Bangladesh squad set to land in Lahore today

Published January 22, 2020
Bangladesh team is touring Pakistan after a gap of 12 years. — Photo courtesy Cricket World Cup Twitter/File
Bangladesh team is touring Pakistan after a gap of 12 years. — Photo courtesy Cricket World Cup Twitter/File

LAHORE: After a long gap of 12 years, the Bangladesh cricket team will arrive in Pakistan on Wednesday evening to play a three-match Twenty20 International series at the Gaddafi Stadium here from Jan 24 to 27.

The T20 series will be the first of the tour split into three phases. The second phase will see Bangladesh play Pakistan in the first Test in Karachi from February 7 while in the third, the Tigers will play a solitary One-day International and the second Test in the metropolis in the first week of April.

The itinerary was announced after the Bangladesh Cricket Board agreed to send the team to Pakistan followed by initial concerns citing security threats.

The consensus took place between the BCB and its Pakistani counterpart in Dubai on the sidelines of the International Cricket Council’s Governance Review Committee meeting. The last time Bangladesh played a one-off T20 in Pakistan was in April 2008. Pakistan won that match by 102 runs under the captaincy of Shoaib Malik.

So far both the countries have played 10 matches in the T20 format, with Pakistan having the upper hand with eight wins, while losing two on Bangladesh’s soil in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Pakistan have included four uncapped players in their squad for the series — Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Ammad Butt and Ahsan Ali — while, the visiting team is coming with only one uncapped player in Hasan Mahmud.

While the inclusion of Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim and Liton Das, besides the captain, is making Bangladesh a strong side in batting line up, Pakistan are banking on just on experienced batsmen Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, besides captain Babar Azam.

Both captain, Babar and Mahmudullah will hold their pre-series media conferences at Gaddafi Stadium on Thursday and later both the teams will hold their practice sessions.

The matches will start at 2:00pm (PST).

Published in Dawn, January 22nd, 2020

Opinion

Discipline and punish

Discipline and punish

The larger issue is that many within the police and the state view the role of the police as not one of service but of control.
The truly worrying malware
Updated 27 Jul 2021

The truly worrying malware

It’s excessive to hope that governments will surrender even when caught with their hands on the till.
Appointing VCs
27 Jul 2021

Appointing VCs

For VCs of yore, it was more than a job assignment.
Giving peace a chance
Updated 26 Jul 2021

Giving peace a chance

So long as Afghan government forces do not collapse in the face of the Taliban’s military assaults, diplomacy will have a chance.

Editorial

AJK’s ugly elections
Updated 27 Jul 2021

AJK’s ugly elections

All party leaders focused on insulting their rivals instead of talking about issues concerning the AJK electorate.
27 Jul 2021

Refugee concerns

AS Afghanistan slips back into chaos with a rapid Taliban advance, the possibility of refugees spilling over into...
27 Jul 2021

ECP vacancies

FEARS of yet another deadlock between the PTI government and the opposition on the selection of successors for...
26 Jul 2021

Senior citizens’ law

FOR all the cultural emphasis on respect and consideration for our elders, the state itself extends little by way of...
26 Jul 2021

Grim Covid realities

YET another grim milestone was reached last week when we became the 30th country in the world to mark a million...
Islamophobia envoy
Updated 26 Jul 2021

Islamophobia envoy

By calling for the appointment of a special envoy to counter Islamophobia, US lawmaker Ilhan Omar has raised a pertinent issue.