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‘No Pakistani to feature in BPL if Bangladesh refuses tour’

Published Dec 15, 2012 08:32pm

bangladesh cricket, pakistan cricket

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has conveyed to its Bangladesh counterpart that it will not permit any Pakistani to feature in next year’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) unless the country fulfils its commitment of sending the national team to Pakistan for a couple of limited-overs matches.

Well-informed sources have told Dawn the PCB has written a letter in a very diplomatic language, which signals a message that no Pakistan player will be issued NOC to take part in the next BPL unless Bangladesh ensure its national team is touring Pakistan.

Under the prior commitment, Bangladesh was scheduled to send the national squad to Pakistan in April this year for one ODI and a T20.

However, Bangladesh amid security concerns postponed the tour at the eleventh hour after intervention from the country’s high court. But now the PCB wants to get BCB assurance for the said tour before allowing its players to figure in the second edition of the BPL.

“We believe the letter will not upset Bangladesh because the language used in it is polite. However, it is expected to make them realise that they should fulfil their prior commitment [of touring Pakistan],” a source in the PCB said.

Sources say the PCB has made this courageous move towards the BCB knowing it has somehow restored better relationship with India — region and cricket’s commercial power — with Pakistan squad’s forthcoming visit to India being the clear evidence of it. It is to be noted that the PCB has withdrawn from all its major demands for the coming series in India, including relinquishment of monetary benefits from the series.

There have been media reports in the recent past that India was also creating problems for the PCB in resuming international cricket in Pakistan. But this time it seems no such hindrance will be created as the BCB will be forced to fulfil its commitment.

Sources further said the PCB can host Bangladesh at any of the four cities — Lahore, Mirpurkhas, Larkana or Rawalpindi.

According to sources, said the newly-built stadium in Larkana was almost complete and its inauguration was also around the corner.

Therefore, it can serve as an ideal venue for a short series (comprising one ODI and a T20), also getting international recognition in the process.

