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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has made it clear that the board have no intentions of sharing their series revenue with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
The PCB recently said that they would only tour Bangladesh if they received 50 per cent of the series revenue.
In an attempt to resolve the dilemma, Hassan announced that he would be sending a team of representatives to Pakistan.
According to the current Future Tours Programme (FTP), Bangladesh are supposed to host Pakistan for two Tests, three ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International from April 10 to May 7.
“I have heard that we had paid them the last time they came on tour,” Hassan said. “This is completely new information to me. I only heard it day before yesterday. The amount was not half of the match fee but we had given them some money. So there is precedence. I will have to find out what it is, but the amount was not significant. I will seek more information about it today. If they say just pay our plane fare, then it is a different issue. But match fee or profit sharing is out of the question. It is BCB’s own fund, we can’t share it with others.
“We will keep discussing with PCB and we will reach a decision. We don’t want to make our relations poor with Pakistan, nor do we want their cricket to suffer but we must ensure our players’ safety. But I don’t accept that there will be conditions to go or to not go on a tour. I don’t think the BCB will agree to any conditions.”
Hassan also noted that he will review Pakistan’s security situation before sending the Under-19, women’s and A team to the country.
“If we are given enough security, we will send an age-group team or the women’s team,” Hassan said. “If this solves the problem we will probably go. The last time we talked, they put pressure on me because a football and handball team had visited Pakistan.
“They didn’t want to play in the Asia Cup last year but were forced to come. At the ACC meeting, the chairman N Srinivasan said that we will play without Pakistan and include Afghanistan in place of Pakistan. When we were taking the final decision, then they came. They were creating pressure on us, but it is true that we had a commitment of touring Pakistan and that too to a written one, which we cannot deny.”