Pakistan "safest country"; Chris Gayle advises Bangladesh to go ahead with tour

West Indian superstar Chris Gayle has declared Pakistan "one of the safest countries" to play in while advising Bangladesh to proceed with a scheduled tour whose future remains uncertain.

While representing Chattogram Challengers in the Bangladesh Premier League, Gayle told media that the talk of his retirement is premature. " I can still play for four or five years and will try to play for as long as possible," he said while adding that he loved the sport and still nursed a passion for it.

"Crickets fans want to see Chris Gayle. I will try to play for as long as I can," he said, dispelling rumors of his bidding farewell to the game.

Answering a question about whether he considers Pakistan a safe country to play in, Gayle categorically said, "Right now Pakistan is one of the safest countries. Visiting teams get the same security as the head of the state. Therefore, it must be visited," he said.

The Bangladesh cricket team was scheduled to play T20 and tests in Pakistan during January. However Bangladesh Cricket Board has proposed to send the team for just the T20 matches while stating that they will reconsider whether to send the team for test matches.

Pakistan Cricket Board, on the other hand, has rejected the proposal while stating that the visitors must play both formats of the game, T20 matches alone will not be hosted.

As a result of negotiations between the two Boards, Bangladesh has softened its stance, asking for time to come to a final decision.