Bangladesh confirm Pakistan tour

Published: 23 December, 2012 08:27 IST | AFP |

Bangladesh have confirmed they will tour Pakistan next month for a short two-match series, becoming the first team to visit the country since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan squad in 2009, an official said on Saturday.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf said Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had announced the team’s intention to tour. “We were in constant touch with the BCB officials and they have conveyed to us that the tour is confirmed,” Ashraf said.

“They have also got approval from their board members and we are in touch for the schedule.” Foreign teams have shunned playing in Pakistan since gunmen opened fire on a convoy in Lahore, killing eight people and leaving seven Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach injured.

The attack pushed Pakistan into a cricket exile as the national team was forced to play their home series at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and England.

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