International Cricket has started in Pakistan with the Sri Lankan cricket team touring the terror-ravaged nation for a series of limited-overs Internationals in September followed by a two-match Test series in December. The two Test matches played in Rawalpindi and the National Stadium in Karachi were the first instance of any visiting side playing five-day cricket in Pakistan ever since those dastardly terror-attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus in the March of 2009.
Post the successful staging of the Test series against Sri Lanka and the endorsements on security given by the likes of Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews, the Pakistan Cricket Board is confident that International cricket will become a normalcy in Pakistan as more and more sides visit the terror-ravaged nation. But PCB’s hopes have seen a major dent in the past few weeks with the Bangladesh Cricket Board and its players apprehensive about touring Pakistan.
Bangladesh is scheduled to visit Pakistan for a series of limited-over Internationals followed by a couple of Test matches but the BCB has requested their counterpart to split up the two series. And, since then, former cricketers of Pakistan have been requesting the Bangladeshi cricketers to travel to Pakistan.
Discarded opener Ahmed Shehzad, who is currently in Bangladesh for the Bangabandhu BPL, did the same when he gave a plethora of reasons as to why cricketers should visit Pakistan. But, when one of the journalists shared the same article on Twitter, Shehzad did not miss an opportunity to take a dig at India when he wrote, “Wonderful pitches…Hospitality…Food & our tea is fantastic”
& our tea is fantastic 😉 https://t.co/H5tlWrgHqK
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) January 3, 2020
Ahmed Shehzad had urged Bangladesh cricketers to travel to the ‘safe’ country Pakistan
Coming back to the article, Shehzad had appealed to the Bangladeshi cricketers to travel to Pakistan, which according to him is a ‘safe country’. “For me, Pakistan is a safe country. Our forces are doing whatever it takes to ensure that international cricket comes back home, providing presidential-level security to the players,” the 28-year old told reporters in Sylhet.
Shehzad added, “Sri Lanka just came and the tour was really successful. It is totally Bangladesh cricket’s decision, whatever they feel, they should do it. But if you ask me personally, I would have really enjoyed going to Pakistan, enjoy the beautiful wickets, the hospitality and food there. So for me, it is a perfect place for going and playing cricket.”
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