Thursday Oct 17, 2019
A four-member security delegation from Bangladesh arrived in Karachi on Thursday to oversee security and safety arrangements ahead of the arrival of the under 19 and women's cricket teams.
The Bangladesh national team is to arrive in Pakistan on October 23 to play a series of three T20Is and two ODIs in Lahore between 26th October and 4th November.
The U16 cricket team is also likely to arrive later this month to play a series of matches in Rawalpindi.
While the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was in agreement to send the team, it is still waiting for clearance from its government, which is expected after the report from the security delegation.
Sources say that the four-member delegation doesn’t have any representatives from BCB and that government officials and security agencies will be briefed on security measures arranged by Pakistani officials.
PCB’s director international cricket Zakir Khan and manager security and anti-corruption Col. Usman Anwari were present to receive the delegation.
They are to visit Karachi’s National Stadium on Friday afternoon before flying to Lahore where they will oversee arrangements made for women team’s tour.
They are also scheduled to visit Rawalpindi and Islamabad in last leg of their visit.
Sources believe that a report is likely to be submitted to the Bangladesh government by next week.
The tour will have a significant impact upon the upcoming tour of Bangladesh men’s cricket team who are scheduled tour to Pakistan in January.
Last month, Pakistan hosted Sri Lanka for a series of three ODIs in Karachi and three T20Is in Lahore. The country also hosted 8 PSL matches in Karachi with likes of Shane Watson staying in country for ten days.
The Bangladesh women's team last toured Pakistan in 2015, while the men's side have not visited since 2008.