Bangladesh have agreed in principle to tour Pakistan and become the first team to play international cricket there since an attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus nearly four years ago, officials said Monday.
“We have in principle agreed to tour Pakistan. It’s a commitment made by former BCB (Bangladesh Cricket Board) president Mustafa Kamal. We are keeping his word,” Enayet Husain Siraj, the board’s head of cricket operations, told AFP.
He also stated that the tour will also be cleared only after satisfying all security considerations. “The tour is subject to security clearance,” he added.
As planned earlier, the series is likely to be played in Lahore, comprising a Twenty20 and One Day International in the second week of the January sandwiched between Pakistan-India series (which ends on January 6) and Bangladesh Premier League (which starts on January 17).
But the tour is still subject to security clearance. Bangladesh were set to tour Pakistan in April this year until the tour was embargoed by Dhaka Hight Court for security reasons.
Few days ago, the news emerged that Bangladesh Cricket Board is in talks with their Pakistan counterparts for a series, a quid pro quo deal as per which the Pakistan players will be granted NOCs to play the second edition of BPL.