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Bangladesh wait on Pakistan clearance - official

Published Dec 22, 2012 10:46am


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KARACHI: Bangladesh will wait for security clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC) before confirming they will tour Pakistan next month for a two-match series, their top official said Saturday.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf had said that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had announced their intention to tour, making them the first team to visit the country since a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan squad in 2009.

“We were in constant touch with the BCB officials and they have conveyed to us that the tour is confirmed,” Ashraf told AFP.

“They have also got approval from their board members and we are in touch for the schedule.”

However, Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, said later Saturday that the decision is still “two to four days” away as they await a security assessment by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“In my opinion, we can reach a final decision in the next two to four days,” Hassan told the BBC Bangla Service.

“We will ask the ICC to complete their security assessment for match officials and the moment they finalise their stance, we can give our confirmation.

“It will somewhat depend on the ICC's decision. We need to know their security assessment. Our security team that had gone to Pakistan said the security is adequate.”

Foreign teams have shunned playing in Pakistan since gunmen opened fire on a convoy in Lahore, killing eight people and leaving seven Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach injured.

The attack pushed Pakistan into a cricket exile as the national team was forced to play their home series at neutral venues in the United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and England.

Ashraf said the best security arrangements will be put in place for the Bangladesh team.

“We will soon co-ordinate with the provincial governments and put in place the best arrangements for the tour and I am pretty confident that the tour will take place in the best possible manner and pave (the) way for more teams to come,” said Ashraf.

Bangladesh earlier this week said they will play a Twenty20 and a one-dayer on January 12 and 13 respectively, both in Lahore.

The team had agreed to tour Pakistan in April this year but the event was blocked by Dhaka high court.


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jotilbakko Dec 23, 2012 02:09pm
Absolutely right Animesh Rahman at first Pakistan should make the country safe for it's people then invite anyone. The country which had failed to secure its own peoples, ministers how will it secure it guest.
compaq Dec 22, 2012 11:23am
thankx bangaladesh team
Vicky Raj Dec 22, 2012 12:14pm
Dont happy so much. just wait for some time. How can tour go ahead when no neutral umpire turned up that day and ICC declare it exhibition match.
Edwardian Dec 22, 2012 12:19pm
Morad786 Dec 22, 2012 12:51pm
Good move by the PCB & the Pakistan Authorities need to get their act together to ensure fool proof security....
Muhammad Abul Hossain, PhD Dec 22, 2012 02:27pm
In spite of what Pakistanis had done in Bangladesh in 1971, there are lot of supporters of Pakistan Cricket team in Bangladesh. It is a happy news that Bangladesh will tour Pakistan. I hope India will also tour pakistan in near future.
scarborough Dec 22, 2012 06:40pm
Allah ta'ala teray hasad ko hattam farmaayein...Ameen :)
muzammil ullah khan Dec 22, 2012 07:16pm
With Hasina Wajid as the PM , I will believe it when the Bangla Desh arrives in Pakistan . I still feel that these guys will make some silly excuse at the last minute and will go on to blame Pakistan for their inability to play here. After all it is a Bangla Desh team !!
muzammil ullah khan Dec 22, 2012 07:17pm
I think Raj knows a thing or two !!
mansoor Dec 22, 2012 07:29pm
I think there will be a No again before BD Team will fly from Dhaka air port
Khan Dec 22, 2012 07:32pm
India will try its best to,stop the tour ICC is run by biased Indian officials
Honest Man Dec 22, 2012 07:48pm
Lets see if Pakistan becomes safe enough to host any international match by then?
Alam Dec 23, 2012 03:45am
Plz my pakistani brothers don't believe Bangladesh team. I am sure they will change their decision soon. They are simply playing tricks with pakistan.
Subterraneo Dec 23, 2012 03:46am
Needless to say, any violence near the Bangladeshi team, even if it is not a direct attack as was the case for the Sri Lankan team, will occlude chances of cricket in Pakistan for many more years. One suspects that the insurgents are aware of this prospect and maybe scheming accordingly.
Kamal Hussain Dec 23, 2012 04:26am
It is crazy for any international team to play in Pakistan. It is just not safe.
M A Mujeeb Dec 23, 2012 06:18am
If ICC is reluctant, PCB and BCB should agree to one umpire from each country. No need for neutral umpires.
animesh rahman Dec 23, 2012 01:24pm
pakistan is not safe for pakistani'r or even for UN volunteers. Dear pakistanis save your country then make it safe then invite any country to play cricket!!
Nafiz Haider Dec 24, 2012 05:35am
Recent assassination of one of Pakistan's senior minister amidst stringent security arrangement and the interior minister R. Malik's assessment ("worse than '69 and '71") gives a much better insight of the current situation. I hope things improve in Pakistan and cricket can wait till then.
Hossain Dec 24, 2012 04:57pm
We wont allow our team to go there