Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13

No Pakistan players in BPL

Mohammad Isam

January 16, 2013

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Ahmed Shehzad acknowledges the applause after completing his hundred, Barisal Burners v Duronto Rajshahi, BPL, 1st semi-final, Mirpur, February 28, 2012
Khulna Royal Bengals will have to go without the services of Ahmed Shehzad, one of their seven Pakistan players © BPL T20

None of the 26 Pakistan players auctioned in this season's Bangladesh Premier League will take part in the Twenty20 competition after the PCB refused to issue No Objection Certificates (NOCs).

The seven franchises will now have to hastily replace the cricketers in less than two days as the tournament begins on January 18. But the PCB's stance is seen here as a backhanded victory for the BCB who now have a justification not to tour Pakistan, a tour they originally cancelled on December 31 due to security concerns, as this was used as the main cause of disagreement between the two boards.

"A little while ago, we received a phone call from their COO Subhan Ahmed saying that if we don't send the Bangladesh team on tour to Pakistan, they won't give NOCs to their players to participate in the BPL," the BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. "We will hold the tournament without their participation and it will start as per schedule, the opening ceremony on January 17 and the matches beginning on January 18."

The BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that the PCB knowingly waited till the last minute to inform them of the decision. "I couldn't imagine that they could deliberately wait for so long, a day before the opening ceremony, to inform us that they won't give the NOCs.

"There are many Pakistani cricketers who were bought in the auction so to have all of them pull out at the last minute is a problem for us."

Hassan said that the action by the PCB has given the BCB free reign on deciding to tour Pakistan, which they will not do without a second trip by a security team.

Absent names

  • Barisal Burners Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Kamran Akmal and Hammad Azam
  • Sylhet Royals Azeem Ghumman, Zulfiqur Babar, Babar Azam and Sohel Ahmed

  • Duronto Rajshahi Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Shahzaib Hasan and Khalid Latif

  • Rangpur Riders Sharjil Khan, Anwar Ali and Raja Ali Dar

  • Dhaka Gladiators Shahid Afridi

  • Khulna Royal Bengal Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Awaiz Zia, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail and Bilawal Bhatti

  • Chittagong Kings Imran Nazir, Wahab Riaz and Saeed Anwar jnr

"We are no longer in a hurry. We were under tremendous pressure, so now we have some breathing space. Just before the start of a tournament, they have taken such a tough stance without any prior notice knowing that it would throw the organisation into jeopardy.

"We will now decide on the sort of response regarding Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan. It is not possible for us to commit to a tour without an inspection, and we will not be cowed down by any preconditions."

The franchises were informed on Tuesday evening of the situation, but the official word on the matter was only confirmed late on Wednesday afternoon after a final phone call from the PCB. Khulna will be the most severely hit as they have to replace Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Awais Zia, Umar Amin, Ahmed Shehzad, Haris Sohail and Bilawal Bhatti and they have already begun the process. The other six franchises have also been hit with Dhaka Gladiators being the least affected as they only lost Shahid Afridi.

Yunus explained that each team will put forward names to replace their Pakistan players and will be helped by the BPL governing council to contact them and seek NOCs. In the event of a dispute if a player is sought by more than one franchise, it will be decided on a first-come-first-serve basis.

"The teams are giving us names and we are giving approvals," he said. "Clause 4.4 says that if a player doesn't get an NOC he can be replaced. This replacement can be from within the list of unsold players from the auction or even from outside, for example we are talking to Kieron Pollard. We are trying to bring players from four or five other countries.

"Except for one or two players, most of the replacements are at a par with the Pakistan players. It is troublesome for the franchises, but we are taking it as a challenge. We are ready to face it."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 19, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

@ruffi: 1st class league or 100th class doesn't make a difference, fact and I'm sure you and everyone else is aware that this league has given our players tremendous amount of CONFIDENCE and learn a few things and made our International team a lot lot better. Yes still a minnow team but improvement wise its hard to resist from you fans which is why you are doing anything you can to downgrade it but it doesn't and won't work but good luck :)

Posted by ruffi on (January 18, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

its good decision that pakistan is not sending their player to this 3rd class league it is better pakistan play with the afgan team. BPL is low standerd league you can not get any experience from this league only you can learn to lose the game like bangladash lose in every match

Posted by Tokai69 on (January 18, 2013, 16:00 GMT)

BD has already started implementing vision 2020, by that time PAK will be a complete Taliban country and part of IND bordering with PAK will be engulfed by them. All the big industries and foreign investment will move to Bangla. Even you'll keep producing quality first bowlers and BPL will buy and allow them to play with proper clothing. @memon, don't cry by that time BCB will definitely pay PCB the commitment cost with interest!

Posted by dhksuf on (January 18, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

According to ICC commitment and fixture, there were some matches for Pakistan in 2011 World Cup. But no match held due to security issue. It means that a written commitment is negligible matter when we compare it with human life.

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 2:26 GMT)

if BCB doesn't know what written commitment stands in eyes of law....than u must need to take a serious advise from Ur legal adviser...about what repercussions can be if PCB decided to file case against BCB for recovery of all necessary expanses and losses occurred as result a result of default on the part of BCB in fulfilling its written commitment

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

its not your head ache whether PCB allows or not...written commitment by BCB created a valid legal expectation on their part(BCB) towards PCB. if bangladesh board doesnot fullfill this commitment than Pakistan cricket board must file case against BCB for full recovry of expenditures solely encured for fulfilling the commitment and losses occured such lose of broadcasting rights ,lose of revenue along with any expenditure encured during legal proceding as a result of default on part of BCB...

Posted by   on (January 18, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

Although PCB has given a hard blow 2 BCB would have been a severe blow had PCB demanded 100% payments to players in advance and then deciding not to give NOC to Pakistani players....rather than simply not giving NOC .

our national commitment comes first..we pakistani fans(my prespective) would like 2 watch test matches between pakistan and south-africa rather than boring BPL... PCB is launching its own super league...BCB keep ur money wid urself u'll need it badly 2 find new players

Posted by Crik_Fan on (January 18, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

@ Naseer-shah, are you serious ? Are you telling that Pakistan lost the match to help Bangladesh get test status ? Why the hell on this earth Pakistani fans feel that no team can win against them ? Why you always discredit other's victories by saying that Pakistan players deliberatly let you win !!! This is the story everytime Pakistan looses. This is disgusting to hear all this.

Posted by syedaliashraf on (January 17, 2013, 21:35 GMT)

great dicision by pcb......pakistan always helps bangladesh in bad times but bangladesh never...i am very happy happy with this decision by pcb.

Posted by champions_of_PAKISTAN on (January 17, 2013, 20:44 GMT)

to alll Bangali FANS well when at ASIA CUP final we won and when I saw tears in your eyes I said to my mom If I had knew this will happen I dont feel bad even if Pak lose. But after the tournament BCB start to making childish acts like PAK should be penalized and we should be awarded 5 runs and this will make us champions of ASIA Then your BOARD'S chairman was nominated by PCB as vice president of ICC and your beloved BCCI said that there is no need of this post but PCB oppose(allong with other contareis) and again you act like childs you did not full fill your agreement ,, Or you should not fisrt make promises at the end BCB needs to growUp.. its not the fault of BD team its your poor mangment or weak BOARD..

