PCB now invites Bangladesh to tour Pakistan

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Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has invited Bangladesh to play in the strife-torn country even as the scheduled tour of Zimbabwe appears to be in jeopardy following the latest terrorist attack on members of the Ismaili community in Karachi.

Around 46 people including 18 women were killed when terrorists attacked a bus of the Ismaili community in Pakistan’s biggest city yesterday.

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PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told reporters after returning from a tour to India that he was hopeful off more teams coming to Pakistan in future.

“We have invited the Bangladesh board to send their team and they have showed positive intent. I had positive discussions with their officials in Dhaka,” Shaharyar said.

The PCB chief after spending a few days in Dhaka went to India to discuss the revival of Indo-Pak bilateral ties with government functionaries and Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) officials.

“We have invited Bangladesh to visit Pakistan for a series and they have shown positive signs. We also told them to send their under-19 and women’s team to Pakistan. Their women’s team tour could materialise as early as August,” Shaharyar said.

He said the Pakistan team had got a very good response in Bangladesh during their just-concluded tour.

“We lost the ODI and T20 series to them (Bangladesh) but while their fans enjoyed their team’s success they were also very happy to encourage our players.

“The fans were happy to witness Pakistan visiting their country for a series,” Shaharyar said.

Shaharyar termed his visit to India as a “success”.

“I have known Jagmohan Dalmiya for a long time and had positive talks with him and he is also keen to resume bilateral ties. The signs from their (Indian) government was also very positive for restoration of ties,” he said.

“Indian government has shown great interest in the series which is being planned to be played in the UAE in December,” he stated.

“We have signed the MoUs in accordance with Future Tours Program.”

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