Pakistan national cricket team recently celebrated the return of Test cricket to their nation as Sri Lanka visited for a two-match series, which the home side convincingly won by 1-0. The first match at Rawalpindi saw both teams share points as the match was called off due to bad weather. However, Azhar Ali’s side won the Karachi Test match and clinched the series. They also got off the mark in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship points table. Abid Ali won the Man of the Series award for chipping in with two centuries.
It should be noted that Sri Lanka was the last team to tour Pakistan in the year 2009, which was cut short by a terrorist attack on the team bus. However, the recent tour turned out to be a successful outing for Sri Lankans. No other team should have any problems touring Pakistan as they have had proved the country was safe and secure. Even Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ehsan Mani said that no team should now doubt security arrangements in Pakistan after successful Sri Lanka Test series.
Earlier, Ehsan Mani said that he is hopeful of Bangladesh touring Pakistan and cited that if Sri Lanka could tour the country, why couldn’t other teams do the same given that Sri Lanka had no issues in coming for a two-Test series. Eventually, after careful consideration, Pakistan and Bangladesh finally managed to agree for a series on the Pakistani soil. Initially, it looked like Bangladesh would not play a Test series in Pakistan but now that it has been confirmed due to some changes in the schedule.
Some members of the Bangladesh team will not tour Pakistan
Despite all that, some members of the Bangladesh team have decided against touring the Asian giants. Former skipper Mushfiqur Rahim pulled out of the tour due to security reasons. Along with Mushfiqur Rahim, five of Bangladesh’s backroom staff also decided against traveling to Pakistan. But unlike Mushfiqur Rahim and the five staff, pace spearhead Mustafizur Rahman has decided to travel to Pakistan.
But his latest tweet ahead of the tour took everyone by surprise. Mustafizur took to his Twitter and posted a selfie along with his teammates and asked his supporters to pray for them. An excerpt from his post reads: “Heading to Pakistan. Remember us in your prayers.”
— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) January 22, 2020
Bangladesh will play two Tests, three T20Is and a lone ODI in Pakistan. Both the Test matches are part of the World Test Championship. It has been said that Bangladesh will not play the full series on the go as the tour has been split into three sections. The tour will start with the three T20Is which is scheduled to be held between January 24 to 27.
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