Bangladesh squad returns to Pakistan for first Test

05 Feb 2020

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Bangladesh was originally scheduled to play three Twenty20 Internationals and two Test matches, but agreed to split the tour into three phases because it did not want to stay in Pakistan for a longer duration due to security concerns. — Photo courtesy Pakistan Cricket Board Twitter
Bangladesh was originally scheduled to play three Twenty20 Internationals and two Test matches, but agreed to split the tour into three phases because it did not want to stay in Pakistan for a longer duration due to security concerns. — Photo courtesy Pakistan Cricket Board Twitter

The Bangladesh cricket squad has returned to Pakistan for the second leg of the bilateral series, which includes its first Test match in the country since 2003.

Bangladesh was originally scheduled to play three Twenty20 Internationals and two Test matches, but agreed to split the tour into three phases because it did not want to stay in Pakistan for a longer duration due to security concerns.

Pakistan won the T20 series 2-0 last month at Lahore, with the third game abandoned because of rain.

Bangladesh lost 3-0 to Pakistan in its last test series in 2003, which included the home teams nail biting one-wicket victory at Multan.

Leading Bangladesh player Mushfiqur Rahim, who didn't travel to Pakistan for last month's Twenty20 series, has also opted out of the Test match at Rawalpindi.

A three-member security delegation from Bangladesh, led by retired major Hussain Imam, met with security officials from the government and the Pakistan Cricket Board at the Pindi Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.

The first Test, which is part of the World Test Championship, starts on Friday. Bangladesh will depart next Wednesday and return to Pakistan in April for one one-day international and the second Test match at Karachi.

Bangladesh is the second Test country to tour Pakistan since the resumption of international cricket.

In December, Sri Lanka toured the country for 16 days and played Test matches at Rawalpindi and Karachi.

It was the first Test series in Pakistan in more than a decade after an attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team bus at Lahore killed eight people killed and injured several players