BCB seeks players’ consent for Pakistan tour, decision expected today

Amid uncertainty over Bangladesh’s scheduled tour of Pakistan, it has emerged that the BCB has started taking consent from players to travel to the country. While this is standard government-mandated procedure for every overseas tour, this is the first concrete sign of preparations for this particular one.

Equally significant is that a Test specialist confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that he had signed up to tour Pakistan; the BCB had earlier said that the national team is unlikely to take part in the Test series – and only play T20Is – and also denied reports that it had offered to play one Test in Pakistan and the other in Bangladesh.

It’s understood that the BCB will likely take the final decision after their January 12 board meeting. If the tour does go ahead, the departure date will be January 18, the day after the BPL final. We have also learnt that BCB president Nazmul Hassan will meet some of the team’s senior players on Tuesday evening for a final round of discussions on the matter.

More to follow…