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Bangladesh consider possibility of split series with Pakistan
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Bangladesh consider possibility of split series with Pakistan

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is mulling over the idea of playing a split series with Pakistan as it awaits permission from the government to tour the country.

Bangladesh is slated to tour Pakistan for three T20Is and two Test matches in January next year but doubts persist regarding the willingness of the BCB to send its team to the South Asian nation.

The BCB has already received a draft itinerary of the proposed tour, though Bangladesh is yet to get a green signal from the incumbent government.

"We may ask Pakistan to split the Test and T20I series. The issue of day-night Tests will be decided later because it depends on the government’s security report and whether we will tour Pakistan or not," BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

"If we don’t get the green signal for some reason then we have to discuss playing at a neutral venue. If we get the green signal then it’s different," he added.

The BCB has indicated it would be interested in playing the Test series at a neutral venue like the United Arab Emirates, taking into account the logistical challenges faced by the players amidst top-level security arrangements.

There is a rising sentiment that the length of the Test series, part of the World Test Championship, could possibly be mentally exhausting for the touring party amidst tight security rules in Pakistan.

Bangladesh's women team had recently visited Pakistan in October to partake in a three-match T20I and two-match ODI series. Subsequently, the BCB sent a delegation to conduct a security assessment though their report has thus far not been passed on to the relevant authorities.

Akram emphasised that Sri Lanka's ongoing historic Test tour of Pakistan will have no bearing on their final decision on the forthcoming series.

Sri Lanka will take on Pakistan in the first game at Rawalpindi's Cricket Stadium on December 11 to mark an end to a decade-long drought of Test cricket in the country.