Posted by Rayhan_Khan on (January 17, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

BCB and Bangladeshi people have every right to think about the players safety. Shame on those who tried to Blackmail BCB. BPL will be a success!

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 17, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Nice job by PCB ... PCB given BCB there own dose ... Really happy that they shows BCCI the status , where they belongs ..........

Posted by Mustafiz111 on (January 17, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

I think ZAKA has done well for Pakistan cricket in recent times.there is an important series for pak ahead.BPL would be a a flop show this time.BCB should support pakistan in that situation.

Posted by haq33 on (January 17, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Do Bangla fans fail to understand a simple thing no matter how many times it is repeated? Shall we try again? Okay here goes. We do not object to your refusal to tour because of security concerns per se. That is valid. We DO object to being promised something that you have now been proven unable to deliver, when we kept our end of the bargain. Consider it like a simple trade. We delivered a vote for your man as required. You promised something in return that has not been delivered. This is what the problem is. This is why Pak now sees you as dilly-dalliers, two-faced and unreliable as a business partner. you should NOT make promises in exchange for a favour when you are fully aware that you may not be able to keep that promise or recompense for the broken promise in some other way. This is simply good business and Bangladesh have proven that they are not good at that.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 17, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

@Catchingfire ... It was some reports that Pakistan lost in 1999 by itself , just to give favor to Bangalis for his test status ......and Pakistan was the one who favoured Bangalis for there Test status ...

Posted by aliveasnumb on (January 17, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

To all Bangladeshi fans, You got to stop blamming Pak for this, it is your man who started all this mess in a bid to become ICC vice chairman. You could have straight forwardly told PCB that we will not be touring Pak like it should be rather than making deals and then backing away from it. Just to illustrate it Pak has always supported every board in time of need whether it was Sl in 1995 when nobody toured them Wasim took his team there, Imran raised voice for SA after the apartheid era, moreover we raised voice for your test status and helped you get that test status. So, before pointing your fingers towards Pak just look for a rat in your house instead of blaming a board which has always supported everyone in time of need rather than running away.

Posted by woodhaven on (January 17, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

i dont understand why pak fan always says, they did favor to bangladesh plus they say BD won in 1999 and it was fixed match. so fixing match is favor? anyway even Bd people dont like mostofa kamal, so nominating him--u didnt favor BD.

Posted by salman_0902 on (January 17, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

""But the PCB's stance is seen here as a backhanded victory for the BCB who now have a justification not to tour Pakistan, a tour they originally cancelled on December 31 due to security concerns"" What is this? A tour which is already cancelled in December gives a victory to BCB to not tour Pakistan? What kind of journalism is it? A tour was cancelled in December and in response PCP didn't grant NOCs to its player for the BCB tournament in January, gives a justification to the Pakistani Board's decision not give NOCs. How can it be otherwise?

Posted by amumtaz on (January 17, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

Boards won, cricket lost. What a game!

Posted by pauperking on (January 17, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

People, It would be much better if fans from both nations can keep cool heads, including the respective Boards! BCB should not have backed out after making a written commitment, in addition to having the support of PCB to elect former BCB chief to ICC. Similarly, PCB should at least have let the players not in the main team, go and participate. Does anyone seriously think something positive to come out of this spat? Both the Boards, Players on both sides and not the least fans on both sides wil be the losers. I hope that better sense prevails on both sides. Lets see who is brave enough to take the first step in the right direction!

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (January 17, 2013, 15:20 GMT)

New BCB President is actually all right and has been impressive so far with things like BCL and future plans he has for Bangladesh Cricket. He also seems to enjoy his Cricket during the West Indies series and yeah in that press conference, he was dead serious the other day and wasn't tolerating such pressure from other boards. Also fans of other teams instead of worrying about our Cricket, worry about yours glad you guys are interested in minnows our fan base is growing everyday especially online on Cricinfo, Facebook, Forums, Twitter etc good luck on your wishes :D

Posted by champions_of_PAKISTAN on (January 17, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

@BOND_OO7 You saw the intensity in BCB's chaiman eyes... but what about PCB.. I mean you cant say it is all togather PCB's fault.. there are security issues in Pakistan and they are here for last 4 years SO WHY BCB FIRST AGREED TO TOUR PAKISTAN.. and yes it is not good for the cricket of both contraries .. and mind you BD team needs to learn lesson from SriLanka.. how they improve and you still are minows and thats a FACT

Posted by durjoy96 on (January 17, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

I totally agree with the BCB President.What does PCB think?If they can force us to tour their country will other teams like Australia,India or England tour Pakistan?

Posted by masud69 on (January 17, 2013, 14:34 GMT)

@BOND_ 007, Thanks for mentioning"the intensity in the eyes of BCB president", we all have seen it and I belive this fire on his eyes and determination will take BD cricket a long way forward. What ever the Pak fans are cheering about Zaka's decision histry will prove it was a foolish and wrong decision.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 17, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

@Toescrusher:- Cricket minnow where they still managed to successfully play PCB around with and despite your pull out it still hasn't stopped our tournament good luck next time :D

Posted by arif204 on (January 17, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

very bad for the pak fan because of their after reaction of ur in very badly in trouble that only hope was bangladesh and u lost it in future.PCB why cannot understand only one test team that u can bring to ur country and that is bangladesh but may be it need time but may be the only choice for PCB.but they lost it for their impatience.if they were humble in that matter then it will be very tough for BCB to avoid the future tour.gentle breeze for BD palyers

Posted by Toescrusher on (January 17, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

Long story short, it is BPL who needs PCB not the other way around!! BPL is nothing but cricketing minnow!!

Posted by reality_check on (January 17, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

@BOND_OO7. Were the BCB president's eyes burning when BCB refused to tour Pakistan at the last moment TWICE after the written commitments? Just asking !

Posted by James.Bond007 on (January 17, 2013, 13:53 GMT)


You need to negotiate with Bangaldesh Government to make an ammendment in the constitution to make it easier to transfer foreign currency out of coutry for Sports purpose. Because of late payment issues, lot of international players backed out. Any professional would do the same.


You need to stop acting like a child and think professionaly. If you are in dire need to have International cricket in your country again, then you have to be more cooperative with other nations. If you act like this, it doesnt make any easier for you guys in near future...

