Bangladesh refuses to play Tests in Pakistan due to Iran-US tensions
On Sunday, BCB chief Nazmul Hassan said the government had told the board it can go ahead with a tour of Pakistan but keep it “short” due to the Iran-US tensions.
This essentially means Bangladesh can play a T20I but not Tests.
“The current state in the Middle East is definitely different than other times. So considering escalating tension in that particular region, they (the government) have told us to keep the tour as short as possible,” Hassan told reporters in Dhaka after a meeting of the BCB board.
In the past, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have insisted Bangladesh to play test series in Pakistan.
Misbahul Haq had expressed his disappointment at Bangladesh’s decision.
“There is no excuse at this stage and making security a pretext is lame, because when international tours are happening, teams (are) coming and playing here, even you are agreeing to play T20 and refusing Test is something beyond my understanding,” he had said during a media briefing. “I don’t see any reason. To me it’s just an excuse and nothing else.”
However, Bangladesh are scheduled to play three T20 internationals and two Tests in Pakistan in January-February.