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Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo prepared to tour Pakistan
Bangladesh Tour of Pakistan

Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo prepared to tour Pakistan

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has dismissed concerns over travelling to Pakistan provided that the Bangladesh Cricket Board sends its national side for the tour.

Bangladesh are scheduled to tour Pakistan later this month to play three T20Is and two Test matches but a cloud of uncertainty hovers over the fate of the upcoming series.

The BCB has approached the Pakistan Cricket Board regarding the possibility of conducting the Tests at a neutral venue.

Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, argued that the stringent security measures over an extended period of time would cause the players to suffer from mental exhaustion.

They are willing to play only the T20Is in Pakistan, though reports have emerged of several Bangladesh players expressing reservations over the limited-overs leg of the tour as well.

Domingo, meanwhile, confirmed he would be ready to accompany his side if they receive the green signal from the Bangladesh government.

"If we have to, then I am going," Domingo told New Age in an interview.

"I think we can only discuss the matter once the decision is made. We need to discuss with the cricket board and the board will decide what will happen next."

The PCB has recently stepped up its efforts to resume full-scale international cricket in the country after hosting Sri Lanka for the historic two-match Test series.

Last month, PCB chairman Ehsan Mani took a hard line on Bangladesh's reluctance to tour and said the matches "against Bangladesh or anyone else, will take place in Pakistan".

His views were shared by Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, who believed their refusal to play Tests in the country would be a "huge disappointment".