DHAKA: Bangladesh has decided not to send their Test team to Pakistan for a two-match test series citing security concerns and a travel advisory issued by the Bangladeshi government.

The President of BCB – Bangladesh Cricket Board Nazmul Hassan announced the decision after a board meeting in Dhaka saying that the government had advised them not to send the team to Pakistan in light of the volatile situation in the region particularly after recent escalations in the Middle East.

Hassan said however that Bangladesh will be visiting Pakistan for the T20-International series as per the schedule but stressed on the possibility of a short tour only.

The Pakistan Cricket Board – issued a short statement saying that they will respond to the recent development only after receiving a formal communication from The BCB.

Team Bangladesh’s proposed tour to Pakistan was already clouded after a number of players including senior batsman Mushfiqur Rahim had expressed reservations about visiting the country for a longer duration.

PCB had earlier dismissed the security concerns of Bangladeshi players and management pointing out the successful Sri Lanka tour in December last year and the fact that all matches of the upcoming fifth edition of PSL – Pakistan Super League featuring a number of international cricketers will be played in Pakistan.

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