Indian coaches of Bangladesh women's team refuse to travel for Pakistan tour
The Indian coaching staff of the Bangladesh women's cricket team including head coach Anju Jain will not be accompanying the side for the tour to Pakistan next month amidst the backdrop of political tensions between the neighbouring states.
Former Indian cricketer Anju, assistant coach Devika Palshikar and trainer Kavita Pandey are unwilling to travel to Pakistan for the five limited-overs fixtures against the hosts.
Bangladesh Cricket Board have thus appointed Dipu Roy Chowdhury as the interim coach for the series, which marks the team's first visit to the South Asian country since 2015.
The three Indian members of the coaching staff have instead been instructed to travel with the Bangladesh side to play the ACC Emerging Women's Asia Cup in Sri Lanka from October 20 to 28.
"We will have another team travelling to Sri Lanka almost at the same period. We've decided to send our Indian coaching staff to Sri Lanka instead of Pakistan to avoid any travel complications," BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.
The Bangladesh women's team is scheduled to play three T20Is and two ODIs at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium between October 26 and November 5.
Nizamuddin claimed the governing body was constantly in touch with the PCB regarding the security arrangments and closely assessing the ongoing Sri Lanka-Pakistan series in the country.
"We have started the process. Before confirming the series we are also planning to send someone to see the security arrangement for the Sri Lanka team in their ongoing series," he said.