Comments (36) Closed

Reality Check Please?
Dec 16, 2012 01:38pm
I agree with you anil gupta... However, I must extend this a little further to all the countries in South Asia: 1) Pakistan desperate for Cricket to return to its grounds! 2) India is desperate to pick a fight with every board and ICC? 3) India is also desperate to ensure that Pakistan cricket is weakened (or worse - eliminated) so India can hold supremecy... 4) Bangladesh Cricket has failed for over 10 years so are trying to be famous for reasons other than Winning or Playing great Cricket Matches! 5) Amongst all the countries, the governments, fundementalists in all forms and in all countries are using Cricket as a tool to get some political mileage! I do however feel that India is a large player in the Sport and the region, THUS it needs to show leadership, level headedness and long-term vision against short-term pomp, money and power!
Dec 16, 2012 11:02pm
I am Pakistani, but i would also say that it is wrong decision by PCB. It is Bangladesh to decide if they want to visit or not and it is very different thing if Pakistani players have to participate. These two things should not be connected. I would say it is better at this time for Pakistan not to host cricket and they should host once they are confident and i would say wait for the right time not to host now.
Dec 16, 2012 11:27am
Cricketers from Punjab and KP refused to play in Karachi for T-20 due to security reasons. Now on what ground PCB expects a foreign team to come and play here. KCCA did a good job by inviting great players but PCB got jealous and now they have to pay the price. Dont come BDesh
Reality Check Please?
Dec 17, 2012 05:33am
I agree with you partially on this but also need to flag that the BCB cut a deal with PCB on paper that if Pakistan supports their candidate for the top job in ICC....
Ashraf Alam
Dec 16, 2012 05:40pm
It is better to hold this series in UAE or Bangladesh, the security situation in Pakistan is terrible. I am a Pakistani but I still dont trust our security forces after what happened to the Sri Lankans .
Dec 16, 2012 05:39pm
As a Pakistani I dont fee safe to go and play in pakistan why would any one else come and play. PCB should stop being illogical.
anil gupta
Dec 16, 2012 12:02pm
Pakistan board is showing too much desperation
Dec 16, 2012 01:44pm
Being a Banlgadeshi, I also want that BD tough Pakistan but honestly it scares me when it security issue, what happend in peshwar Airport last Night. Is Pakistan are really capable to give security to any international team? I have doubt.............sorry guys
Dec 17, 2012 04:31am
Being a Bangladeshi, I would like to play against Pak more and more. But, under the current circumstances of security, I will never agree to send BD team to Pakistan... Pakistan should not do nasty politics with cricket.
Reality Check Please?
Dec 16, 2012 01:30pm
what an idiotic statement...atleast in part if not fully!
Dec 16, 2012 12:15pm
No No No. Let Pakistani players come to Bangladesh. Afridi Akmal Saeed Ajmal Hafeez are all heroes here. Pakistan cannot provide security that is why BD is not going. But this action of not sending for BPL is not good for Pakistan. AZ, Malik Shaitan and Zaka please do not play politics with Cricket. We want Pak players to come to BD, please please please (plus our players are highly paid - dont deprive them of big money and Pakistan the Foreign Exchange)
Dec 20, 2012 08:13am
Its our fault, not Bangladesh. We are suffer from lack of security, why PCB invite foreign team?
Kazi Saab
Dec 16, 2012 09:29pm
Great job PCB. Blackmailing your friends because they don't want to tour Pakistan for security concerns. Handled it like true professionals! #idiots
Neutral Reality Check
Dec 17, 2012 02:36am
While I do agree with most of your arguments, I am not too sure of #3, especially your comment on supremacy. With no offense to anyone here, it should be recalled that PCB or Pakistan cricket is no where near Indian counterparts in terms of establishing supremacy even in the subcontinent, let alone the world where BCCI has established itself as the biggest player. Having said that, I do agree with your comments on the bigger role that BCCI should play in nurturing smaller boards like PCB, BCB and SLC.
Maroof Haroon
Dec 17, 2012 07:17am
Good decision taken by the PCB, we encourage them.
Dec 17, 2012 07:45am
Last time BD played it almost won the asia cup and won a ODI series against West indies. So i wonder if you are blind or live under a stone. Pakistan cricket board is showing too much desperation and playing before yesterday a rocket landed on pakistan which killed many peoples. If you can not even protect your own people how can you ensure our players safety ? Pakistan is a war zone.
Reality Check Please?
Dec 17, 2012 10:41am
Sorry Neutral....plz note: Supremacy...I meant in terms of ON THE FIELD...not through coercing other boards on to your agenda by waving sticks or money..........On the Field...Please check all the records in Tests, ODI, Sharjah etc and see the who has the on-field Supremecy! Must admt the recent past might have favoured India marginally! Now as for NURTURING, these are not little kids for BCCI....It should behave with mutual PCB, BCB or SLC are not BCCI's pet projects agsinst the Old Guard!
