BCB surprised by PCB’s decision to call off tour

“We heard it through the media that they want to cancel the tour”

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced that they were shocked by the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision to call off the upcoming series between the two countries in July-August.

The PCB confirmed that the decision was based on the fact that they have toured Bangladesh in 2011/12 and 2015, but the favour has not been repaid.

The board did invite Bangladesh to come to Pakistan for a two-match Twenty20 series, but the BCB turned it down.

“We are really surprised. Even a month ago we knew that the tour was on,” BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. “There was a discussion between both board chiefs during this week’s ICC meeting in Dubai. This upcoming series was ours to host according to the FTP. In 2015 the two boards went into a deal that we will play two series for the following two years in Bangladesh.

“There was even a financial issue, which was dealt with at the time. They said they wanted to play here [in Bangladesh] till 2017. They wanted Bangladesh to play two T20s in Pakistan before continuing the series here. We don’t want to play there. We want to stick to our schedule, which has the whole series being played in Bangladesh.”

Yunus also pointed out that the BCB are still waiting for the PCB to contact them directly before adding that the board learnt of the tour cancellation through the media.

“If the series does get officially cancelled, we have to go into discussion with them,” he said. “We have cleared the financial issues so there’s no need to talk about those things now. We haven’t heard anything from them in official correspondence. We heard it through the media that they want to cancel the tour.”

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