PCB ‘rejects’ BCB proposal to play a Test each in Pakistan, Dhaka

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Uncertainty looms large over the two-match Pakistan-Bangladesh Test series after the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s proposal to play of the games has been turned down. Host Pakistan Cricket Board is firm not playing any of the ICC World Test Championship games on a neutral venue or in Dhaka.

Bangladesh has agreed to play one Test in Pakistan, provided the second match of the ICC World Test Championship is held in Dhaka. The proposal was rejected by the PCB.

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has said that the board has rejected the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) proposal, making it clear that the two Tests were part of Pakistan’s home series and must be played there.

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“It is strange that the BCB wants Pakistan to play a Test in Bangladesh in return,” the official said.

Bangladesh is due to tour Pakistan from January 18 to play two Tests and three T20 Internationals but the tour is still uncertain after BCB officials said that they will just play the T20 series there and not the Tests.

Bangladesh first wants to play three T20s in Pakistan and then decide after assessing the security situation whether to play the Test series or not.

The PCB, however, has ruled out hosting the Test matches at a neutral venue.

“Privately the proposal to have one Test in Pakistan and one in Bangladesh has been floated but has been rejected,” the PCB official said.

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