Following twin consecutive tours of neighbours Bangladesh, Pakistan have opted out to tour the nation for the third time in a row, following a mutual consent between both Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Bangladesh Cricket board (BCB). Pakistan were scheduled for a two Tests, three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and a Twenty20 International (T20I) series during the full tour of Bangladesh in 2017. Pakistan toured Bangladesh consecutively in 2011-12 and 2015, while Bangladesh last toured Pakistan back during 2007-08. Pakistan had also earlier invited Bangladesh in 2017 for a two-match T20I series, which was later turned down by BCB. Although Bangladesh are open to play in a neutral venue, PCB are not keen on taking that option. PCB to sue BCCI for dishonouring agreement pertaining to India-Pakistan bilateral series
“We had spoken about the possibility of hosting them [Bangladesh in Pakistan] this year. 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,” said PCB chief Shahryar Khan to ESPNCricinfo. Meanwhile, there was some development in the ICC regarding a match between Pakistan and ICC world XI in Lahore. ICC stated that they would be assessing the security situation, as well as looking into the financial aspect of it. Meanwhile, head of the ICC task force, Giles Clarke is scheduled for a visit to Lahore in September.
“We wanted to share the series between Lahore and Karachi but since the security assessment was focused on Lahore only, it was decided to restrict the series to Lahore for now. The presentation about the PSL final was well received and all members understand that the World XI tour will further pave the way for major international cricket in the country. They were supportive overall and we are looking forward to host some of the top players of the world,” Shahryar concluded.