Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan revealed on Wednesday (January 15) that the decision to squeeze in a one-off ODI between their staggered tour of Pakistan was to help alleviate some of PCB's financial burden from having to host Bangladesh over three legs. The BCB chief revealed that PCB had even requested them to play an additional T20I in the third leg of the tour but that Bangladesh wanted it played as an ODI, which could serve as better practice ahead of the Test.
"Pakistan is facing a huge financial loss [for hosting us on three occasions] and the offered us to play one T20 [ahead of Test] as that will give them some revenue. Their cost has increased a lot as we are going three times and in this little time they cannot do marketing," Nazmul told reporters upon return from Dubai. "We needed practice match and we felt that if we played ODI than we can practice more [and they could also generate some revenue]," he said.
The boards of the two countries achieved a breakthrough on Tuesday after weeks of standoff chiefly due to the Bangladesh government not clearing a long tour of Pakistan. Bangladesh will now play two Tests, three T20Is and one ODI. However, the tour has been split into three parts with Bangladesh playing three T20Is, scheduled to be held between January 24 to 27. They will return to Pakistan to play the first Test, starting on February 7 before Pakistan's players partake in the PSL. Bangladesh will then return to play that solitary ODI on April 3 before the second Test commences on April 5.
Nazmul also expressed surprise that the decision to split the tour has been met with criticism given that BCB had only acted as per the directives of the government. "The Government told us for short stay and what we were saying it is exactly written there [in the MOU]. We will play the Test matches after considering the situation and we are still maintaining it[ as far as the tour is concerned].
"I do not know why they are criticizing and I am finding it strange because we always said we will play the T20 first and it remained the same way," he concluded.