The Bangladesh cricket team was scheduled to return last night from Lahore after a disappointing three-match T20I series against Pakistan. The home side had already won the series 2-0 before yesterday’s third match at the Gaddafi Stadium was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to incessant rain.
Bangladesh’s batting was far behind the level of energy required in T20 cricket, which helped Pakistan win the first match by five wickets on Friday and the second by nine wickets the next day.
The win in the series, which the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had finally agreed to after a lot of discussions over security issues in Pakistan, helped Pakistan hang on to their number one ranking in T20Is and skipper Babar Azam credited his bowlers for the triumph. Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad admitted yesterday that their performance in the series was disappointing.
Bangladesh will travel to Pakistan again on February 5 to play the first of two Tests in Rawalpindi. In the third phase of the tour, the Tigers will play an ODI on April 3 in Karachi, before playing the second Test starting April 7.