Shaharyar Khan confirmed that Pakistan’s scheduled tour of Bangladesh in July and August is postpone.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has finally postponed their tour of Bangladesh by mutual consent after months-long discussion, which means Pakistan will not tour Bangladesh this year according to the schedule.
Pakistan was scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I series in Bangladesh in July and August.
The PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told ESPNcricinfo, “We had spoken about the possibility of hosting them [Bangladesh in Pakistan] this year. Pakistan have now toured Bangladesh twice without them reciprocating, and we feel we cannot tour Bangladesh for the third straight time. Therefore, we have decided to postpone the tour, and will explore another window in the next year or so.”
Since 2003, they have not toured the neighbouring country for a full tour, although they did play a five-match series during 2007-2008, in which they were whitewashed by the home side.
Since then, Pakistan has toured Bangladesh twice, in 2011, that time they played 2 Tests, 3 ODIs and a T20, and in 2015.
On Pakistan’s last visit to Bangladesh in 2015, the PCB had reportedly taken US$ 325,000 and justified it by saying the series had “technically” been Pakistan’s home series. This year the BCB rejected all such proposals to share revenue, though it was open to playing at a neutral venue if necessary.
According to the reports, Pakistan has taken US$ 325,000 on their last visit to Bangladesh in 2015 and saying that the series had technically been the home series for them. Due to which, Bangladesh Cricket Board rejected all such proposals to share revenue this time.
However, Bangladesh was open to playing at neutral venues but Pakistan didn’t agree to host Bangladesh in the UAE as it is very expensive to hold a series at their adopted home.