After the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan on Thursday has announced Pakistan’s Bangladesh tour scheduled in July-August stands cancelled, Bangladesh Cricket Board officials were little surprised by the move by its neighbouring country by adding they didn’t receive any official confirmation regarding the latest development on cancellation of the tour.
“If the series does get officially cancelled, we have to go into discussion with them. We have cleared the financial issues so there’s no need to talk about those things now. We haven’t heard anything from them in official correspondence. We heard it through the media that they want to cancel the tour,” Jalal Yunus, the BCB media committee chief was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
The BCB media chairman Yunus further revealed the tour was on a month before while expressing that they were surprised by PCB’s abrupt decision adding they came to know about the news through media reports.
“We are really surprised. Even a month ago we knew that the tour was on,” Yunus said.
Bangladesh and Pakistan were scheduled to play three One-day Internationals, three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests.
The octogenarian chief Shaharyar stated Pakistan had visited Bangladesh in 2013 and 2015 respectively and had made the possibility clear as Bangladesh didn’t reciprocate and eventually Pakistan cannot tour for third straight time.
However, committee chairman of BCB, Yunus revealed there was a conversation during the fresh ICC meeting and further the deal was that Pakistan will play two series in Bangladesh after a discussion in 2015.
“There was a discussion between both board chiefs during this week’s ICC meeting in Dubai. This upcoming series was ours to host according to the FTP. In 2015 the two boards went into a deal that we will play two series for the following two years in Bangladesh,” Yunus added.
It becomes pertinent that Bangladesh has played in Pakistan in 2008, during the Asia Cup.
However, the reports suggested that Bangladesh has given USD 325,000 to Pakistan in 2015 when visitors claimed it was their home series on technical grounds.
“There was even a financial issue, which was dealt with at the time. They said they wanted to play here [in Bangladesh] till 2017. They wanted Bangladesh to play two T20s in Pakistan before continuing the series here,” Yunus further added.
Earlier this year, BCB officials had turned down PCB’s request to play Twenty20 series in Pakistan.
“We don’t want to play there. We want to stick to our schedule, which has the whole series being played in Bangladesh,” Yunus revealed.
In August, Bangladesh has home series on cards as they’re scheduled to play Australia.
Following the process this year, BCB reportedly rejected to share revenue on that front and made an offer that they are ready to play at neutral venues.