Pak wants Tests only if not T20s

BCB mulls new proposal, decision likely today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:29, Jan 08,2020


Nazmul Hasan

The Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan on Wednesday said that they received a new proposal from the Pakistan Cricket Board to play two Tests instead of three Twenty20 internationals in their upcoming tour.

‘We asked them to play Twenty20s but today [Wednesday] they proposed us to play Test matches,’ Nazmul told reporters in Mirpur.

‘We informed them that we wanted to play three Twenty20s first and return back home. We told them that we might tour Pakistan later to play the Tests if we manage to reschedule the tour.

‘But they are more interested in hosting Tests as it is part of ICC Test Championship. They said they have no problem of hosting three Twenty20s later on,’ he added.

According to Future Tour Programme of the International Cricket Council, Bangladesh are scheduled to tour Pakistan in January-February for a three-match Twenty20 series and two-match Test series.

The BCB said it has agreed for only a short visit in late January to play three Twenty20s and requested its Pakistani counterpart to host the two Test matches in neutral venues or sometime later.

However, the PCB was adamant to their decision of hosting both the series until they came up with new plan and made a new proposal to Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Nazmul confirmed that they will announce their final decision about touring Pakistan today.

‘We are yet to make final decision on that. I hope we will take the final decision tomorrow [today]. ‘We also informed the PCB that we will take final decision tomorrow [today],’ he said.

The BCB boss also confirmed that the PCB inquired about the players’ registration for Pakistan Super League draft.

A number of Bangladeshi players registered in PSL players’ draft last month despite knowing that it would be held in Pakistan although no player got picked from the draft.

‘The PCB asked us how our most of the national players agreed and registered for PSL in Pakistan for 35 days if they don’t want to stay long in Pakistan,’ he said.

Nazmul said they were more worried about the Test Championship results and would be happier to send the team to Pakistan for one-off Test.

‘We are still unaware what will happen in Test Championship results if we don’t tour Pakistan,’ he said.

‘If we play one Test then it will take less amount of time of playing a Twenty20 series. If we want to play a T20 series it will take us seven days and we can complete one-off Test series within six days, five match-day and one travel day. We are not saying we won’t play there [Test] but our duration has to be short,’ he added.

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