No Dhaka Test: Pakistan rejects Bangladesh board’s proposal

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Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who recently announced that all their home matches will be played in Karachi and not in a neutral venue, rejected Bangladesh's proposal. File Photo: PTI

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to play on Test in Pakistan under the ICC’s ongoing World Test Championship, provided the second match will be held in Dhaka.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who recently announced that all their home matches will be played in Karachi and not in a neutral venue, rejected Bangladesh’s proposal.

An official from the PCB said that the two matches are a part of Pakistan’s home series and made it clear that, if played, it will be only on their home ground.

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“It is strange that the BCB wants Pakistan to play a Test in Bangladesh in return,” the official told PTI.

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Bangladesh is due to tour Pakistan from January 18 to play two Tests and three T20 Internationals but the tour is still uncertain after BCB officials said that they will just play the T20 series there and not the Tests.

Bangladesh first wants to play three T20s in Pakistan and then decide after assessing the security situation whether to play the Test series or not.

The PCB, however, has ruled out hosting the Test matches at a neutral venue.

“Privately the proposal to have one Test in Pakistan and one in Bangladesh has been floated but has been rejected,” the PCB official said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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