Will not pressurize Bangladesh players to tour Pakistan: BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon

Will not pressurize Bangladesh players to tour Pakistan: BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon

The BCB will discuss matters after getting security clearance for the tour.

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Nazmul Hasan Papon, the president of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), said that the board won’t be forcing the national team’s players to tour Pakistan. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited the Tigers for two Tests and three T20Is in January-February 2020, but the BCB is yet to send any response for the same. Papon doesn’t wish to rush into a decision.

Back in October-November, two sets of Bangladesh teams went to Pakistan. While the U16 team played two three-day matches and three One Dayers, the women’s national team took part in three T20Is in Lahore followed by a couple of ODIs in Karachi.

The board will not pressurize any player to go to Pakistan

Prior to the tours, a delegation from the Bangladesh government gave a green signal regarding the security. The board is now waiting for a report ahead of the men’s team’s matches next year. On the basis of the same, a final decision will be zeroed in on.

“We cannot force our players to go to Pakistan. If any player doesn’t want to go, he will not go there. We will not pressurize anyone. The board will not pressurize any player to go to Pakistan. I don’t think it’s time to talk about the replacement team. It will depend on the situations,” Papon was quoted as saying to the reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.

It will be the opinion of the cricketers, says Papon

“We have applied to the government to know whether we will get the security clearance for Pakistan series. Two of our teams visited Pakistan before. One is the women’s team and other is the boy’s team. We are yet to get the security clearance for the national team,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the PCB is also considering to host a Day-Night Test at the National Stadium. On the other hand, Bangladesh are contemplating splitting the tour. The visitors want to play the T20Is in Pakistan and the Tests at a neutral venue. As far as the players’ participation is considered, even after security clearance, the opinions of the players will be taken.

“After security clearance, it will be the opinion of the cricketers. We want to hear who wants to go or who doesn’t. There are a lot of matters including the board. After getting the clearance we will sit to discuss about these things. We hope that we can make a final decision within next four to five days,” the BCB president added.