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BCB offers to host Indo-Pak series

61Bangladesh are likely to host the bilateral series between India and Pakistan after the two archrivals are closer to break the ice of their cricketing relations. Last time the two countries played a bilateral series was in 2007 when India hosted Pakistan. The current series might be comprised of several ODIs, Tests and Twenty20 matches as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan is in India currently to discuss the matter.
The PCB chairman, who came here in Dhaka accompanied by his wife to witness the second and last Test between Bangladesh and Pakistan, flew for Kolkata from Dhaka to meet the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya.
“The plans are for a series of several ODIs, Test matches and T20s to be played between India and Pakistan. We are planning to host the series this winter and hopefully we can,” Khan told the journalists in Kolkata after his meeting with Dalmiya.
“Why host these matches (India-Pakistan) in UAE when we are offering you a full house for these matches,” Khan quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board officials as saying.
“We will consider Bangladesh and other countries for hosting India-Pakistan matches until such time we cannot host them in India and Pakistan,” he told journalists.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury acknowledged the matter and said that the talk to host the series of deadlock-breaking relation between India and Pakistan in Bangladesh has been happening since last few months.
“This is nothing new,” Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said, adding, “We didn’t get any final decision from the both boards. We will get to know after the discussion of the government level as it is sensitive issue for both countries. The government will inform us if any thing happens.”