PCB to persuade BCB to play three T20Is and one Test

Ross Houston
January 14, 2020

The PCB wants Bangladesh to play Test matches if Bangladesh are to make the series short as the two Tests are also part of the ICC Test Championship.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board, on Tuesday (January 14), were able to reach a consensus to ensure Bangladesh's upcoming tour of Pakistan would go ahead as planned.

After a gap - during which the HBL Pakistan Super League 2020 will be played - Bangladesh will return to play an ODI in Karachi on April 3 and the second ICC World Test Championship fixture, starting on April 5 in Rawalpindi. But the PCB's announcement the following day they would continue to have discussions with the BCB on the sidelines of the ICC's Governance Review Committee Meeting implied they had not yet given up on a favourable outcome.

Shashank Manohar, ICC's Chairman, acted as the facilitator.

A reliable source in the PCB was quoted a ssaying that Mani will suggest Hassan to play at least one Test and the T20 worldwide matches in January-February in Pakistan.

PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said: "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".

However, the tour has been split into three parts with Bangladesh playing three T20Is, scheduled to be held between January 24 to 27.

Pakistan hosted various limited overs series and matches of their Twenty20 league between 2015-19 before hosting two Tests against Sri Lanka in December previous year.

Pakistan's series with Bangladesh has been confirmed after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managed to convince its Bangladeshi counterpart to tour the country.

Most of the coaching staff and some of the players are unwilling to play in Pakistan while some others agreed to travel to the country for a short time only, Nazmul had said last month. The board is now set to talk with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and finalize the decision.

"The most important thing is that their families are anxious", he had added.

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