No Pakistani cricketers for BPL Season 2

PCB will not allow their cricketers to feature in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) 2nd season if the country’s cricket board decides against sending its national side here for a much-awaited series. As per the sources, PCB chiefs are very unhappy over BCB’s reluctance to send its squad to Pakistan for a ODIs series that is likely to the pave the path for the return of international cricket in Pakistan.

PCB will block its cricketers’ participation in the 2nd season of BPL in case the Bangladeshis make a decision against sending their side to Pakistan, said a source. Pakistani players including Shahid Afridi were the single main reason why the first season of BPL, which concluded on February 29, turned out to be a very successful tournament. Over 20 Pakistani players featured in the BPL, a T20 league that was Bangladesh’s version of the IPL. PCB are eager to host Bangladesh for a ODIs series in Lahore and Karachi next month in its bid to restart international cricket in the country. Pakistan haven’t hosted international teams since March 2009.

A Bangladeshi delegation visited Pakistan recently to examine safety measures for the proposed series. Mustafa Kamal – president of BCB- who led the delegation, informed senior PCB officials that he was pleased with the safety measures. However, BCB has said that a ultimate decision on the tour depends on its govt approval.

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