the board said it was yet to receive official communication from the PCB.

"We are really surprised. Even a month ago we knew that the tour was on," BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. "There was a discussion between both board chiefs during this week's ICC meeting in Dubai. This upcoming series was ours to host according to the FTP. In 2015 the two boards went into a deal that we will play two series for the following two years in Bangladesh.

"There was even a financial issue, which was dealt with at the time. They said they wanted to play here [in Bangladesh] till 2017. They wanted Bangladesh to play two T20s in Pakistan before continuing the series here. We don't want to play there. We want to stick to our schedule, which has the whole series being played in Bangladesh."

Yunus said the BCB had learned of the PCB's decision through the media. "If the series does get officially cancelled, we have to go into discussion with them. We have cleared the financial issues so there's no need to talk about those things now. We haven't heard anything from them in official correspondence. We heard it through the media that they want to cancel the tour."

Bangladesh last toured Pakistan in 2007-08, for a five-ODI series. Since then, Pakistan have toured Bangladesh twice, in 2011-12 and 2015. They PCB said it was cancelling this year's tour because Bangladesh had not reciprocated with a return visit.

If the tour is off, Bangladesh will have a break in July this year, because their next fixtures after the Champions Trophy in June is a proposed home series against Australia in late August.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Crictz on May 1, 2017, 17:21 GMT

    getsetgopk...BD had to cancel the trip because there was a court order not to sent the National team to Pakistan because of their safety..... No one is above the law and government cannot even change that! Know the fact first !

  • BanglaBandhu on May 1, 2017, 7:39 GMT

    Outgoing PCB president is probably just trying to make an impact to the local PAK fans. His tenure has seen PAK scandalised with match fixing, poor player performance and a diminished ODI ranking. So despite having a home series against BD in 2015 (they were given $315000 revenue) and also compensated for a cancelled tour due to PAK security issues, PCB, having agreed to tour BD upto 2017 in the FTP. They they tried to Get BD to tour unstable PAK outside of the FTP for only two T20s. BD wants to stick tot he FTP and even offered to play at a neutral venue. The PCB president is doing even more harm to his team.

  •   Misbah Mohammed on May 1, 2017, 7:30 GMT

    @ADY001 we wud gladly like to play pak in UAE. its your board that thinks playing WI is more profitable in UAE than BD. there are a million bangladeshis and we will attend the match. not those empty matches like against sri lanka & WI.

  • asHridoy on May 1, 2017, 7:25 GMT

    I don't get it! If Australia can visit Bangladesh, why can't Pakistan? Is this some kind of school game that you can play the way you like?

  • pyro13bd on April 30, 2017, 13:21 GMT

    Well Pakistan has not formally apologised to Bangladesh for the atrocities in 1971 so bending over backwards for Pakistan is out of the question.

  • ady001 on April 30, 2017, 12:46 GMT

    good decision by PCB. ungrateful Bangladesh should atleast offer to play at some neutral venue like Dubai. The security situation in Bangladesh is also not good.

  • HamzaSalman on April 30, 2017, 9:18 GMT

    Just reading the comments regarding Pakistan being "afraid" of the world-conquering Bangladeshis is worth it. Flash in the pan doesn't change the fact that Bangladesh overall is Pakistan's bunny in cricket. For those who think Pak was not instrumental in Bangladesh getting Test status, were you even following the happenings in 1999, when Dalmiya and PCB pushed hard for it?

  •   Chanakya007 on April 29, 2017, 19:37 GMT

    Wise decision by Pakistan. saved itself from another series defeat.

  • HDG1978 on April 29, 2017, 16:27 GMT

    Not surprised at Pakistan pulling out from a tour of the recently improved Bangladesh that thrashed them 3-0 in an ODI series in Bangladesh in 2015.Recollect Pakistan not agreeing to a tri-series involving WI in Zimbabwe in Sep'15 fearing disqualification for the 2017 CT in England by the then 30th September 2015 deadline.Pakistan even had their ODI leg of that 2015-16 tour of Zimbabwe pushed beyond that 30/9/15 deadline to ensure qualification at the expense of WI.Pakistan is no longer the dominant team it once was in the '90s. Sad but true.

  • HamzaSalman on April 29, 2017, 8:51 GMT

    Quoting: @CRICFAN20688740 Can Pakistan even dream to score near 600 runs against New Zealand in New Zealand in recent times ?"

    And losing? No.

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