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PCB conditions not realistic - BCB

Abdur Razzak celebrates the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez ICC

The BCB's cricket operations chairman Naimur Rahman has said that the conditions put forward by the PCB over Pakistan's possible tour of Bangladesh are "not realistic", but is hopeful that the series will go ahead. Though Naimur said that the demand placed on the BCB was unprecedented, he felt that the two boards might be able to find some middle ground.

"I feel that you cannot go on a tour by giving conditions," Naimur said. "It has to be done with mutual cooperation. I have never heard a country asking for a share of the tour revenue from their hosts. It is not realistic."

The PCB had demanded 50% of the revenue from the BCB, as well as an exchange of the Under-19s and A-team tours. The board said that unless Bangladesh agreed to their terms in writing, they would not give the BCB an assurance of the tour which consists of two Tests, three ODIs and a T20 between April 10 and May 7.

"The BCB may or may not give them concession. Or there might be something down the middle. But I am hopeful that the Pakistan tour will take place. We have had discussions about it in the board meeting. We are also in discussion with the PCB, but no final decision has been taken."

The CEOs of the two boards are expected to meet on the sidelines of an ICC meeting in Dubai.