Hassan: ‘I am not too keen about the Pakistan tour’

“I think we can rest our players during that time”

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan has said that he is “not too keen” about the national team touring Pakistan.

Bangladesh were supposed to host Pakistan in July-August, but the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) called it off.

The PCB attributed their decision to the fact that they have visited Bangladesh in 2011/12 and 2015, but the favour had not been repaid.

The PCB had invited Bangladesh to travel to Pakistan for a two-match Twenty20 series, but the BCB turned it down.

Rather than try and fill the gap left by Pakistan’s decision to cancel their tour of Bangladesh, Hassan confirmed that he would allow the national team to get some much-needed rest and relaxation.

“I think we can rest our players during that time,” Hassan said. “Our boys are playing a lot these days. From Champions Trophy they’ll come home, play against Australia and then head off to South Africa. From there, they will come home and start with the BPL, and then they have more cricket.

“I am not too keen about the Pakistan tour. But if we need to play [in that time], we have four or five countries lined up to play against Bangladesh. It won’t be hard to arrange matches, but right now we are not really keen on filling that gap either.”

In April, there was talk about Bangladesh potentially sending their Under-19 team or High Performance squad to Pakistan, but even those plans have gone up in smoke.

“We haven’t spoken about going to Pakistan since we heard their decision from the media,” Hassan said. “The national team [touring Pakistan] is out of the question. Our HP or U-19 [teams] might have gone there but when they made this announcement [of postponing the Bangladesh tour] we are no longer in talks. After this, there is no question of talking about the HP tour.

“They will go elsewhere. We have confirmed programmes with New Zealand and England. We are in talks with two more countries. Within a couple of months, we will be releasing the specific schedules. Many of these series will be held at home.”

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