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Pakistani stars barred from BPL


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The Khulna Royal Bengals will be the franchise most affected by the development, as they had bought the services of Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal (pictured), Awais Zia, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail and Bilawal Bhatti. -File photo

Bangladesh cricket chiefs said on Wednesday that Pakistan had refused to release any of its players for a Twenty20 competition which begins this week after a planned bilateral series had to be scrapped.

Pakistan had been due to host Bangladesh for a Twenty20 game and a 50-over match in Lahore this month in what would have been its first home internationals since a deadly attack on the Sri Lankan team bus nearly four years ago.

But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cancelled the tour, saying Pakistan was not safe for its players.

According to a BCB spokesman, Pakistan has now responded by preventing any of its stars from competing in the Bangladesh Premier League which begins Thursday.

“The chief executive officer of PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) called our CEO today and informed him that they won't allow Pakistani players to play in the BPL until we send our team to their country,” spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP.

“We've now decided to host the event without Pakistani players,” he said, adding the BPL's seven franchises would now find replacements for the 26 Pakistani players they bought in the auction last month.

The move represents a major blow for the second edition of the BPL since Pakistani cricketers have a big following in Bangladesh.

More than 50 Pakistani players took part in the auction for the second edition of BPL, with opening batsman Imran Nazir fetching $280,000.

Last year more than 20 Pakistani players took part in the inaugural edition, with all-rounder Shahid Afridi sold for the highest fee of $700,000.

No international matches have taken place in Pakistan since the militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus that killed eight people in March 2009.

Spokesman Yunus said Bangladesh has not ruled out touring Pakistan in the coming months but wanted to reassess the security situation before sending a team.

Bangladesh was also due to tour Pakistan last April, but the tour was blocked by the Dhaka High Court on security grounds.

