Touring and playing in Pakistan has become a challenge for the players. Last year, Pakistan had invited Sri Lanka to play an ODI and T20I series but half of the Sri Lankan squad refused to tour the nation due to security concerns. Still, the tour went ahead as per plan as Sri Lanka sent a less experienced side to Pakistan.
In December 2019, Sri Lanka again visited Pakistan for a 2-match test series. Sri Lankan team was provided with presidential level security in both tours. Now, After Sri Lanka, Bangladesh team is set to tour Pakistan for 3 T20I series starting 24 January and after which both teams will play a test match. However, security concerns are still an issue ahead of the tour
Mushfiqur Rahim Refused To Tour Pakistan
5 members of Bangladesh’s coaching staff have withdrawn their name from the tour. Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim also made himself available from the tour.
Rahim revealed the reason behind refusing to travel to Pakistan. He said, “My family is not permitting me to go to Pakistan. Cricket is not bigger than life. But at the same time, I would like to say that the situation in Pakistan is better than before. I toured Pakistan in 2008 before that incident (terror attack on Sri Lankan team in 2009).”
On Saturday Bangladesh Cricket Board name the squad for the 3-match T20I series vs Pakistan. Mahmudullah will lead the side while Tamim Iqbal is making his return in the side. The three T20I matches are scheduled to play in 24, 25 and 27 January.
Bangladesh Squad :- Mahmudullah (C), Tamim Iqbal Khan, Soumya Sarkar, Naim Sheikh, Najmul Hossain, Litton Das, MD Mithun, Afif Hossain, Mahadi Hasan, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Hasan Mahmud