Pakistan to tour Bangladesh in December 2011

Pakistan will play two Tests, three One-day Internationals and a Twenty20 international in December Getty Images

Lahore: Sep 11, 2011

The Pakistan Cricket Board seems to be working hard to improve the strained relationship with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as it agreed to tour Bangladesh for a full series in December this year.

A source in the Board told PTI that the PCB had recently approved a tentative itinerary sent by the Bangladesh board for the series that will include two Tests, three One-day Internationals and a T20 match in December.

The itinerary for the series has been tentatively agreed upon by both the boards.

“Pakistan has not played Bangladesh in a bilateral series since early 2008 as it believed that the Bangladesh board had let it down on many occasions, especially by not supporting Pakistan when the World Cup matches were moved out of the country. But now things seem to have settled down,” the source said.

Stating that the tension between Pakistan and Bangladesh first surfaced in 2009, the source explained, “Pakistan board has not been very happy with BCB since 2009 when it cancelled a bilateral one-day series between the two nations to be held in Bangladesh, immediately after the militants attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

“Pakistan team was to tour Bangladesh for the ODI series but after the attack took place, the BCB cancelled the series on security grounds, saying its government had not given clearance for the Pakistan team to play in Bangladesh.”