Comments (82) Closed

Sameer Jan 16, 2013 02:14pm
banned? We refused to play in their league.. Get your facts right.
Vince Jan 17, 2013 08:36am
Bangladesh Cricket Board needs to behave in a civilized manner by honoring private and public agreements with PCB to tour Pakistan. Of all the teams Bangaldesh team should feel the most home and loved in Pakstan. Shame on BCB for bringing their own little petty politics in cricket. I say ignore them we have our own domestic circuit.
Ranzit Jan 16, 2013 07:09pm
You have enough enemies, why to get another one? Specially when B'desh is not actually your enemy. Learn how to work together. Pride and war will not give anything other than destruction. See you face in a mirror, your economic growth is 3.2% where B'desh expecting 7.3%. 1 B'desh Taka = 1.23 Pakistani rupee. By 2015 Bangladesh will take over 2nd position in south asia economy after India. You are just broken. Its time to make friends not enemies.
Muba Khan Jan 16, 2013 02:11pm
Poor Pakistanis? Do you even know how much money a national level player makes? How about having some respect for their country and working with their board to bring cricket back to their country? I am a proud Pakistani and I think not letting players go to BPL is a good decision.
Dr Khan Jan 16, 2013 02:25pm
Good decision, we support PCB.
Mohib Jan 16, 2013 06:48pm
Thanks to PCB for not to send their players to play in Bangladesh Premier League ( BPL ) . Now we can enjoy some exciting real cricket without any match fixing scandal .
Ranzit Jan 16, 2013 06:44pm
By doing this, PCB again proved that how autocratic their so called democracy is. Bangladesh was not coming, there was a reason for that. Remember, this is not only BCB decision, even though BCB would decide to come, someone can just go to the course and stop this as b4. But what Pakistan can do, allow this cricketers to play and have BCB rethink their strategy. Bangladeshi people don't think Pak people as enemies. By doing this, PCB could get their support. Bangladesh economy is booming 7.2% growth expecting this year. Last 10 years growth was atleast 6%. Means, B'desh have money and with money you can buy any player. But Pak just dropped the ball. Now it would be new era of cricket politics. More importantly. B'desh people would be dishearten and you will see that reflection soon.
pidtis Jan 16, 2013 06:36pm
all the Pakistani players. It's public news.
Ali Jan 16, 2013 03:40pm
I think PCB should not go tit for tat. If others are negative, we should be positive.
Imdadul Jan 16, 2013 05:25pm
Dose Pakistan is safe for International Cricket? If it is then why you call only Bangladesh, why others countries are not wish to play in Pakistan?
Zee from USA Jan 16, 2013 06:01pm
Agree with the PCB decision. I like Zaka Ashraf. He is no hot headed person and took this decision carefully. If BCB does not honor its commitments (which they made knowingly and after reviewing security arrangements), then how can Bangladesh expect Pakistan to help them.
Ahmed Sultan (India) Jan 17, 2013 04:57am
Afridi, he's dying to play in IPL
John Jan 17, 2013 08:22am
Another non-tolerant muslim.
Ip Jan 17, 2013 04:53am
Rauf: in an ideal world, yes, they should remain separate. But this was bound to happen sometime or the other. The Pakistani Government has always showcased sporting ties with India, for example, as proof that they were reaching out for peace, while at the same time being unable to stop their own military establishment from fomenting trouble on the border, hobnobbing with terrorist elements that target the same country that the Govt is pretending to cosy up to. In a world as transparent as it is today, you cannot run with the hares and hunt with the hounds. Most reasonable governments will wisen up after sometime, and will stop being enablers of bad behavior. And sporting ties are a big enabler.
Imdadul Jan 16, 2013 05:32pm
Do you see what is your present condition? Now Pakistan is a country which is going down. Before saying others look yourselves.
Shakil Jan 17, 2013 09:11am
Alas ! 10 years ..... and now Pakistan is facing the worst consequence. We are ashamed , bangladeshi brothers.
Hasan Jan 16, 2013 05:08pm
This is not about the security situation this is about the way BCB has dealt with the PCB. In other words its about principle. Time and time again they have said yes and no to touring Pakistan and by giving the false hope to the PCB about touring, they took favors. The PCB has time and time again been very supportive of BCB, heck the PCB allowed them to play domestic cricket when no one was willing to support them back in the day. BCB should remember all the favors the PCB has done for them and in return the PCB got jack squat! If I were the PCB it would be easier to deal with the BCCI than the BCB. What a bunch of turncoats!
Karachi Wala Jan 16, 2013 12:27pm
In the light of ongoing chaos and law and order situation, I do not blame any of the teams not wanting to tour Pakistan. Still, it is a pity that Pakistan has to beg 2nd rated in ODI and T20 and 3rd rated Test playing nation like Bangladesh. The situation is nothing but pathetic.
Shams Jan 16, 2013 05:55pm
May the shortage of water in your country provoked your forefathers to invade our country.
Ali Shah Jan 16, 2013 12:25pm
This is ridiculous. Does the PCB really expect any foreign team to come and play in Pakistan with this kind of a security situation?
Satyameva Jayate Jan 17, 2013 03:26am
Waiting for AFRIDI'S REACTION! I hope Bangladesh players will still be allowed to play the high profile PPL
ranganath Jan 17, 2013 03:09am
Agree with you Mr.Muba. IPL is the reason of decline of the Indian Team.
nazib Jan 16, 2013 05:04pm
we love our Pakistani brother..we want to c our pak star to BPL.. we hope to c BD tour at PAKI soon as possible...!!!
sid Jan 17, 2013 01:47am
welldone pcb all pakistani nation support on on this decsion
AKAK Jan 17, 2013 01:39am
