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POST TIME: 15 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM
BCB yet to get green signal from govt to tour Pakistan
No player will be forced to go to Pakistan, says Nazmul
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

BCB yet to get green signal
from govt to tour Pakistan

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan Papon said the board is yet to get green signal to tour Pakistan.

Bangladesh are scheduled to tour in Pakistan for two-Test series along with three-match Twenty20 Internationals in January.

He told newsmen yesterday that they could be informed their final decision regarding the upcoming Bangladesh team tour in Pakistan within the next four/days.

But the BCB did not take any decision for the tour. A government delegation went to monitor the security arrangement of Pakistan when Sri Lanka were playing a T20I series against the host Pakistan, just before Bangladesh national women’s team and Under-17 team tours.

The delegation is yet to give their report for which the board is depending on whether they will take their final decision to tour in Pakistan or not. “We have applied to the government regarding the security of our team for touring in Pakistan. We are yet to get it. Our women’s team went to Pakistan. Before them, our High Performance (HP) went there and played matches of the Group-B (in the Emerging Teams Asia Cup-2018). We are yet to get clearance for the national team’s tour,” said Nazmul Hassan.   

“If you ask about security, I will say, security is security whether it is Under-12 or the national team. It will be alike for all. So, we are supposed that there is a possibility of getting clearance from the government what we are expecting to soon get,” Papon told media during the break of the ongoing Bangabandhu-BPL at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

“But as we are yet to get its report in hand, they went to assess the security arrangement; we hope we will get it any day. We can tell you after getting it what will be our decision on Pakistan tour because there is a matter of security clearance,” he added.

Papon said they will soon sit for the discussion after getting the green signal from the government as there are so many matters related to the tour.  

“The next big question is from players, whose opinion is also important because we have to know who wants to go or not. So there are many matters related to it. There is a matter of board’s decision. Overall, all the things are at the last stage,” he viewed.

“We will sit for discussion after getting the security clearance from the government. Hopefully we could be taken a final decision within the next four-five days,” he added.

When asked about any enforcement from the board to agree the players to tour in Pakistan, the BCB president flatly said they will not force any player to tour in Pakistan for the series.  

“There is nothing to force here. The board will not force any player to tour in Pakistan. This is my thinking so far,” he said.

“There is no question to force any player to tour in Pakistan. It will depend on the situation whether the main team or the alternative team will go there in Pakistan,” he concluded.