Bangladesh agree to revised Pakistan tour schedule
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has agreed to a revised schedule for the national team's visit to Pakistan after security concerns were overcome.
Last month, Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, stated the Tigers would only play T20 matches in Pakistan, citing the tension in the Middle East as the main reason for a short trip.
He proposed using the three Twenty20 matches to test security arrangements before agreeing to play test matches.
However, after a meeting between Hassan and Pakistan Cricket Board president Ehsan Mani at an International Cricket Council gathering in Dubai on Tuesday, the PCB has announced a new schedule that also includes two tests and a one-day international.
It added that ICC chairman Shashank Manohar facilitated the process.
Following the three T20 matches in Lahore on 24, 25 and 27 January, the first test will be played in Rawalpindi on 7 to 11 February.
Bangladesh will return to Pakistan for a one-off one-day international in Karachi on 3 April and the second test in Karachi on 5 to 9 April.
Mani thanked Manohar for “the leadership he provided," adding: “I am pleased that we amicably achieved a resolution that is in the best interest of this great sport as well as both the proud cricket playing countries.”
Hassan said: “I must thank the PCB for understanding our position. We are pleased that a mutually acceptable resolution has been reached and this is a prime example of our sincere efforts at respecting the ICC Future Tour Programme commitments.”
Last month, Pakistan played its first home test matches since 2009, 10 years after the Sri Lanka cricket team bus was attacked in Lahore. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed in the attack, while a number of the Sri Lanka team were wounded.
In 2015, Pakistan hosted Zimbabwe and played three one-day internationals and two T20 internationals in a series that was marred by a suicide bombing outside the Lahore stadium.
However, the whole of the 2020 Pakistan Super League, the Twenty20 competition, will be played in the country having been split with the United Arab Emirates in previous years.