Posted by wiseshah on (January 17, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

These are the replacement of pak player so far: dilshan munaweera, sachitra senanqyeke, pollard, jeehan mubarak, dimity mascarenhas, mohammad nabi, nial o brien, elton chigumbura, fidel edwards, simon katich, sean tait--- its more versatile and more professional

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

I'm sorry to say this - but this development is not going to make any difference to the already lack lustre BPL.There is not so much interest around the world and we already heard the cases of players complaining about non payments. This cat fight is only going to worsen the situation of both the boards.Having said that BPL can still manage with out a few Pakistani cricketers.Atleast this gives chance to some local cricketers who are waiting for opportunities

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 17, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

I just saw the intensity in the eyes of BCB president during 'meet the press' yesterday. He was so frustrated at PCB's last moment act and said that " There will be no pakistani players participation in future BPL. We also know how to react to this PCB's stance". His eyes were burning during the press conference. Well,Let the battle begin between BCB and PCB. As a BD fan i want BCB to keep no relationship with PCB.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

I feel it funny when two boards fight and are making no favours to their own players.Pakistani players are already deprived of decent earnings and this move will definitely test their commitment towards their national side.Remember ICL where all the Pakistani players ditched the national side to join the league for a few bucks and I feel this may repeat again with some other league

Posted by asporag on (January 17, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

We understand you pakistani's frustration about cricket. what can Bangladesh or rest of the world can do to pakistan while pakistan is not place where cricket can be played right now.

Its a gentleman game. But PCB tried to blackmail BCB. So, change your mentality first then play this game like a gentle team like Bangladesh.

Posted by Aziz51 on (January 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

I think we should not take such decisions as some sort of war between Pak & Bangladesh, BCB has every right to protect their players so they made the decision not to send their team for Pak tour same is the case with PCB for not sending their players if they think its not in their interest... Being a Pak I think we got to sort out our internal issues (political, law & order) first (which we will insha-allah) before we force other teams to come and play cricket in Pakistan.

Posted by chordz on (January 17, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 .. make a team of players u mentioned.. and they can still easily beat ur national side :).. learn your place in the cricket world :)

Posted by ABLcric on (January 17, 2013, 12:48 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I agree with ZSBD. Its a very reactive and unprofessional act by PCB. Considering the fact that international teams are reluctant to visit Pakistan, PCB should be more mature and easy with foreign teams to decide on their own free will that they feel comfortable to visit Pakistan. This is not a game of tit for tat. This is all about being humble and patient. Let's accept the fact, that there is fear and scare still among many visitors who wish to visit Pakistan, let alone the cricketers.

Posted by swat1999 on (January 17, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

BPL lost its glitz without Pakistan playhers. Pakistan and Bangladesh needs to greater cricketing cooperation for the benefit of players, and spectators. A short tour to Pakistan is never been a security issue as PCB guarantee the sicurity for the players

Posted by i-love-cricket on (January 17, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Thats what I call ...Tit for Tat.... I am pretty pleased with the PCBs decision. I hope BCP will learn lesson from it and how it feels when you opt-out at last minute. Keep it up PCB, Hurrrrayyyyyyyyyy

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 17, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Bcb nd franchises were trying to force pak players to play without NOCs . They shud be ashmed of meddling in pak affairs nd trying to persuaid players illegally. PCB shud complain to ICC for theae illegal activities of bcb. Plus this shows even players were not interested nd they said NO to franchises. Big LOL

Posted by reality_check on (January 17, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

If PCB decided to let the players play in BPL even though BCB refused to tour twice, it would show weakness and embolden BCB to take PCB for granted in future. If PCB refuse to send players to BPL then it comes across looking like a bully. I think Zaka did not have a choice but to call off the BPL participation. PCB may have softened its stance if it was Big Bash or county cricket but it may take it's chances with BPL as it does not seem to be getting off the ground very well with players not being paid for last event etc. Only time will tell who will hurt in the long run.

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 17, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Even the Women's Cricket Team of Pak can beat the Men's National Team of Bangladesh....i can put my money on this one.....Well Done PCB....

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 17, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

lool!!! Even last minute withdrawing players from BPL still cannot stop us good luck next time! hopefully we will abandon players from Pakistan playing in sorts of leagues like Dhaka League ect.

Posted by ZSBD on (January 17, 2013, 11:22 GMT)

The decision may appear to be brave to he pakistanies, but was it mature decision from part of Zaka. History will speak the last. The problem in bringing foreign teams in Pakistan could have been solved in a much milder and cordial manner. You can not enforce someone to do something in this gentlemangame. Poor Bangladesh may have to accept whatever Zaka has decided, but at the end of the day Zaka should realize that his bullish (or rather foolish) behavior will not improve reltions with others other than harming it. Pakisan is not in position right now to show such an ego. Forget about Banladesh, will great teams like India, Australia, SA, England or others have tours there? They might keep quiet now, but wil surely believe something not in favor of Zaka's ego!!!

Posted by Bakhtiar_Wain on (January 17, 2013, 11:20 GMT)

PCB for the first time has taken the correct stance. The unprofessional manner in which BCB had handled PCB's tour request deserved such a response. "Except for one or two players, most of the replacements are at a par with the Pakistan players................ dream on BCB..................

Posted by SaadRocx on (January 17, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Well done PCB....BPL will be a Big FLOP now....better watch Tom & Jerry show...than this low level 3rd class comedy show named BML (Bangladesh Minnow League)......!!!

Posted by P.K.Sutradhar on (January 17, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

I saw many Pakistanis r blaming BD illegally!PCB tried to blackmail BD using BPL issue.Otherwise why they replied BCB not to send there player at the last minute? U thought BPL won't b started without paki players! PCB n it's fans r very disapointed as BCB declare BPL will b started due date without pakis. Sorry to Pakistan n PCB as we have to start our tournament due time taking ur challenge. I think it has been possible as we Bangalis hv never learnt bow down to Pakistan in past n till now....

Posted by Zak007 on (January 17, 2013, 10:52 GMT)

Attention : To all Pakistani... Please leave us (Bangladesh) alone. Think about your country. We are very much happy that BPL is resuming without Pakistani players. No matter if is it a street tournament, its our own tournament. Why you people are interfering in our own tournament.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

Wasn't it PCB who gave precondition to send Bangladeshi players to PSL and a fixed date to tour Pakistan? They were trying to come up with another 'shameful' agreement with BCB.According to newspaper, even BCB anticipated the fact that PCB woundn't send its players to BPL (when they postponed the tour 2nd time). I thank BCB for being able to take this decision. Due to ego, pakistan was never able to alter their stance regarding this tour. A commitment takes two parties to commit to. Present BCB was able to oppose this idea, they corrected their course, even though it was very late. I blame both PCB and our ex-BCB members responsible for coming up with such an idea of an unconditional tour. I hope both boards acts more responsibly from now on!

Posted by obaid1972 on (January 17, 2013, 10:33 GMT)

I think , it should have dealt diffrenetly, PCB could have shown more maturity- allowing the players to play in the BPL cause Pakistani players are earning huge money , which they will be missing- Bangladesh is always love to play in Pakistan- provided the situation is ok- is not yet- supported by Imran khan - PCB may follow up with BCB afterwards , if otherwise on order, for the tour. In short, cricket diplomacy got preferrence. We Bangladeshi believe our players should not visit any country where situation is not stable.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 10:32 GMT)

A great decision by PCB using the exact and correct tactics used by BCB. BCB first gave a written approval and then backed out, while our sponsors had signed the deals for the tournament. I am sure BCB will learn some lesson and manners from this event.