Bang la can not run without of India interfering Bangladesh has no choice but to fallow India Pakistan team is doing much better then India and Bangla both put together Pakistan zindabad. Long live PCB it is the correct decision by PCB.!!!
Akash Jan 17, 2013 07:43am
If Syrian government ask Pakistan Cricket Team to play a friendly match into their country right now, will they play over there? If no then i should say BCB has taken a brave decision for not sending their team to play in Pakistan while the security condition is not up to the level. Dear all Pakistani brother we are definately want to tour your country but you all should realise the security situation also. Even though the bomb has been blast in Janaja Namaz also how could PCB arrange an international game? If anything happen to the foreign player again then Pakistan will lost the chance forever to host international cricket. Now, the decision for not sending the Pakistani player to BPL is the worse decision, i think some one spoil Mr. Zaka's name.
Bokul Jan 16, 2013 04:01pm
Another suicide attack in by PCB. Even PK players are allowed later, BPL teams will now seriously think before including any PK players in their team...
Obaid Jan 16, 2013 04:00pm
This is absurd that players who make their living are barred by the corrupt PCB. How will they be earning money for living-most of them are not playing for the team any ways...This is really shameful on part of PCB..
Rauf Jan 16, 2013 04:39pm
Politics and sports should remain separate. There is not doubt that security is an issue in Pakistan and is a reality. PCB should have allowed players to participate in BPL. Its a bad decision and not good for cricket.
Sanjay Jan 17, 2013 01:13am
zaka ashraf is tried his best to pak player apprence in ipl all pak player have shown keen intrest to play ipl
Blues Jan 17, 2013 06:45am
The news got twisted here, rather go to cricinfo for the original news, what I heard BCB was agreed to send BD team to pakistan after security check. But PCB day before yesterday said to BCB that if BCB can't confirm the date of BD teams arrival in Pakistan they won't leave Pak players for BPL. Later BPL has no alternative but to proceed with pak players. How funny to see the Dawn type twisting. What I found its a total blackmail from PCB side.
Devil Jan 17, 2013 09:42am
Its amazing to see how you guys drag India in everything ! :-) ! India-Phobic ?
Krishna Jan 16, 2013 01:15pm
Poor pakistani players might be cursing their nation, their political leaders, their cricket board for interfering in their earnings from their lucrative deals with IPL, BPL, Big bash etc..
Hindu Jan 16, 2013 01:11pm
Pakistan players are barred from IPL.
HHHhhhhhhh Jan 16, 2013 01:13pm
Hahaha Pakistanis are banned from every possible thing..Serves them right...
dawood Jan 17, 2013 06:02am
Write properly so people can read u
Bhatti Jan 16, 2013 12:53pm
Tit for tat is certainly not a good omen for cricket sport, but I think Pakistan had not been left with any other choice. There are political undertones in Bangadesh (BD) which are very strong which will use every opportunity to ensure that the tour does not go ahead as planned and as promised. I have just returned from Dhaka after having watched the celebration of Majibur Rehman return from Pakistan and have clearly noted the hatred sentiments of the current regime about Pakistan. It always happens that Sheikh Hassina regime is more inclined towards India than Pakistan. I dont think that the visit of BD cricket team is going to happen in near future of this reason. The retaliation from PCB by barring players is also understandable under the current political situation in Pakistan. PCB chairman has been appointed by Zardari whose political party is feared to lose the next general election and with that the position of Zaka is hanging on weak thread. He can take such bold step as he has nothing to lose. At the end of the day it is the game cricket that is going to suffer, which is very very sad.
raj Jan 16, 2013 12:59pm
Excellent! No players from you know where now a lot of money will be saved there was really no need for that many foreign players anyway and from now on, should be cut back from 60 to 40 with none of them from you know where. Also this means that no more tour to you know where and in future BPL, don't have to bother wasting time to sign players from you know where plus other of Bangladesh domestic tournaments like DPL. This will also mean less problems for BPL and also taught PCB that blackmailing won't be tolerated by anyone including minnow teams :) Also news broke in that Mohammad Nabi is likely to play in BPL afghan fans so there's some good news for you guys hope more come plus from other countries like Ireland, West Indies, Australia etc.
Zack Jan 17, 2013 12:05am
Very good decision by PCB. 100% support for it.
Arsalan Jan 17, 2013 12:05am
So for all international players, who played first edition of BPL ,are yet to be paid by Bangladesh cricket board
Sharique Jan 16, 2013 11:26pm
PCB is just being egoistic, anyone can see that security in the country is not good, its not good for the locals so how can you expect International players to risk their lives to come and play in Pakistan. This decision will hurt ties with BCB and also deprive players financially.
Arsalan Jan 16, 2013 11:31pm
So for all international players, who played first edition of BPL ,are yet to be paid by Bangladesh cricket board ....BPL stands for Bangladesh Payless League.
Abdullah Hussain Jan 16, 2013 12:45pm
A very good decision by PCB. There is no need to send our players to play in Bangladesh unless they stop taking dictation
Nair Jan 16, 2013 12:42pm
Another lost opportunity for Pakistan!!!!!!!!
zubair farabi Jan 17, 2013 01:48pm
As a Bangladeshi I think BCB should send his team to Pakistan by getting proper security. BCB and PCB should immediately arrange face to face meeting to clear the mesh up and being friendly. I hope BCB will be by the side of PCB as Pakistani brother need us. Don't worry bad time doesn't stay long.
Akil Akhtar Jan 16, 2013 10:42pm
