Pakistan is scheduled to host Bangladesh Men's team for a two-match Test and three T20Is series as part of the ICC Future Tours Program, but a cloud of uncertainty hovers over this tour.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to make a decision for the proposed tour in January 2020.
BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the tour is hinging on discussions between the boards and International Cricket Council (ICC) before reaching any decision.
BCB CEO informed that a security delegation from Bangladesh government visited Pakistan for security assessment and said they are yet to assess those reports from the Bangladesh High Commission and the security contingent.
“A government representative team visited Pakistan recently and based on their tour, we have sent our Bangladesh U-16 and national women’s team to tour Pakistan. However the factors of the men’s national team and others [age-level and women’s team] differ,” said Nizamuddin to the media.
Nizamuddin has shared many reservations that put the tour in jeopardy. Sri Lanka's men team tour in October for three ODIs and three T20Is warded off doubts over security arrangements in Pakistan as the trip went smoothly without any turbulence.
Bangladesh women's national cricket team is currently on tour of Pakistan and is gearing up for the ODI series after Pakistan clean-swept with a staggering 3-0 in the T20I series in Lahore.
If the men's team do not tour in January then it might create a dilemma for BCB as it will be construed as setting different standards for men and women cricket.
“We will look into the report from Bangladesh High Commission and from the team that has done the security assessment. We also need to speak to ICC because they sent a separate team to assess conditions because they have to assign match officials. We have to discuss with everyone before making a decision,” the BCB official added.