As for the players, I feel bad for their personal loss but it is the country and board which comes first!

Bravo PCB, Brave Zaka!!

Posted by productivity on (January 17, 2013, 10:27 GMT)

This is what BCB deserved....... if will definitly disturb BPL. Pak players are croud puller......PCB exactly did what they desrved. Great job PCB & pak plaers refused without NOC of PCB

Posted by abhbh on (January 17, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

I am a Pakistani, living abroad. Well, Pakistan should allow his players tp play in BPL. i think pakistan have not given NOC because Bangladesh refused to tour Pakistan. Pakistan should keep patience and allowed his players to play, maybe this participation would keep Bangladesh in thinking and will agreed to tour Pakistan. Pakistan decision is not acceptable. if the neighbors are afraid to tour Pakistan, how the other country will tour? they always have to start from small to big. but i think Pakistan Board is gone mad.

Posted by asadc2003 on (January 17, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

one more thing...........may be it s flop one.....may be its only comparable with street cricket of pakistan still we have a tournament where foreign players are taking part.............pcb will never able to organize any...............pcb is just a handicapped .........pity...........

Posted by gulzee on (January 17, 2013, 10:16 GMT)

First time PCB taken a brave step to uphold their dignity. No doubt game is very important but not at stake of respect. Its a mutual process. Recently, international eleven visited Pakistan and played without any security issue..players moved around for shopping and enjoyed as BCB trying play tricks of delaying the decision just to make BPL successful..anyways this is a big loss for B team since Pak own a bundle of experience and if nt playing this series wont hurt them at all..but Bangla lose a big chance of gaining BCB have fun with their first class level BPL...

Posted by asporag on (January 17, 2013, 9:59 GMT)

Pakistan should improve its security first. Afterwords, they should consider to invite other countries. Bangladesh have already done a lot by showing the interest to visit Pakistan. Unfortunately, Pakistan was not successful to manage the proper security for foreign nation. Pakistan should seek any other country to organize host series. The venue could be Sarjah.

Posted by sohan_faisal on (January 17, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

Pakiz, play your own game and let us play ours. Bangladesh is not in a position to arrange a tournament like IPL, so a BPL of our own is ok. People will definitely watch here. Moreover, BD is now happy coz there is no question of touring Pakistan anymore.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (January 17, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

@Humayoun Ahmed Khan on (January 17 2013, 07:24 AM GMT) Brother i would really like to appreciate your true and unbiased thoughts on touring PAK.....I wish most of the people of yours would talk and act as sensible as you then certainly PAK wouldn't face the vulnerable situation what they have been going through...But dont worry brother our brotherhood will prevail as long as we both are going to respect each others feelings>>>>

Posted by Bilal.Farooq on (January 17, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

Come on BDs! You are just kids in cricket world and trying to make conflict with your ever supporting partner and cricket giant Pakistan!What a shame! BCB is trying to take away the remaining cricket from their countrymen, bcoz without Pak players this BPL is now just a street level tournament. However, I think it would be a great music concert. Sympthies for BD cricket fans. I think ICC should now review their decision of granting test status to BD. These unprofessional kids don`t deserve it. I think Afghanistan and Ireland better desrve it. Thumbs down to BCB!

Posted by masud69 on (January 17, 2013, 8:48 GMT)

What a win win situation for Pak and Bagla fans!! Politics wins, cricket is the only loser.

Posted by mrihc on (January 17, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

Thanks to Mr. Atif Aslam (a Pakistani singer) for performing in the inaugural ceremony of BPL

Posted by nabeeltanvir on (January 17, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Well I must say one of the best decisions taken by the PCB after such a long time. This was on the cards for the BCB but the timing of the decision of not issuing NOC's couldn't be better. PCB's actions will help BCB realize what they have done by backing out of the tour for the second time. The Bangladesh cricket team as it is, is still not strong enough hence the lack of 26 players from Pakistan will really give the BPL a blow. Plus we are not eager on playing Bangladesh as its not a world class team but it is a matter of discipline and Bangladesh violated the protocol..

Posted by mrihc on (January 17, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

@ Koli420 - You have mentioned some players, who are not willing to play in bangladesh. But you have to remember that no country is willing to play in Pakistan. pls, improve the law & order situation of your countray and every one will love to play in your country (Pakistan).

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

The PCS should have sent some of the players who they are not considering for the tour of SA. Players like Imran Nazir who, i doubt, would play for Pakistan again, should be allowed to go and make some money. Where else will they get this opportunity. Plus it would ve been a goodwill gesture from Pakistan.

Posted by zara_khan on (January 17, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Both the boards behaved unprofessionally and i must say fans from both sides r behaving like little girls....Bottomline is my Pakistan is gonna play its exciting cricket and Bangladesh is gonna rock its BPL .... so its time to stop blamegame and move on.....

Posted by Attractivue on (January 17, 2013, 7:29 GMT)

As much as I don't agree with PCB's decision, I think it's Bangladesh that is going to lose. No country is going to waste 2 months to have a three Test and 5 ODI series with them simply because they are not up to the mark. This series would have helped Bangladesh to gain some experience.

Anyway, it's only a matter of time when international Cricket returns to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

They say when others start to get jealous of you, you deserve to be congratulated for you are walking on the right path. Congratulations team Pakistan and Pakistani fans, we are on the right path. BD fans and Indian fans are jealous from us for how well we have coped up with situation. I can guarantee you NO OTHER TEAM WOULD HAVE PERFORMED THE SAME WAY AS PAKISTAN HAVE SINCE 2010 HAD THEY BEEN IN THAT KIND OF SITUATION. I must, though, admit that current security situation in Pakistan is not encouraging and BD were right in their decision of cancelling the tour. Anyway, best of luck for your BPL. Hope it will not ruin your cricket like IPL has ruined the Indian Cricket. Cheers. :)

Posted by SirViv1973 on (January 17, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@brainlesstein, Thanks for pointing those things out perhaps the PCB had more reason for issuing the NOCS than I realized. However in terms of Pak players not being able to play in the IPL, I didn't say it was down to the PCB, I simply said they had been denied the opportunity. I am well aware this is because of the IPL franchises choose not to purchase any Pak players in the auction. I was just trying to point out that as Pak players had not had the chance to earn money from the IPL and because of that the PCB should have let them make some money from the BPL, but as per your comments it's not quite as straight forward as that.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (January 17, 2013, 7:10 GMT)

@brainlesstein, Thanks for pointing those things out perhaps the PCB had more reason for issuing the NOCS than I realized. However in terms of Pak players not being able to play in the IPL, I didn't say it was down to the PCB, I simply said they had been denied the opportunity. I am well aware this is because of the IPL franchises choose not to purchase any Pak players in the auction. I was just trying to point out that as Pak players had not had the chance to earn money from the IPL and because of that the PCB should have let them make some money from the BPL, but as per your comments it's not quite as straight forward as that.

