The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon said that he will surely raise the issue of New Zealand cricket team’s pulling out from the Pakistan tour in the next ICC meeting.
“To be honest I’m not sure why they (New Zealand) pulled out but certainly it was not right,” Nazmul told The Daily Sun when his attention was drawn after a BCB Directors’ Meeting at the BCB headquarter on Tuesday.
“Certainly this issue (New Zealand pulling out at the last minute without sharing threat details with PCB) will be raised in the ICC meeting and it needs to be sorted out,” he added.
The Pakistan Cricket Board suffered two setbacks in recent days as New Zealand pulled out in the middle of a tour which was followed by the ECB’s decision to abandon their upcoming tour of Pakistan.
England have also pulled out of their women’s team tour to Pakistan scheduled in October which they confirmed on September 20 and it came just three days after New Zealand abandoned their limited-over tour of Pakistan just a few minutes before the start of the first ODI in Rawalpindi.
The PCB President Ramiz Raja heavily criticized the New Zealand Cricket and ECB and informed that he will raise the issue in the next ICC meeting.
Meanwhile, Nazmul backed their decision of not travelling to Pakistan after the PCB requested them for a series following the recent setback.
Nazmul believed that it would have hampered their World Cup preparation plan as they were more interested in sending a second-string team to Pakistan.
The PCB had reached out to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for a short series in the country to make up for the cancellation of the New Zealand tour but since players from both nations had prior commitments, no series could be planned.
It’s understood that cricket boards from the Asian block will try to sort out the matter as soon as possible considering if the trend continues it might have a huge impact in the long run.