LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has claimed that the Bangladesh is ready to tour Pakistan but didn’t disclose the plans when the series will take place.

Talking to the reporters here on Monday, Shaharyar, who just returned from Bangladesh, where he witnessed the low-scoring tie between Pakistan and India, said: “Bangladesh have agreed to tour to Pakistan soon, with matches being planned in Karachi and Lahore.”

The PCB chief confirmed that Pakistan team would also be taking part in the upcoming World T20 in India. “Pakistan team will be travelling to India to play the World Twenty20, and the security of our national team is the responsibility of the Indian government and authorities,” he said and added: “When the Indians came to Pakistan in 2004 and 2006, we gave them top security and hopefully, the same would be done to Pakistan as well.”

To a query regarding hiring the services of Sir Vivian Richards as national team mentor for the World T20, Shaharyar said that the board did put an offer on the table but the terms could not be agreed. It has been learnt that the PCB was willing to give $30,000 to Richards for both the Asia Cup and World T20, but he decided to instead work with PTV Sports as an expert.

When asked T20 skipper Shahid Afridi was thinking about carrying on after the World T20, despite suggesting earlier that he would retire from cricket after the mega event in India, Shaharyar felt that Afridi needed to talk to the board if he was having the second thoughts about retiring. “I have heard reports that Afridi is thinking about continuing after the World T20. Whenever I get the chance, I will talk to Afridi because we won’t force anyone to retire. It was his decision and when we were appointing him as T20 captain, it was his wish to continue till the World T20 as skipper.” The PCB chairman suggested that Afridi might not remain captain after the World T20, even if he did decide to play on.

“I would urge him to talk to the PCB rather than going to the media. If he wants to continue then we will decide whether he should be retained as a player or as a captain.”

Lauding fast-bowling sensation M Aamir after his brilliant spell against India, which was also acknowledged by Indian captain MS Dhoni and vice-captain Virat Kohli, Shaharyar said: “Everybody has been talking about Aamir’s spell in Bangladesh, saying they haven’t seen one like that for quite a long time. I hope that Pakistan’s performances will improve.”

The PCB chief also praised Kohli for his match-winning 49. “Kohli gave everyone a lesson in batting. His innings was a great reminder of how to bat on a difficult pitch.”