Buoyed by their last-over win over arch-foes India, a rejuvenated Pakistan will look to seal a berth in the title clash as they lock horns with beleaguered hosts Bangladesh in their last round-robin Asia Cup match here on Tuesday.
Former captain Shahid Afridi feels under current situation no international team will tour Pakistan and advised the PCB to stop trying to convince weak teams such as Bangladesh to play in their country.
The Pakistan Cricket Board appears to be heading for a confrontation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board after indicating to its counterpart that it would not be possible to send its players for the Bangladesh Premier League unless the BCB fulfills its commitment of touring Pakistan .
Despite making the Super Eights of the ICC World Twenty20 with a clinical win over Bangladesh, Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez conceded that there is still room for improvement in the pace bowling department.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has not given up hope on getting Bangladesh to fulfill its commitment of playing in the country and has termed the writ petition filed in the Dhaka High Court against the tour as devoid of merit and not in public interest.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif claim about the federal government not cooperating with the province on security issues relating to the upcoming tour by Bangladesh has set the alarm bells ringing ahead of the much-anticipated matches.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has ruled out any chance of playing Bangladesh at a neutral venue next month if the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) refuses to send its team to Pakistan. A senior official of the Pakistan Board made it clear that there were absolutely no plans of hosting Bangladesh in the UAE or any other neutral venue if they did not come to Pakistan to play the three-match ODI series.
Pakistan`s flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi paid rich tributes to Bangladesh, which lost by just two runs to his team in the Asia Cup finals, saying the minnows were as good as the mighty Australians in the clash.
They came agonisingly close to clinching their first Asia Cup title before losing to Pakistan by just two runs and Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur Rahim said it was the dismissals of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib-Al-Hasan that proved to be the turning point of the final.
The ICC has agreed to recognise the planned One-day series between Pakistan and Bangladesh as official One-day Internationals despite granting special dispensation to the two boards to post local match officials in the bilateral series.