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Pressure was from ICC to play WTC game in Pakistan: Papon
BCB president Nazmul Hasan meets and talks Tamim Iqbal and other Bangladeshi players during the training camp for upcoming Pakistan tour at SBNS on Sunday. Photo: Kazi Borhan Uddin

Pressure was from ICC to play WTC game in Pakistan: Papon

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon said that the main reason to visit Pakistan is to play the matches of World Test Championship (WTC) for which there is pressure on them from the International Cricket Council (ICC).The two-match Test series that Bangladesh would play in Pakistan is the part of WTC game, which Papon said is like Test World Cup.“If it is just bilateral series, then the situation would have been different but the two-match Test series is the part of World Test Championship, which is being organized by ICC. It is kind of World Cup. The championship game is being play by home and away basis, so there is no option [to avoid it],” Papon said here today.“I think we should take part here as a full member of ICC. And ICC also wants that. This was the main pressure actually.”The BCB chief said they would understand the whole situation of Pakistan once they would play the three-match T20 International series for which Bangladesh is leaving the country on January 22. The three T20Is are scheduled to be held on January 24, 25 and 27 and all the matches will be held in Lahore.“I think we will understand the whole scenario once we’ll go there for T20 series. If the problem arises during the tour then we can discuss about it and can take the next course of action,” he pointed out.After the T20 series, Bangladesh would visit Pakistan for two more times—firstly for first Test and secondly for an ODI and the second Test.The BCB president further said if any unwanted situation happens there, the...

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