Reality Check Please?
Dec 17, 2012 10:44am
No....I am looking at the statistics......May should do the same for India and especially against Pakistan and when they are away.... Just because you keep on saying that the crow is white....does not change the facts!
Ashraf Alam
Dec 16, 2012 05:36pm
Well said.................
Ahmed Sultan (India)
Dec 17, 2012 05:04am
Well if Pakistan stops attacking the visiting cricketers then nobody will have a problem visiting pakistan.
Dec 16, 2012 04:53pm
I personally believe PCB has done the right job. In this materialistic world where no one cares about others interest, this is the right thing to do. BCB committed to PCB that their team will visit Pakistan in April 2012 provided if PCB supports their candidate in the ICC elections. PCB supported BCB candidate and after he was selected, what happened? BCB refused to visit Pakistan. Asian cricket boards should in-fact take initiatives and should send their teams to Pakistan for the interest of the Asian region. IPL walay to shukr kar k Pakistani players ko lain ge agar unka cricket board biased no hoa to. Pakistani players ki ik pehchan hai Alhamdolillah jisko poori world maanti hai. They perform much better without playing in leagues such as IPL. IPL is not the standard for scaling the skills of cricketers. Well done PCB and I personally support you on your this decision.
Shams Islam (@shams96)
Dec 17, 2012 04:59pm
I agree Pakistan, because of it's internal politics which messed up Pak cricket. No one else is to be blamed but Pakistan Government and pcb chairman when that attack on SL happened.
Dec 17, 2012 05:45pm
what sort of a logic is this?The issue is not whether Pakistan team has won more matches or it is more talented than India.That has no relevance.The issue is whether Pakistan is a safe country for International cricket.Another attack on BD players will be a death knell for Pakistani cricket and PCB.
Dec 17, 2012 07:34pm
B'desh is no more minnows..... They have better economic strength than Pakistan. A country organising BPL by his own resources can't be called minnows. It is PCB that will be at loss if Pakistani players won't play in BPL.
Dec 16, 2012 02:44pm
That would be a real big blow for this huge world class event,right????Pakistan is just too desperate and they can only bark on minnows like Bdesh..India had a commitment with them to play series in the last 2 years and they didn't even opt for a neutral venue which was a huge financial loss to Pakistan.Has anyone said anything about it?
Dec 16, 2012 02:40pm
Very biased,Pls tell me now Pakistan will also banned player to take part in Australia's T20 (BB) because Aussies also refuses to tour pak on same reason which Bangladesh gave.
Dec 16, 2012 08:20pm
With the exception of first and last point, I disagree with other points. Do not make other people scapegoats for the mess that you have created for yourself as well as others. India is not picking up fights with any board nor it is trying to weaken Pakistan cricket. Your own ill-feeling towards India is making you think that India is trying to weaken Pakistan cricket. Had the attacks not taken place against Sri Lanka cricket team in heart of Lahore, teams would have been willing to tour Pakistan with an assurance of additional security. That is the turning point. Pakistanis being accusatory without valid reason is not helping things either.
Dec 16, 2012 08:06pm
What is wrong with our cricket board? Coming from a Pakistani, hopefully cricket won't and shouldn't come back to the country before 2016. Even 2016 might be an understatement. There's no end in site to the havoc terrorism has wreaked upon us. Do you honestly feel Pakistan is closing on, on shutting down terrorism? I don't. Kudos Bangladesh. I wouldn't want the Pakistani cricket team visiting another country if it were under threat. My 11 year old second cousin got hit by a pellet yesterday in Peshawar. Truly sickening, our situation.
Shams Islam (@shams96)
Dec 17, 2012 04:50pm
Pakistan should concentrate on PPL.. We dont care if Bangladesh plays or not play in Pakistan. Frankly the world will not care if Bangladesh plays in Pakistan.
Dec 16, 2012 03:25pm
Beggars trying to choose?? Look at shameless PCB.. IPL main koi inhe poochta nahin bade aaye dhamki dene waale...
Dec 16, 2012 03:21pm
Dec 17, 2012 11:43am
Cricketers from Punjab and KP refused to play in Karachi for T-20 due to security reasons. Now on what ground PCB expects a foreign team to come and play here.
Reality Check Please?
Dec 16, 2012 10:45am
To be honest, Bangladesh should not have originally raised peoples hopes in Pakistan....for what ever political reasons.... Now they are haunted by their immature actions....
Dec 16, 2012 08:47am
Good step ahead.
Dec 16, 2012 04:19pm
But Aussies didn't commit to tour Pakistan as BD did.
Dec 16, 2012 04:20pm
PCB would have shown class and maturity by taking the "high road" and letting B'Desh decide whether they want to tour Pakistan or not. This tit-for-tat business is very foolish.

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