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PCB, BCB officials to meet in Dubai to discuss Bangladesh tour of Pakistan
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PCB, BCB officials to meet in Dubai to discuss Bangladesh tour of Pakistan

Senior officials from the Pakistan and Bangladesh cricket boards will meet in Dubai this week to discuss the future of the upcoming Bangladesh tour of Pakistan.

A press release from the PCB stated that chairman Ehsan Mani will interact with BCB president Nazmul Hassan on the sidelines of the ICC Governance Review Committee meeting to reach an agreement.

Further updates will be given subsequently with regards to BCB's position on the tour though Nazmul recently reiterated Bangladesh would visit Pakistan only for the T20Is.

"The Dubai meeting is a continuation of the discussion process, which the PCB has followed to reach a consensus with the BCB on its national men’s cricket team’s tour itinerary," the PCB's statement read.

The PCB is adamant on its stance of conducting the two Test matches, part of the series schedule, in Pakistan given the trouble-free Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan.

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However, the BCB has received permission from its government to make the trip to the South Asian nation just for the T20Is with the relevant authorities asking them to keep the tour as brief as possible.

“Directives from the government is to go for a short tour to Pakistan at this moment. We are always with Pakistan’s initiative to revive international cricket there but at this moment it’s not possible to stay there for a long period. I think they should consider our situation," Nazmul was quoted as saying by Associated Press on Sunday.

The Bangladesh government's line of reasoning is driven by the ongoing tensions in the region owing to the US-Iran diplomatic conflict.

This, in essence, rules out the possibility of Pakistan playing the Tests against Bangladesh in the UAE - their makeshift 'home' venue over the past decade.