Karachi: The cricket-starved Pakistan team will tour Bangladesh early in 2002 to play two Tests and three One-day Internationals, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday.
| Pakistan's international schedule has been badly affected since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and the subsequent US action in neighbouring Afghanistan. New Zealand cancelled its planned tour of Pakistan mid-September, saying it feared for the safety of its players, while a Pakistani suggestion for a short One-day series against Sri Lanka failed to materialize. The Pakistanis have played only one Test since returning from their tour of England in June 2001, beating Bangladesh by an innings at Multan in late August. They also featured the tri-nations One-day tournament in Sharjah in October. The Pakistan team will fly to Dhaka on January 3 and will start the tour with a three-day game against the Bangladesh 'A' team on the outskirts of Dhaka from January 5. They take on Bangladesh in the first Test at Dhaka starting January 9. Chittagong will host the second Test from January 16 while the three One-day games will be played at Chittagong (January 22), Dhaka (January 25, day/night) and Dhaka (January 26, day/night). The tour will mark the first by Pakistan to Bangladesh since the country was accorded Test status in June in 2000. Twenty-five probables are currently training in a camp in Lahore, with the team for the tour expected to be announced on December 22. |