Posted by Hammad-Hasan on (January 17, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Right decision take by PCB. The BPL administrator called abdul razaq and wants him to do press conference that he will take part without PCB approval but he refused to do so. This is shameful act by BCB. And secondly who wants to play cricket with Bangladesh except Zimbabwe and Ireland. No body wants to play with them as the series will be financially a big loss for any country. BCB tried to arrange series with India in India in December but BCCI reject because it will be financially a lose for them instead they arrange series with Pakistan. So the only place where Bangladesh players can play is their own BPL. So good luck to BPL. :)

Posted by qazi255 on (January 17, 2013, 7:06 GMT)

so bad BD you will see no one will elp you any more it was paks wrong decision in 90s to suppor BD if they support Afghanistan it would be best for them and i challenge BD there player even cant beat Afghanistan (though in T20 worldcup they show promising future) you can see Zadran of afghanistan bowl with 150 pace hve BD ever produced 130 + speed player just keep on bragging on an ordinary player shakib even our shoib malik is 1000 times better than shakib and shoib malik is an ordianry player of our team

Posted by Raiyan24r on (January 17, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

1. BCB had let the post of ICC vice president go in 2003 or 2004 to,for this reason it was compulsary for PCB to let BCB take over this time.

2.the tour of pakistan was scheduled for 15-17 Jan,but at that very time,there was a bomb blast in Pakistan which killed a lot of people. is more of a loss to pakistan than BD as it was a chance for the young pakistanis to play more foreign cricket .pakistan got Nasir Jamshed from BPL.

Posted by LOCHHA on (January 17, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

Mr Syed Ahmed Tirmizi, what do you mean by the problem is BCB ? We want to see cricket, it is not our intention to make mockery of anyone. However we don`t care if the emotions of pak supporters got hurt on the process but hey we do care about the bomb blasts and killing on the street of pakistan every other day. What does your emotion tell you about the situation ???

Posted by Koli420 on (January 17, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

BCB precedent and all stuff's are piece of garbage.....BCB always listen to India like a pet does.....Why BCB doesn't realize that no body wants to play with them like Jesse Ryder (NZ), Ryan Ten Doeshate (NED), Taibu (ZMB), Taylor (ZMB), Masakadza (ZMB), Utseya (ZMB), Price (ZMB), Ross Taylor (NZ), Mccullum (NZ), Vettori (NZ), Hira (NZ), Mills (NZ), Southee (NZ), Oram (NZ), Roach (WI), Bishu (WI), Sunil Narine (WI), Tino Best (WI), Bravo (WI), Rampaul (WI), Thomas (WI), Warner (AUS), Watson (AUS), Cameron White (AUS), Baiely (AUS), Marsh (AUS), Smith (AUS), Levi (SA), Ontong (SA), Botha (SA), Parnell (SA), Miller (SA), Tsotsobe (SA), Morris (SA), Ingram (SA), O'Briens (IRE), Sterling (IRE), Ranking (IRE), Chima (CAN), Lumb (ENG), Buttler (ENG), Meaker (ENG), Collingwood (ENG), Shah (ENG), Bairstow (ENG), Mascarenhas (ENG), Yardy (ENG), Panesar (ENG), Swan (ENG), Briggs (ENG), etc etc etc........Only pakistani player's are supporting BD team......So BCB don't be so selfish....

Posted by Rafelgibt on (January 17, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

@AsadRaza on (January 16 2013, 20:56 PM GMT) People like you guys are really making situation worse for your country....According to you every time KENYA face BANGLADESH they beat us.....Where in your best dreams???Stop being act like a pathetic ignorant street punks (though your writing suggest that you are an educated guy but your act doesn't support either).... that's the problem most of the the PAK people have....You are forcing about COMMITMENT of BCB but you cant secure your place...First fulfill your commitment towards the people of PAKISTAN that you are going to provide them a safe and secure country then talk something else....Till then act wise>>>>

Posted by LOCHHA on (January 17, 2013, 6:18 GMT)

Let`s get the fact straight.

1. BCB was only thinking of having the tour in PAKISTAN becuz BD didn`t play away test match with any other country except Zimbabwe and westindies.

2. The post of vice chairman in ICC (a lot of pakistani supporters are saying thats why BD should tour pakistan despite the security issue) is a non-official post as it does not have any official responsibilities.

3. BCB always said in a number of press conference that if they are satisfied with the security issue only then they will decide on the tour. so the supporters should really have a hard look at the situation. Will you send your team to a dangerous situation just becuz ur ex board chairman may or may not made a commitment (not on paper, nor in any press briefing) .

4. Finally, for the pak supporters who are saying its a blessing that their players are not coming to bangladesh...we BD supporters only agree with you guys on this point.

Posted by UAETigers on (January 17, 2013, 5:59 GMT)

If you look emotionally that it seems PCB has taken right decision but if you look at this professionally and in long term then I don't think it's a very wise decision! I know BCB played tricks but it was good for Pak team and Pak cricketers that they play and earn in BPL!! I am dissappointed with BD people feedback as they are taking this as revenge of 1971. This means still they have hatred hidden in their hearts for Pakistanis and they are not deciding or merit.

Posted by Riffat on (January 17, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

Where are players like - Jesse Ryder (NZ), Ryan Ten Doeshate (NED), Taibu (ZMB), Taylor (ZMB), Masakadza (ZMB), Utseya (ZMB), Price (ZMB), Ross Taylor (NZ), Mccullum (NZ), Vettori (NZ), Hira (NZ), Mills (NZ), Southee (NZ), Oram (NZ), Roach (WI), Bishu (WI), Sunil Narine (WI), Tino Best (WI), Bravo (WI), Rampaul (WI), Thomas (WI), Warner (AUS), Watson (AUS), Cameron White (AUS), Baiely (AUS), Marsh (AUS), Smith (AUS), Levi (SA), Ontong (SA), Botha (SA), Parnell (SA), Miller (SA), Tsotsobe (SA), Morris (SA), Ingram (SA), O'Briens (IRE), Sterling (IRE), Ranking (IRE), Chima (CAN), Lumb (ENG), Buttler (ENG), Meaker (ENG), Collingwood (ENG), Shah (ENG), Bairstow (ENG), Mascarenhas (ENG), Yardy (ENG), Panesar (ENG), Swan (ENG), Briggs (ENG), etc etc etc???

Posted by morshedmahmud on (January 17, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

No need to any Pakistani Player !!!!!!!!!! there r many world class player in the world .we r all Bangladesh ready to support of Every run & wicket.

But what happened the pak player those who ready to playing in Bangladesh.Pak is One of the poor cricket Board . our all team owner is Bangladeshi .it's really proud of our.

Posted by RidwanHossain on (January 17, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Both the boards have their faults. But PCB shouldn't have refused it at the very last moment, they could've done it before.

Posted by ajithabey on (January 17, 2013, 5:11 GMT)

It is totally unfair by the pakistan cricket board for not allowing their cricketers to participate in the BPL.The Pakistan cricket board and government must ensure the safety and security of visiting international teams before inviting teams for tours to pakistan as the country is in turmoil at this moment.So why punish the cricketers????

