Bangladesh's senior men's side will tour Pakistan for three T20Is, two Tests and one-off ODI. The three T20Is will be played from 24-27 January in Lahore before both teams face off in Rawalpindi for the first Test starting February 7.
With Pakistan Super League set to commence from February 20, Bangladesh will tour Pakistan after the tournament ends on March 22. They will then lock horns in one-off ODI in Karachi on April 3 before playing the second and final Test at the same venue starting April 5.
The announcement surprisingly comes two days after BCB chief had clarified that their government had allowed them to keep the tour ‘short’ following ongoing political tensions between US and Iran. This implied to the fact that Bangladesh were keen on playing a T20I series only, a stance which was taken well before the series was scheduled.
On the other hand, the PCB were adamant on having a complete series following Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan in December, which included two Tests as part of ICC World Test Championship.
As per PCB’s statement yesterday, Ehsan Mani and Nazmul Hasan were scheduled to meet each other on the sidelines of the ICC Governance Review Committee meeting to reach an agreement.
In a statement released by the PCB, it was mentioned that the ICC Chairman, Shashank Manohar, played an instrumental role in settling down the agreement between the two boards.
“I am pleased that we have amicably achieved a resolution that is in the best interest of this great sport as well as both the proud cricket playing countries,” said Ehsan Mani in a statement.
“I also want to thank ICC Chairman Shaskank Manohar for the leadership he provided and ensured the sport continues to grow and thrive in the two countries.”
PCB Chief Executive, Wasim Khan, said: “It is a win-win outcome for both the boards. I am glad that the uncertainty around the series is now over and we can start planning for the smooth delivery of the matches. Bangladesh will visit Pakistan thrice, which should give them the comfort that Pakistan is as safe and secure as any other cricket playing country.
“The split series across three venues will also provide fans and followers to watch live in action their favourite players and support good cricket from either side.”
24 Jan – 1st T20I, Lahore
25 Jan – 2nd T20I, Lahore
27 Jan – 3rd T20I, Lahore
7-11 Feb – 1st Test, Rawalpindi
3 Apr – One-off ODI, Karachi
5-9 Apr – 2nd Test, Karachi