T20Is first, decision on Tests after that - BCB on Pakistan tour


Given the Indian board's stand on not allowing players to play in overseas leagues or tournaments, them allowing five players to play in Bangladesh has come as an interesting change.

"We are looking for the best players among the current lot, and because the games will have global status, everyone will be serious about it", BCB President Nazmul Hassan had said earlier in the year.

Meanwhile the BCCI has made its stance clear on Pakistani players featuring.

"The stakeholders related to the series do not want us to play longer-version cricket in Pakistan", Nizamuddin said.

Pakistan is placed in Group C of the 16-team event and will play Scotland in their opening match on January 19. As ICC set to give the game an global status, the participation of Indian players and Pakistan players combinedly was the major mystery. That is what the message is, so, there is no question of both countries coming together or picking one over the other. "It has been left to the BCCI president (Sourav Ganguly) to decide which five players would go to Bangladesh", George was quoted as saying by bdcrictime.com.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given these two matches international status which will be played between March 18 and 22. Both these matches are set to start at 6:00 PM IST.

However, the success of hosting this series seems to have got to the head of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani. "Media and fans played an important role in portraying positive image of Pakistan worldwide", Mani had said recently.

The fast bowler's outstanding performance in the second inning of the second test match played against Sri Lanka also earned him his name on the honours board of the National Stadium Karachi.

It had been reported earlier that the Bangladesh Cricket Board has sought the services of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya from the BCCI for the Asia XI team.

The situation between India and Pakistan is at its low and things may never get back to normalcy in terms of the political scenario.