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 4:00 GMT)

So lets not attack each other, both countries love their players and I will always support BD cricket.BUT its upto the BD public to make sure that their board acts more mature and professionally. Its not tit for tat,its just diplomacy. I think its a way for PCB to tell BCB that this kind of unprofessional behavior is unacceptable and counterproductive. NOW, If cool heads prevail and If BCB realizes its mistake, maybe both boardss will try to normalize relations.THIS IS WHAT the supporters of both countries should be hoping for. Lets not bring up the hurtful past shall we?Just like our past, even this episode is because of stupidity of our politicians,managment and ppl are just a victim.

Posted by dmqi on (January 17, 2013, 3:58 GMT)

@aj8613: So, you did not see enough of Cris Gyle in last one day series in Bangladesh? Many Bangladesh street players played better than that series of Gyle. Big name always do not produce attraction. BPL is badly hurt, that is the fact. Accept the reality. I am a Bangladeshi from a SHAHEED family and can not support what Bangla Cricket Board did, a Cat and Mouse game.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 3:56 GMT)

OK PEOPLE, STOP BEING CHILDISH.This isnt a war for godsake. I think Pakistani fans are more disappointed with the BCB, not the Bengladeshi supporters. But BD people must understand our pain, we are dying to see cricket in our country.I think the current BCB handling of affairs has to do partly with the ruling regime, which isnt Pakistani friendly,so i am sure theres cricket politics at play.ALSO,I would have loved to watch our boys play in BPL,Its a nice platform, BD crowd also supporters our players well and i think its great for development of cricket in BD.Its sad that it didnt happen this yr,hopefully they sort this mess out.Personally I would like BD to come when the security situation is normal, which right now isnt. I think MOST Pakistanis understand why BD supporters are hesitant(and their players as well).THE PROBLEM HOWEVER is BCB,It was them making a mockery out of Pakistan cricket and emotions of their people, by first agreeing to the tour for a favor and then backing out.

Posted by david44 on (January 17, 2013, 3:30 GMT)

Pakistan is the only team who have featured in all the semi-finals of WC-T20 and been twice to the finels we are damn good at T20 no need for our players to play any T20 and specialy in BD t20 league well done PCB keep our boy's at home and let them prepare for the S.African test.

Posted by Fogu on (January 17, 2013, 3:21 GMT)

This is not good for anyone. I am a Bangladeshi and i wanted BD team to go to Pakistan. It is better for cricket when Pakistan is fully involved in the game. BCB needs to get their act together just as well as PCB. The fans going at each other is ridiculous since none of them were in the room when discussion occured. This is not the way for PCB to encourage international teams to play in Pakistan and BPL is better with Pakistani players in it. Just my two cents.

Posted by AJ8613 on (January 17, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

I'd rather watch Chris Gayle than the entire Pakistan Team!

Posted by Tmalik on (January 17, 2013, 2:13 GMT)

Mr. Younus and BCB is forgetting they ditched PCB not once but twice on the tour, tit for tat, you cannot black mail Pakistanis and play this drama of tour with us. Pakistan supported you all this time and to gain international status etc. i though this was payback time which Bangladesh just lost it and with it the trust as well... we do not need Bangladesh to visit now anyway, i am sure is matter of few months as soon new government comes in power in Pak the security will be different all together. and Sri Lanka would be visiting before any other time i can bet!!! Bangladesh is never trust worthy, they just proved it again.

Malik - Australia

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 17, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

@Darren27, don't you think that BCB was wrong in promising to tour in return for the nomination for ICC presidency and then find excuses? Security risks have not changed since they made a deal, right?

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (January 17, 2013, 2:08 GMT)

THEY BOTH, PCB & BCB ARE WRONG. . For BCB, why did they commited to a tour in return for support for their nominee for ICC presidency? Pakistan always supported Bangladesh cricket and even when Pak won Asia cup final, all pakistani hearts went for Bangladesh. BCB played a wrong game in bargaining and then backing off as they knew the security situation when they bargained. PCB in return should not have punished BCB for its dobble game and should have let it go.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (January 17, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

I'm totally agreed with Attractivue; Tit for Tat at this level? So funny. Anyway, PCB had taken an unprofessional and immature decision. This is not going to help Pakistan at all. Bangladesh or other countries will think at least 100 times before visit Pakistan near future. Good luck BPL.

Posted by La_Bangla on (January 17, 2013, 1:50 GMT)

Great Job Tigers!! Do not bow under the pressure and we're still going to be as successful without any Pakistani player. @Waqas Sagheer -if you know the history, you will know that it was India who fought and got us the Test status..

Posted by cricketforpeace on (January 17, 2013, 1:24 GMT)

If only both the BCB and the PCB had sat down and discussed the issues involved in an attempt to find a solution; both the decisions - initially involving BCB declining to tour Pakistan after giving a commitment and now PCB's decision not to issue NOC's to their players to participate in the BPL could have been avoided. While the fans of both the sides trade charges and counter charges here, the real losers on both the sides are the keen followers of cricket, irrespective to which part of the world they belong. Find it hard to even think that if the Australian or English or the South African boards were ever involved in such situations, a poor outcome such as seen here now between the PCB and the BCB could ever occur.

Posted by brainlesseinstein on (January 17, 2013, 1:23 GMT)

So many people are using the word childish here.. Let me remind you of one more childish act... It took place when the mature and sensible BCB officials appealed against Pakistani victory in the Asia cup last year .. Two wrongs never make a right but the count is now 4 wrongs (3 times agreeing to tour, 1 appeal against Asia cup victory) by BCB against so called one wrong of PCB... Who is the little girl here ? Decide yourself ...

Posted by EngineeredCricketer on (January 17, 2013, 0:36 GMT)

All that has happened is not for the game of cricket. Cricket is not politics and shouldn't be used as a pressure tool. Pakistan might have given the lesson to BCB but it will hurt the relations in the long run. We all know Awami League Govt in BD is anti-Pakistan and they have won their goals in all the drama so far. Good Luck BD for your league. I hope your league would still be successful without Pakistani players. Good Luck Pakistan too and try something new and positive to bring the international cricket back in country. BCB should adopt more practical approach and both boards should not increase their foes.

Posted by atoldr on (January 17, 2013, 0:30 GMT)

BPL will be without Pakistan, feeling Very sorry to all Paki friends. Don't worry try for IPL.

Posted by hellozishan on (January 17, 2013, 0:11 GMT)

Absolutely correct decision by PCB because BCB deserve this. BCB are not professional there attitude proved this couple of times. Pakistan is the one who palyed a vital role to promote BD in cricket world. But when we need THEM they always refused and played trick with us. PCB is not foolish and they did a right decision on right Time !

