Lockdown in Bangladesh delays departure of Pakistan Under-19 team; no change in number of matches

By our correspondent

KARACHI: Pakistan Under-19 cricket team will now tour Bangladesh from Saturday, April 17, instead of the original April 11 schedule, the PCB said on Tuesday.

The tour has been delayed by six days due to the ongoing lockdown in Bangladesh, the Board said. “Over the course of the last two days, the Pakistan Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket Board worked out an alternate schedule for the tour to ensure the tour takes place in a safe and secure environment (bio-secure bubble). There has been no change in the number of matches,” the Board said.

Pakistan Under-19 and Bangladesh Under-19 will play a four-day match in Sylhet from 23 April, followed by a series of five 50-over matches. The first three 50-over matches will be played in Sylhet followed by the last two matches in Dhaka.

At the conclusion of the tour, Pakistan Under-19 will embark on their return journey on 10 May. Meanwhile, the final 17-member squad for the tour will be announced shortly, the Board said. “The squad will continue to train in Lahore till their departure. From 12 April, the camp that is presently taking place at the Gaddafi Stadium, will be shifted to the National High Performance Centre.”

Pakistan U19 squad for Bangladesh tour (revised schedule):

Tour schedule:

17 April – Departure for Dhaka

23-26 April – Four-day match; SICS, Sylhet

30 April – 1st 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet

2 May – 2nd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet

4 May – 3rd 50-over match; SICS, Sylhet

7 May – 4th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka

9 May – 5th 50-over match; SBNCS, Dhaka

10 May – Team return to Pakistan