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“All of Pakistan’s matches will take place in Pakistan”, Ehsan Mani

Couple of hours after Pakistan sealed the test match against Sri Lanka with a much needed and an awesome victory to move forward in the ICC Test championship table and to regain their reputation which they had lost followed by their many defeats since the ICC World Cup 2019 matches, Chairman of The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Ehsan Mani has denounced that, the home series from now on, will be conducted in Pakistan.

It seems like Pakistan’s time of hosting international cricket is back now. Since 2009, it was the first time Pakistan has hosted a test match. Ehsan Mani on the matter has said,

“Absolutely no doubt, Pakistan would play all home series within the country going forward.”

According to the reliable sources, Bangladesh are willing to play a T20 series in Pakistan but, don’t want to play a Test there. Pakistan’s head coach and chief selector Misbah ul Haq on Sunday on the relevant matter said that,

“Bangladesh had no excuse not to tour, while Test skipper, Azhar Ali urged the ICC to get involved should such a scenario come up.”

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“No one should be under any misapprehension as to where Pakistan’s home Tests will take place,” Ehsan Mani said at a press interaction. “All of Pakistan’s matches, against Bangladesh or anyone else, will take place in Pakistan. I still hope the BCB will reflect on the matter and accept there is no reason for them not to visit Pakistan.

“If Sri Lanka can come and bringing them was very high-risk then it is safe. If anything even minor had happened, people would have said it isn’t safe to come. But they trusted the people here and came and they [the ones that opted out] said they wished they had come for the limited-overs series as well, because what they’ve been told and the ground realities are very different.”

He added,

“The Bangladesh women’s team came to Pakistan, as well as the Under-16 team, and they went back very happy. So we don’t want them to be in any doubt that if they play us, it will be in Pakistan.”

However, Bangladesh have presented ‘security’ as a reason for not coming to play tests. In a newspaper, BCB have written,

 “When we will receive feedback from the Sri Lankans about how security matters were dealt with, hopefully we’ll think again and decide to tour.”

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