Posted by Falaky on (January 17, 2013, 0:09 GMT)

I am really sorry for BCB being a Pak cricket fan but it was Mr. Kamal who assured PCB of BD tour to Pakistan and all the support, but later took u-turn.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 23:56 GMT)

Lots of Australian & British players (tait, Nannes....) applied but didn't get picked by BPL teams, now they will be picked instead of Paki players!! I can see lots of paki fans are happy by the PCB's decision but trust me ur players are all crying like hell!! How they will earn so much money!!?? You guys are not welcome in IPL as well!!! Dear Paki fans can u honestly say that ur country is safe!!?? If situation of your country remains like that no foreign team will visit Pakistan in next 100-150 years!!! Bring stability in ur country first then invite others......

Posted by Energetic. on (January 16, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

The title says no Pakistani players but there are both Azhar and Kabir.

Posted by dulabari on (January 16, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

BPL teams have already got some replacements: Dilshan Munabhira, Sachitra Senanayek, Lahiru Thirimanne (SL), Simon Katich (Aus). Elton Chigambhura (Zim), Mohammad Nabi (Afghan) and Shivnarayan Chandarpaul, Pollard (WI) and more names will be known tomorrow.

Posted by here2rock on (January 16, 2013, 23:13 GMT)

It is an immature decision by PCB. You can not force foreign teams to tour Pakistan, if security is an issue then they should be looking to make sure that players' safety is first priority. BCB is not the only loser out of this drama, so are Pakistani players who would have earned handsomely.

Posted by Virtual_Prince on (January 16, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

Hi...i do not think that this is GOOD Decision.If india calls Pakistani Players for IPL but indian team does not come to Pakistan, then still PCB will certainly allow them to go and play IPL.So why not BPL??? I is beneficial for players in order to get expereince and also earn..!!

Posted by creekeetman on (January 16, 2013, 22:38 GMT)

well said mr. moody. test cricket is real cricket, looking forward to watching the series between pakistan and sa. not interested at all in the bpl.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 16, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

Conclusion:- Both BCB and PCB have been behaving like unprofessionals which has actually been embarrassing if your're a Bangladesh and a Pakistan fan. Both sets of fans have been arguing so much not just here but facebook, forums, twitter etc that it has almost become some sort of comedy show and not realising that fans of other teams are laughing at us over this drama.

I like Pakistan Cricket team but not their fans for treating our team so harshly and thats why they are actually jealous a minnow team is rising and improving and have a good Cricket future. I agree Bangladesh should've toured Pakistan as Pakistan did so much favour for Bangladesh Cricket but if you mix Politics with Sports this is the kind of thing you will get which is a real shame really.

Posted by bilal11928 on (January 16, 2013, 22:25 GMT)

Well if bangalis think that Pakistani players are doing well because of playing in BPL then i wish Bangladeshi players could do the same..CMON Bangladesh played its first International match in 1979 and it has been 34 years and they still are compared to teams like zimbabwe and Afghanistan

Posted by pakzrocks on (January 16, 2013, 22:16 GMT)

Its simple you get what you give. BCB first confirmed their tour but then refused to come just because Pakistan beat them in the Asia Cup. Let me tell you this Pakistanis used to take Bangalis as their brothers but not anymore after all what BCB has done to PCB. In Asia cup it was clear that you guys were more desperate to beat Pakistan than india and india is dear too you than Pakistan. Asia Cup was supposed to be given by Sheikh Hasina but she left the stadium when Pakistan won the match. I am glad PCB stopped its players its not about money it's about respect. And BCB should not forget that it's because of Pakistan they got playing status in Test Cricket and its been years they have not yet established themselves as a good cricket team. We are happy challenging Eng/SAF/Aus than you BNG!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 22:13 GMT)

BCB premier league already has financial issues. Pakistan helped Bangladesh to acquire test status and presidency of ICC. One or two matches in top security would have been exciting for Pakistani cricket fan. I think BCB are influenced by Indian BCCI. Pakistan should start its own league

Posted by pure_punjabi2013 on (January 16, 2013, 21:57 GMT)

Finally PCB has taken one good decision that should be thoroughly supported. BCB should have abided by what they promised in the deal. How can they expect PCB to fulfill all of its promises when BCB acts like a kid who starts crying whenever it is a time to pay back? If they can't afford to send the team to Pakistan then they shouldn't have agreed to the deal at first place!!! So, anyone who is criticizing PCB for this action needs to understand the reality of situation.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 21:53 GMT)

This is excellent news. Insha Allah, one day people themselves will wish to visit Pakistan, and even if it never happens, it doesn't behoove us to demean ourselves by begging, especially the team against which we have set a record for the longest all-time winning streak, unbroken as I write this. @ Sudhir65: I don't recall Pakistani players whining about the IPL, some fans do yes. I for my part pray that Pakistan remains banned. As for BPL, Pakistan has little to gain. People like Imran Nazir and Ahmed Shehzad perform there and get selected in the national side, making life hard for us. We have the shortest domestic T20 tournament and yet have a decent national side.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 16, 2013, 21:41 GMT)

PCB thought that BCB would stop BPL as pakistani players have been debarred to play.That's why PCB made a last moment call. But feel sorry for PCB as they have failed in their 'honest' approach.

Posted by AbdulHanan on (January 16, 2013, 21:37 GMT)

Morally , this was one of the bad and coward decisions in the history of Pak cricket. Now PCB should compansate those players who may not be the part of Pak cricket team. Abdul Razzaq and many others like Imran Nazir mentioned in this column are unlikely to be a part of pak team. Now, I think, these leagues are their bread and butte. No doubt, Zaka Ashraf did many good things for the well being of cricket in Pak but this kind of decision demonstartes how a typical Bureaucrat he could be.

Posted by ak_dragon on (January 16, 2013, 21:17 GMT)

Excellent Decision by Mr.Zaka & His Team. If BCB don't keep his own words then there is no point of sending his player.Teach them a lesson so next time u won't do that with any one, TIT FOR a golden Rule...Mate...!

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 16, 2013, 21:14 GMT)

@brainlesseinstein - There is no discrimination in IPL based on nationality as per your one-sided and irrational comments. Players from all nations line up and are part of IPL. Just like England refused to tour Zimbabwe for political reasons, India does not want to do anything with a nation bent on creating problems in India, instead of cleaning up your own backyard.

Posted by pak_sungi on (January 16, 2013, 21:00 GMT) many good gesture do BCB needs.PCB has be supporting BCC whenever needed.Gesture should be from both sides not only from PCB. BCB should have fullfilled its commitment of touring Pakistan.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

Good decision by PCB. PCB always supported BCB in every difficulty they had but in response BCB always cheated PCB. BCB should cancel BPL and spend same money to develop first class infrastructure so better players can be produced to save their test cricket. Otherwise they are going to lose their test status..

Posted by AsadRaza on (January 16, 2013, 20:56 GMT)

Right Decision from PCB. BDS deserved this kind of reply. they again and again didn't keep their words. Now they will play with players like Masakadza, Kevin O brian, Mushfiqur Rahim etc.. Hahahaha. Well I think ICC should reconsider their test status too, because every time Kenya play with them, Beat them. So Kenya deserved to be a Test Side.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

Big deal Pakistan players have withdrawn at the last minute, we were expecting that anyway and besides, only 2 franchises Khulna Bengals and Duronto Rajshahi has been greatly affected by it but we have started to sign other players already. Now no more International Cricket in Pakistan and I mean the full member countries not associates like Scotland or Afghanistan.

