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'We only want to play T20Is in Pakistan' - BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury
Bangladesh Tour of Pakistan

'We only want to play T20Is in Pakistan' - BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury

Bangladesh have maintained they are unwilling to play the upcoming Test series in Pakistan and will tour the country for just the T20Is.

BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury reiterated Bangladesh would be keen on playing the Tests at a neutral venue despite PCB chairman Ehsan Mani recently declaring that Pakistan will host all its home matches within the country.

“We stand firm on our ground. We only want to play T20Is in Pakistan. The stakeholders related to the series do not want us to play longer-version cricket in Pakistan,” Nizamuddin was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

Bangladesh is scheduled to play three T20Is and two Tests against Pakistan in January-February but the apparent disagreement between the two boards casts doubts over the series.

Test cricket finally made a return to Pakistan after a decade with the completion of the two games against Sri Lanka earlier this month.

Despite the successful Sri Lanka tour, BCB continues to hold reservations regarding the mental exhaustion caused by strict security arrangments during the five-day fixtures.

“Actually, we have no other option here. We can play the T20Is but if we are to play Tests then it should be in a neutral venue," Nizamuddin added.

This proposal has not been received warmly by the PCB as indicated by Mani's firm stance on shunning the idea of neutral venues for Pakistan's home games - a practice introduced in the aftermath of the militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009.

"All of Pakistan's matches, against Bangladesh or anyone else, will take place in Pakistan,” he had said on Monday.

Mani's sentiments have been echoed by Pakistan head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and Test skipper Azhar Ali.