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Bangladesh Tour to Pakistan after 12 Years

PCB stands firm on ICC Future Tour Program:

Bangladesh finally agreed to tour Pakistan after 12 years. Before that, they were refusing to tour Pakistan over security concerns.

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and PCB MD Wasim Khan telling media about Bangladesh tour
PCB chairman Ehsan Mani and PCB MD Wasim Khan telling media about Bangladesh tour

In the past, PCB officials were unable to conquer the arguments between both the cricket boards. But this time credit should be given to new MD PCB Wasim Khan. He took a solid stance this time and clearly told ICC and BCB officials that Pakistan will not play its home series outside Pakistan at any cost.

Bangladesh split tour decession:

Bangladesh decided to tour Pakistan in splits. First they sent their team for 3 match T20I series.The series was held in Lahore from 23 January to 27 January 2020.

On completion, tigers will go home and will come back again on 6th February to play a test match in Rawalpindi. The ist test match will start on 7th February.

After this, they will again go home and will return on 2nd April 2020. In between Pakistan will host it’s own Pakistan Supet League season 5 from 20 February to 22 March.

Story of T20I Series:

First T20I (24 January 2020)

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers gave them a solid start of 74 runs. M Naim scored 43 runs while Tamim scored 39 runs. Some good pace bowling from Pakistan restricted tigers to 141/5 in 20 overs.

Man of the match Shoaib Malik scored unbeaten 58 runs in the ist t20I
Man of the match Shoaib Malik scored unbeaten 58 runs in the ist t20I

Pakistan chased down the total in 19.3 overs for the loss of 5 wickets. Shoaib Malik held the nerves and ensures a safe victory. Malik scored an unbeaten 58 runs.

2nd T20I (25 January 2020)

Tigers won the toss and batted first. They scored 136/6 in 20 overs. Tamim scored 65 runs. Hasnain from Pakistan took 2 wickets.

Babar Azam and Hafeez scored fifties in the 2nd T20I match against Bangladesh
Babar Azam and Hafeez scored fifties in the 2nd T20I match against Bangladesh

In reply,  it was Babar Azam and Hafeez show. Both batsmen made unbeaten fifties and Pakistan won the match in 16.4 overs and only lost 1 wicket.

3rd T20I (27 January 2020)

Who won the 3rd match ?? Pakistan??Bangladesh?? No , not at all. It was the persistent rain who won the third t20i.

Pakistan vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I match at Qaddafi stadium Lahore abandoned due to rain
Pakistan vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I match at Qaddafi stadium Lahore abandoned due to rain

Pakistan won the series by 2-0

Babar Azam declared man of the series.

Pakistan team after winning the T20I series against Bangladesh 2020
Pakistan team after winning the T20I series against Bangladesh 2020

Pakistan retained as Number 1 T20I Team:

Victorious Pakistan retained its number 1 spot in ICC T20I rankings. With this retention,  Pakistan becomes the only team in the T20I history to be at Number 1 spot for 2 years.

ICC T20I Rankings January 2020

    ICC T20I Rankings January 2020

Comebacks of Professor and Malik:

This series surely belongs to the veterans. Shoiab Malik and M Hafeez made their comebacks. Malik performed in the ist match and took his team to victory. M Hafeez played a vital role in the 2nd t20 match by scoring unbeaten 69 runs.

Both players proved that age is just a number. We need seniors too.

We wish good luck to both the teams for the upcoming matches. Pakistan is now a safe country for cricket. We welcome all the international teams who will tour Pakistan.

Kudos to MD Wasim Khan and whole PCB.

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