Doubts stay over Bangladesh ladies’s tour to Pakistan

Considerations are rising that the Bangladesh ladies’s staff, resulting from tour Pakistan for 11 days beginning October 23, might not go to in any case. The tour, which includes two T20Is and three ODIs, all in Lahore, was believed to be a close to certainty to go forward so far as each boards have been involved, however continues to be awaiting clearance from the Bangladesh authorities.

The clearance was considered a formality regardless of the actual fact touring groups to Pakistan have, since 2009, wanted in depth safety ensures from the PCB. Sri Lanka concluded a tour of Pakistan earlier this week that noticed them play three ODIs in Karachi and three T20Is in Lahore, and though a number of main gamers pulled out citing safety issues, the collection itself went off with out a hitch.

The standing of the ladies’s tour might additionally have an effect on the boys’s staff, pencilled in to tour Pakistan in January. BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan informed reporters they’d “solely get the complete particulars as soon as the safety staff goes to Pakistan. As you all know, the BCB president talked about how safety is the highest precedence on excursions after the New Zealand incident [when a terrorist killed 50 people inside two mosques in Christchurch]”.

Khan wouldn’t be drawn on whether or not the ladies’s tour getting the go-ahead would de facto be a inexperienced mild for the boys’s collection, too. “Safety is unquestionably a priority however on the identical time, we have now to consider the event of girls’s cricket. However I’ve mentioned it repeatedly that solely after we get the federal government’s inexperienced sign, will we go ahead.”

Ten days out from the ladies’s staff’s scheduled arrival and with no affirmation, the PCB is understandably involved. Other than the logistical and monetary hurdles delays would characterize to the board, given the numerous safety effort that wants to enter assuring visiting groups are secure, the PCB is raring to start a strategy of normalisation for worldwide cricket in Pakistan. There was talk of Eire visiting within the close to future, and the PCB introduced everything of the PSL would happen in Pakistan in 2020, along with a possible Check collection in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Even when the Bangladesh ladies’s tour was to proceed, the three Indian members of the assist employees will not be travelling to Pakistan. Head coach Anju Jain, assistant coach Devika Palshikar, and coach Kavita Pandey can be absent, the BCB saying they needed to keep away from visa-related difficulties due to the strained political ties between India and Pakistan. A lot of Indian nationals concerned within the TV manufacturing of the lately concluded Sri Lanka collection have been granted visas nevertheless.

Earlier this yr, Karachi hosted West Indies ladies for 3 T20Is. The Bangladesh ladies’s staff final toured Pakistan in 2015, whereas the boys’s aspect hasn’t visited since 2008.