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‘Security conditions not satisfactory to play in Pakistan’, BCB turns down PCB’s offer for bilateral series

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DHAKA: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has turned down an invitation from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for a series this year, claiming that security arrangements are still inadequate.

“We had a BCB security team visit Pakistan during the final of the PSL T20 last month. The reports were not satisfactory enough due to which we had to pull back. Even the ICC had a fact-finding team visit the country and did not see any development as of yet,” BCB’s media and communications committee chairman Jalal Younus was quoted as saying by local media.

The PCB had sent a formal invitation to the BCB for a two-­match T20 series to take place in June this year.

The Bangladesh board suggested playing the series at a neutral venue like Dubai. However, the PCB does not consider it financially viable to host teams like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe in the UAE, which has been adopted for their home matches since the March 2009 terror attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.