This is Bangladesh's first tour to Pakistan in 12 years, having last played a five-match one-day series and Asia Cup - both in 2008. DIG Operations Lahore Rai Babar Saeed told that seventeen SPs, 48 DSPs, 134 inspectors and 592 subordinate officers are performing duties. Officials of Pakistan Army and Rangers are performing duties and aerial monitoring is being conducted.
Bangladesh opted to bat at the Gaddafi Stadium in the first T20I. The DIG Operations has urged the citizens to cooperate with the security personnel.
Bangladesh were earlier reluctant to travel to Pakistan.
The first priority for skipper Babar Azam is to stay top of the world in the shortest worldwide version of the game.More news: China shuts down transport in eight cities around virus epicentre
Bangladesh will play three Twenty20 internationals - all in Lahore on Friday, Saturday and Monday before returning home.
Can Pakistan make a flying start in Lahore?
Pakistan's rise started in 2016 under Sarfaraz Ahmed as they won eleven consecutive Twenty20 series - before losing three on the trot. "We have planned accordingly, we have talked to the players that they should give 110 per cent since the focus is to continue the number one ranking".
The team remained in a slump in Australia late a year ago, losing 2-0 in the Twenty20s and by the same margin in two Tests.More news: All Flights From China's Wuhan to Moscow Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Outbreak - Airport
After the toss, Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah expressed the hope that his team would be able to post a decent total on a pitch where the average score is 130. Mahmudullah had no hesitation putting Pakistan out in the field; Pakistan lost all three T20Is at this venue against Sri Lanka when they were asked to chase. "We want to do well in Pakistan".
The Punjab Safe City Authority also said that cameras installed for security during the cricket series have been activated and would function 24/7.
The tour is of significance for Pakistan, as it is another step towards efforts to assure the world that the country is safe to host global cricket.More news: Olympic qualifiers moved from Wuhan due to virus outbreak