Bangladesh declines PCB offer to play day-night Test in Karachi

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DHAKA: The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has turned down an offer from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to play a day-night Test match in Pakistan.

“The board understands their [team management] point of view and, after taking everything into consideration, we have decided not to play day-night Test in Pakistan,” the BCB official added.

The PCB had requested that Bangladesh play the second and final Test of the series, starting on April 5 in Karachi, under lights with the pink ball.

BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said the Bangladesh team management is of the opinion that the team is not ready for a day-night Test and that the challenge should not be taken without proper preparation.

“We have spoken with our team management and they are not ready to play a day-night Test at the moment, due to lack of preparation,” Nizamuddin was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.

In their only day-night Test to date, Bangladesh suffered defeat at the hands of India by an innings and 46 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November last year.

Bangladesh is currently touring Pakistan for the first time since 2008, and the experience has not been pleasant, so far. Two legs of the three-phase tour have already been completed, but the tourists are yet to taste victory.

In the third phase of the series, Bangladesh will play alone ODI on April 3 before the second and final Test starts on April 5.

Both the games will be played at the National Stadium, Karachi.

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