Dhaka, Bangladesh
Mani to meet Panon in Dubai

Mani to meet Panon in Dubai

Sports Desk Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president Ehsan Mani is set to meet Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon on the sidelines of an ICC board meeting on Monday, PCB has confirmed via a press release. Talks have been ongoing between the two boards over the fate of Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan, where they were originally scheduled to play three T20Is followed by a two-match Test series. The BCB yesterday retained their stance of only playing the T20I series for now and playing the Test series later as per government directives. The particular directives came due to the current unstable scenario in the Middle East, the BCB president had yesterday informed the media. Nazmul yesterday also informed that he was travelling to Dubai today for an ICC meeting with ICC chairman Shashank Manohar. According to a PCB release, Mani will meet Nazmul in Dubai this week on the sidelines of the ICC Governance Review Committee meeting, following which the PCB will provide further updates on Bangladesh men’s national cricket team’s upcoming tour of Pakistan. The PCB has sought to play the Test series first and reschedule the T20I series for a later date but according to government directives that BCB acknowledged, only a short tour is possible for the Tigers at the moment. Earlier, Nazmul informed yesterday during a press conference that the board has been given directives from the government to only go for a short tour of Pakistan. After a board meeting yesterday, the board has decided that they are only willing to play the T20 series in Pakistan at the moment and cited that the present unrest in the Middle East was the reason behind this particular directive from the government. “After we got security advice regarding the Pakistan tour, we applied for government order (GO) for the whole series. While we haven’t got all the papers in our hand yet, we received a screenshot and have known of the salient points. The situation in the Middle East is different from other times. Considering the escalating situation in the Middle East, the government has told that the tour should be as short as possible. We have been given directives to come back following a very short T20 tour, and if the situation improves, then to play the Tests later,” the BCB president said. “This is what we have received and we are going to communicate the same thing to the PCB,” he added. Pakistan had previously communicated to the BCB that they wanted to prioritise the Test series and play the longer format first and reschedule the T20I series for another time.

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