Pakistan cancels Bangladesh tour

Pakistan Cricket Board has canceled the Bangladesh tour, scheduled for July-August this year. PCB said the series has been called off by mutual consent. Pakistan was to play two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I series in Bangladesh in July and August.

“We had spoken about the possibility of hosting them (Bangladesh in Pakistan) this year,” ESPN Cricinfo has quoted the PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan as saying. “Pakistan have now toured Bangladesh twice without them reciprocating, and we feel we cannot tour Bangladesh for the third straight time. Therefore, we have decided to postpone the tour, and will explore another window in the next year or so.”

Bangladesh last toured Pakistan in 2007-08, for a five-ODI series. Since then, Pakistan have toured Bangladesh twice, in 2011-12 and 2015. On Pakistan’s last visit to Bangladesh in 2015, the PCB shared revenue, reportedly taking US$ 325,000 (INR 2 Cr). Justified it by saying the series had “technically” been Pakistan’s home series. This year BCB rejected all proposals to share revenue. Though it was open to playing at neutral venues.

Relations between the Pakistan and Bangladesh boards have been sour in the past. During the Zaka Ashraf regime, the PCB stopped communication with the BCB. PCB had laos barred its cricketers – who had already been auctioned to various teams – from featuring in the Bangladesh Premier League.

Pakistan has not seen much international cricket since 2009. Barring a brief tour by Zimbabwe in 2015 since the Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus came under attack from armed militants in 2009. Bangladesh were the fourth team – after West Indies, Ireland and Sri Lanka – to refuse to travel to Pakistan in the last two years.

Nevertheless, the PCB is looking to build on successful hosting of an incident-free PSL final in Lahore. The board is planning to invite a team of international cricketers for T-20 series in September.