IT is very strange that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has declined to send its team to Pakistan, despite its written commitment, noted in the minutes of the ICC. The ICC is watching this drama from the sidelines.

The BCB management must know that security concerns are everywhere in this world. Recently, the West Indian cricket team’s bus was pelted with stones in Bangladesh after the host team lost the match against the West Indies with a huge margin. The BCB management should also know that many international events of different sports have been held peacefully in Pakistan in the recent past.

Moreover, the BCB should also be in the notice that in the last few days Pakistani and Indian hockey federations have signed an agreement of reciprocal hockey series to be played for five years wherein the series will commence with the Indian hockey team’s visit to Pakistan in March.

So, it will be better for the BCB to show its true colours and tell the world the real reasons for not going to Pakistan. The BCB should not hide behind the mantra of security concerns as the Bangladeshi security officials had openly declared that Pakistan’s security plan for the Bangladeshi cricketers was absolutely perfect and satisfactory. The ICC must tell the BCB that it has no right to play politics and unnecessarily malign Pakistan on security concerns which is a non-issue.

S. NAYYARUDDIN AHMAD     Lahore

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Ravi
January 6, 2013 7:47 am
Can you please explain that in detail?
Shahid Hussain Kanwer
January 7, 2013 1:05 pm
Yes i am 100% agree with this comment !
sanjay
January 6, 2013 10:10 am
India & usa is behind this conspiracy ha ha ha
sanjay
January 6, 2013 10:06 am
Pcb 1st stisfy icc then talk to world direct talk with other cricket board and icc warn them and not send umpire and pcb loose the point 1st to take icc under confidence
peddarowdy
January 6, 2013 3:26 pm
Yes, james. You are right. Delhi is unsafe for women at night. But, Pakistan is unsafe if you are a woman, Ahmadi, Sikh, Christian, Shia, Hindu,etc.. India might have its problems, but pales in comparison with Pakistan.
peddarowdy
January 6, 2013 3:29 pm
Cricket is a high profile event in Pakistan and hence, the chances of Terror attacks are very, very high. The only teams willing to visit Pakistan are the ones whose security situation is worse than Pakistan's. But, there aren't many countries below Pakistan, forget them having Cricket teams.
Nivit Kumar Yadav
January 5, 2013 8:02 am
Can the author clarify what is the politics BCB is playing?
Guru
January 5, 2013 8:03 am
Pak lost all moral authority to talk to others about security of sportsmen, when the visiting SL team barely lived to tell its tale in Lahore. Any issue with security will quickly escalate & become a nightmare. So if there is even a small chance, better to avoid the venue than run the risk.
mansoor
January 5, 2013 8:35 am
"Security in Pakistan is a non issue". How naive and ignorant. Even Pakistanis think 20 times before visiting Pakistan.
NORI
January 5, 2013 8:59 am
You seem to be too innocent to comment on such issue. I've Pakistani friends in Spain, who are trying to move to UAE for future employment (as Spain is struggling on economic front), but not to Pakistan. When asked why, they said it's the security that bothers them and don't want their children grow up in such an atmosphere. If that's what Pakistanis think, how come you expect foreigners to come and play ?
Brijesh
January 5, 2013 10:21 am
I think playing in Afghanistan or North Korea is much more safer than playing in Pakistan.
Shahid Hussain Kanwer
January 5, 2013 11:53 am
BCB is not playing politics present govt in Bangladesh is the culprit !
Krishna
January 5, 2013 4:49 pm
The author should introspect, if he was in the place of a non-pakistani and would he still visit Pakistan. Violence, terrorism, bomb-blasts, suicide attacks, target killings may be common for pakistanis but is not common for non-pakistanis
Adam
January 5, 2013 7:14 pm
I think all you should care about is, to pray to your Bhagwan for India's success tomorrow,against Pakistan
Muhammad Omer
January 5, 2013 7:47 pm
i think more Pakistanis live in Pakistan then abroad. So keep your comments to yourself
james
January 6, 2013 12:03 am
I have indian friends in Europe and they say in Delhi where a girl was gang raped and by passers watched, Its very dangerous to go outside. And they are planning to move to Dubai instead of India because of security reasons.
umer
January 6, 2013 12:28 am
The writer would perhaps recall that not in the too distant past it was the BCB which saved PCB the blues, by visiting Pakistan when Australia cancelled their tour due to security concerns.
james
January 6, 2013 3:26 pm
I am not sure about that but it seems you do enjoy coming here on a forum which has nothing to do with you and giving negative comments on a news which is irrelevent to you and make fun of concerned people. It tells one thing for sure that you are not well wishers for sure.
Balaji Prasad
January 6, 2013 5:27 pm
while I agree with the spirit of this article PCB's credibility would greatly increase if they are able to track down and prosecute the perpetrators of the attack on the Sri Lankan team.
Hasan
January 6, 2013 5:20 am
I agree. The present government has a historical anti Pakistan bias. No one can deny that.
Mayank
January 6, 2013 5:56 am
Absolutely! someone thinks stones and bombs are identical in their impact..god bless Pakistan
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