another tolerant non muslim
Akil Akhtar Jan 16, 2013 10:41pm
would indians support an indian player playing in Pakistan without being hounded to the end of the world in india.
syed Jan 16, 2013 01:42pm
who wants to play in IPL anyways. it sucks!!!
Khan Jan 16, 2013 01:39pm
u r 100% right. indian supported bangali govt is getting dictation from delli for every move. recently international players came to Pakistan and played there. None of the Pak neighbours will help Pakistan to bring International cricket to Pak. Pak people need to struggle and struggle hard. I support PCB decision. They should approach western cricket playing countries leaving behind jealous neighbours. I am sure things will change soon.
Tahir Ali Jan 16, 2013 01:07pm
Good decision by PCB. 100% agree
S.S. Jan 17, 2013 06:58am
The Bangladesh cricket Board announced that they will play in Pakistan because they want to visit and play cricket in Pakistan. However, it is simply not prudent for any foreign cricket board to allow their teams to play in Pakistan under current risky environment. God forbid, should some tragic event occur (remember what happened to the Sri Lankan team), who is going to take responsibility? Until Pakistan gets in act together it is an unwarranted risk that no foreign teams would likely undertake. It is indeed a loss for those who love cricket.
Fouad Jan 16, 2013 10:22pm
This is the policy of Hasena Wajid Government not to have any Political, business and Sports relation with Pakistan. Lets hope that Khalida Zia Government comes in this year election and all political, business and sports relationship resumes with Pakistan again.
Salman Saifi Jan 16, 2013 10:17pm
your comment is not correct. Our cricketers make very decent money from endorsements, board and county cricket.
Salman Saifi Jan 16, 2013 10:15pm
I can understand the frustration in PCB's refusal. Pakistan Cricket team is a living legacy, no one in their right minds can undermine its status in the cricketing world. Green shirts rule
Salman Saifi Jan 16, 2013 10:13pm
I am glad that PCB banned its players from BPL. Life is never a one way street.
Mian Mithu Jan 16, 2013 10:10pm
Some will sell....just about anything for an opportunity
Mian Mithu Jan 16, 2013 10:08pm
THe BPL still owes players fees from the last round........
ish Jan 16, 2013 03:45pm
"Spokesman Yunus said Bangladesh has not ruled out touring Pakistan in the coming months but wanted to reassess the security situation before sending a team." Every cricket playing nation has taken the same view. Security remains the top concern for visitors and unfortunately remain so for the near future.
artem Jan 16, 2013 03:11pm
LoL ..good one. From now on paki players will be considered a liability and never taken in any league.
Amir Jan 16, 2013 03:13pm
Good decision by Pakistan Cricket Board... 10 years ago no-one heard about bangladesh in the world of cricket!!! Crap team and flood prone country... Well done PCB, Pakistan Zindabad...
indian Jan 16, 2013 09:09pm
given d current turmoil i think bcb has done d right pcb reaction is uncalled for
harun Jan 16, 2013 03:04pm
PCB will make its cricketers die in penury,now if they miss out on making a living ,these blokes will fix games for sure. Pakistan is a enemy of its own people,why blame others.
Dr Khan Jan 16, 2013 02:22pm
I see no difference between IPL & WWF. Thanks God Pakistan is not part of it.
John Jan 16, 2013 03:00pm
False pride and ego must come tumbling down.
Sameer Jan 16, 2013 02:59pm
Yeap, dictation from BCCI. Agreed.
Sameer Jan 16, 2013 02:59pm
No, not really. Sometimes pride is more important than money. Begging a team like BD is more than enough now. We tried twice, they accepted and then went back on their promise. Let them attract more players for their league without our players.
Sameer Jan 16, 2013 02:54pm
so? you guys are just afraid of us beating you once again :-)
Sameer Jan 16, 2013 02:58pm
thank you for being so supportive of Pakistan. Because of your kind of Pakistanis we dont need enemies.
Allan DeSouza Jan 16, 2013 02:45pm
Why does the PCB shoot itself in the foot? Only the PCB playing members are going to suffer the most from this action. They are already banned from IPL? Hardly wanted in Big Bash League so what is left? It's own T20 league? and which foreign players are going to play in that? Ones that are retired MAYBE.
sultan Jan 16, 2013 02:47pm
Then why the hell are bangladesh cricket board saying time and time again that they will come? Mufat mein icc vice president ki seat de di!
Hahahaha Jan 16, 2013 02:43pm
Now we will have 100% participation by Pakistani players in PPL.
Cairo Jan 16, 2013 08:39pm
Bro, Bangladesh willingly not coming, they planning to come after requesting of PCB.
Talha Jan 16, 2013 02:08pm
well done PCB. many thanks fo closing this bengali chapter.
does not matter Jan 17, 2013 05:01am
Strange. A muslim nation not helping out their fellow muslim brothers and blame goes to BCCI.
Jugadi Man Jan 16, 2013 08:27pm
I couldnot understand if PCB is dumb or acting dumb. Why it is so hard for PCB to accept that Pak is not a safe place to visit and play Cricket. When Pak ministers and army are not safe , how can one come an dplay in Pakistan. Bangladesh is correct in their stand.
skeptic Jan 17, 2013 04:17pm
which article was that. i go to cricinfo regular ,never seen anything like this reported.
Taher Zunayed Jan 17, 2013 09:13am
And lets not forget the major source --- Match fixing .........
Muba Khan Jan 16, 2013 02:14pm
Haha..That's why they just beat the best team in the world?
HNY2013 Jan 17, 2013 05:01am
knock knock ..... sometime very recently floods hit Pakistan. If Pakistan stops playing 10 years from now no one will hear about them!
usm Jan 16, 2013 07:53pm
Why would they be cursing their nation for PCBs decision?
Tahur Jan 16, 2013 02:28pm
I agree with you.
Muba Khan Jan 16, 2013 02:17pm
IPL is the reason of Indian team's decline in ODI's. Listen to Gavaskar's interview after the 3rd ODI against PAK