BIPIN DANI

MUMBAI - No woman players of Bangladesh cricket team have reservation over touring Pakistan, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) women's wing chairman MAA Choudhary. The BCB is all set to send its women's team to Pakistan next week. Following Zimbabwe's national men’s team touring Pakistan earlier, this will be the second full member of the ICC which will be sending a team, though women's, to Pakistan.

The players from other countries have refused to tour Pakistan ever since the terrorists attacked on vehicles carrying Sri Lankan players and ICC match officials during Lahore Test in March 2009.

Speaking exclusively over telephone from Dhaka, Awal Ch said: “The BCB's security team, which went to Pakistan and inspected the conditions over there, has submitted a positive report, so we confirm the tour.”"Our women's team will play two Twenty20 and two ODIs in Lahore and Karachi. The exact dates will be finalized soon after the arrival of the BCB chairman Nazmul Hassan Pappon,” he added. The BCB chief is holidaying in Canada.

The tour is likely to be immediately after the Eid festivals, it is learnt here. "The team has already been chosen by the selectors,” Awal Ch confirmed.

Interestingly, the same panel (Faruk Ahmed, Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar), who chose national men’s teams, are selecting the women's team as well. Chief selector Ahmed Farrukh is in India with Bangladesh A team.

Salma Khatun, 25-year-old captain of Bangladesh women team, when contacted in Dhaka, expressed pleasure over touring Pakistan. "I am very happy to lead the side there and hope it will be positive and fruitful tour.”