The PCB has ruled out any possibility of playing Bangladesh at a neutral place next month if the BCB turns down to send its team to Pakistan. A senior official of the PCB made it clear that there were absolutely no options of hosting Bangladesh in the UAE or some other neutral place if they didn’t come to Pakistan to play the 3 match ODI series.
“The problem is that it would just not be cost-effective for us to play them at any neutral place,” said Subhan Ahmed, the COO of the PCB.The PCB had invited the Bangladesh board to send its squad to Pakistan next month for a short series but is still waiting for a reply from its counterpart. Ahmed mentioned that the BCB hadn’t replied either in yes or no but had accepted that with time running out it looked tough that the series would be organised in Pakistan.
“The scenario doesn”t look very optimistic. But there is no possibility we can play them at a neutral place,” he insisted. While the BCB authorities have delayed the final decision on sending their squad to Pakistan until the ICC board meeting next month in Dubai, Ahmed said by that time it would be too late to organise the series.