Bangladesh ‘high-performance’ cricket team to visit Pakistan in July

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Shaharyar Khan in Colombo said the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to send its high-performance side to Pakistan, possibly in July this year.

He also said that Sri Lanka is being discussed as a possible venue for Pakistan’s next ‘home’ series against Bangladesh, though he didn’t mention a time frame.

Shaharyar who was in Colombo for an informal meeting among heads of Sri Lanka Cricket board, BCB, and PCB to discuss Asian Cricket Council affairs said that the dates for the high-performance tour will be decided later, but was confident that it will happen.

Last week Bangladesh had rejected PCB’s invitation to play two T20Is in Pakistan.

“Bangladesh is agreeing to send its high-performance team to Pakistan, which is a big step,” Shaharyar said. “They will play in Pakistan against our high-performance team. As regards to the national team, they are not yet ready to come to Pakistan but we could play either in Bangladesh or in a third country, which is acceptable to both sides, or we could even do it in Sri Lanka.”

“I think this time around the ICC wants [the high-performance teams] to play in July, but we will finalize the actual dates later,” the chairman added.

“Neutral venue [for the senior teams’ series] is a possibility. These days, Dubai is our neutral venue but it’s very expensive. So we might play in Sri Lanka, if they are free at that time.”

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