BCB stunned by Pakistan Board's decision to call off the tour

BCB stunned by Pakistan Board’s decision to call off the tour

The last time that the Bangladeshi team had toured Pakistan was in the season of 2007-08, for a five-ODI series.

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Bangladesh cricket team. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan has stunned and shocked the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) by calling off the tour, which was scheduled in the month of July and August. Although there has been no official confirmation of the same yet, the news came in as a shocker to the BCB who were hopeful of a great encounter against the Asian rivals.

The last time that the Bangladeshi team had toured Pakistan was in the season of 2007-08, for a five-ODI series. Since then, it has always been the men-in-green who have made the trip round to their Asian neighbours.

Pakistan has toured Bangladesh twice, in 2011-12 and recently in 2015. The reason for the cancellation is supposed to be that the BCB have failed to reciprocate the actions.

“We are really surprised. Even a month ago we knew that the tour was on,” BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. “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.

“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. We don’t want to play there. We want to stick to our schedule, which has the whole series being played in Bangladesh.”

Yunus also said that the BCB had learnt of PCB’s decision through the media, and the rumours that surrounded it. The BCB might want to get into a discussion with its neighbouring board before the series gets cancelled. The financial issues though has been cleared off completely by the board. The BCB are yet to receive an official confirmation from PCB’s correspondence.