'We were not put under pressure to tour Pakistan' - Salma
Bangladesh Women's team captain Salma Khatun has said that the team had readily agreed to tour Pakistan after the BCB had asked them for their approval earlier this month. She said the team is focused on playing cricket in Pakistan rather than the security concerns off the field.
"We were not put under any pressure to play in Pakistan," Salma said. "We are going according to our wishes. We will be given the highest level of security. We are going there to play cricket, so we are not concerned about what is happening anywhere else in the country."
Salma also stressed that they have been assured the highest level of security during the nine-day visit, and that their lack of international cricket in the last 12 months meant they were keen to play the series.
"The board wanted to know our decision, whether we want to or don't want to go. We wanted to tour any country to play cricket, since we haven't played any matches since the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon. There is no fear among us. We know that there won't be any trouble in the area where we will be playing."
The team will leave Dhaka for Karachi at 1.35pm on Monday afternoon and will stay at the Southend Cricket Club in Karachi. Bangladesh Women will take on Pakistan Women there in two T20s on September 30 and October 2, before playing two one-day matches on October 4 and 6. The team will return home on October 7.
In addition to BCB vice-president Mahbubul Anam and women's wing chairman MA Awal, former Bangladesh captain Shafiq-ul-Haq will accompany the team in what is seen as a high-profile tour.
Haq had been the manager on the men's tour on a number of occasions, most notably their last tour to Pakistan. He said that if the team members want, they can even venture outside the Southend Club with adequate security measures.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84