Posted by mmunem on (January 16, 2013, 20:43 GMT)

I understand from a national pride perspective why the Bengalis are saying they dont need Pakistani players but lets look at the reality. Bangladesh has not beaten Pakistan in any format of the game in the last 10 years! Furthermore, if you look at records for the last 2 years Pakistan has played 14 Tests (8 Wins, 2 Losses, and 4 Ties/No Results), 52 ODIs (32 Wins, 18 Losses, and 2 Ties/No Results), and 21 T20s (12 W, 8 Losses, and 1 Tie/No Result). Pakistan has a WINNING record in all formats! While Bangladesh has played 7 Tests (0 Wins, 6 Losses, and 1 Tie/No Result), 29 ODIs (11 Wins, 18 Losses), and 11 T20s (5 Wins, 6 Losses). Bangladesh has a LOSING record in all formats! Bangladesh is not even in the same league as Pakistan! The Bengalis need to be quiet and be very grateful for any match Pakistan has and will play with them.

Posted by m.moyaz on (January 16, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

moyaz, canada : believe or not it's a mistake by pakistan team. bd showed respect and valued to pakistan players. they destroyed it. they will regret it. see india never invites pakistani and now even political problem b2in pak and india it will make it worse. look the situation in pakistan how can u expect a country will send a team.pakistan failed to give security to foreign playes in past who will gurantee now it's possible. pakistan still have time to think, it's your loss any common sense would figure it out

Posted by snbirdi on (January 16, 2013, 20:33 GMT)

A brave and admirable decision by Bangladesh. Pakistan was up to its shady ways again and clearly trying to blackmail them, but they stood tall and didn't give in. Bravo gentlemen. Well played.

Posted by Mr.Moody on (January 16, 2013, 20:23 GMT)

bangalis keep enjoying your dont need us [pakistani] and frankly said we dont need conflict ends. stop fighting enjoy cricket. we pakistanis love traditional and tough cricket thats why waiting desperately for upcoming tour..we pakistanis dont believe in MICKY MOUSE CRICKET which unfortunately other asian countries are blindly following. just look how our professor hafeez lamenting the lack opportunites for playing TEST cricket for pakistan..this shows everything

Posted by Attractivue on (January 16, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and this is a ridiculous decision by PCB. You cannot have to for tat on that level. This is not an argument between two little girls, it's a matter of security and stability. Ridiculous!

Posted by safyan_iqbal on (January 16, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

im a pakistani n i love bangladesh alot...specially wen i read tht it was more of our fault n injustice was done with eastern side....i always wanted to reconcile n pay back....i was v happy wen there was pak india match in dhaka n all the crowd was supporting remained like this all these years bt the 1st time a dent was made wen v won from u in asia cup twice....ur attitude was so bad on tht..was extremly childish......wat mistake pak did there...just tht we wanted to win like any other team...n won too...tht thing alwaz remained in ur heart n u did an appeal too to icc against a decision....n frm there it started n thn u decided not to come to was an immediate reaction of tht...PCB is just showing the reaction...bad action is taken alwaz from ur side...i hope bangladesh ppl will mature with time n take the defeats n wins in good spirits..otherwise they will do like this with other countries too n will create problems 4 all

Posted by Innovater on (January 16, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Feel said for all our Bengali friends but they bought this by themself. Firstly, they shouldnt backed of their commitment and secondly, they should have asked the PCB first not players. Thus, Bengalis wish you best of luck i hope their are still lots of players available for playing in the BPL from countries likes of ZIMBABWE, CANADA, UAE, KENYA and from other affliates. So dont worry everything will be fine. BPL would still be a success and I wish all of you best of luck

Posted by Darren27 on (January 16, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

Bravo, BCB bravo. I think you have taken good decision to not to bow head infront of PCB's wrong way of bargaining and the way they played even upto the inauguration. I know PCB is desperate of their home matches, but their this activity will make them more isolated and their players might be frustrated due to their financial losses. And its a huge by slap by BCB to carry on the tournament from the fixed date. Wish BCB best of luck and will be very glad from UK to see them to run the BPL smoothly.

Posted by Hardcore.Pakistani on (January 16, 2013, 20:08 GMT)

@ lut4rahman... lol, Replacement of Pakistani players in BPL, LMAO, son the first edition of BPL only succeeded due to Pakistani players, highest runs, highest wickets, most man of match awards, most boundaries, most stylish fielder, best wicket keeper, most stylish player, MOST EXPENSIVE PLAYER, all the BEST belonged to Pakistani's in BPL, the way i see it, there is only one player left Chris Gayle who can give BPL a lift, Good Luck 4 ur tournament, will surely want to see the replacements... LOL>..

Posted by basilbenz on (January 16, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@ Warm Coffee Us Pakistanis will be so happy, when Bangladesh will finally learn how to play cricket.

Posted by drnaveed on (January 16, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

sounds like " TIT FOR TAT", the BCB tried to be over smart, and they got their own medicine, they deserved was a bold decision by the PCB.PCB is not against the BD fans, the whole Pakistan was annoyed because BCB ex president mustafa kamal gave in written that his side will tour Pakistan,and later he refused that he gave any such assurity,even your present BCB president said that he has in written the promise commited by mr mustafa akmal,and he further said that he will ask mr kamal. if the present BCB was was sincere, than he should have looked into the matter on very urgent basis,but he too is like the previous gentleman.

Posted by muhammadjunaidan on (January 16, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

I agree with PCB Decision , BCB should be very thankful to PCB as they realy helped them initially ,they gave them support in bad times of BCB not PCB has some problems , instead of helping them they are making the execuses , Srilankans are far better than BCB ,

Posted by Basoo on (January 16, 2013, 19:47 GMT)

Being a Pakistani, I agree with SirViv1973, two wrongs does not make right. PCB should have allowed to players to join, this will show a good gesture from PCB. Not to mention that it helps Pakistani players who are already not part of IPL or any leagues.

Posted by iHashmi81 on (January 16, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

"most of the replacements are at a par with the Pakistan players" ... Are you kidding me BCB ? You're telling me there are domestic crickets in Bangladesh who are "at par" with the likes of Ajmal, Imran Nazir, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and even the out of form Afridi ?... And for a moment, let's assume this statement is true .. then riddle me this ... why are these extremely talented players hiding in Bangladesh ? Why aren't they playing in the international T20 team that had been mauled and humiliated and beaten so many times in the last few years, its embarrassing to watch them play now

Posted by brainlesseinstein on (January 16, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

Thus it makes sense to not allow Pakistani players in BPL. It is in the best interest of the local players, International cricket and the Bangladeshi crowd (as Pakistani cricketers are unsalable, evident from IPL auction)

Posted by brainlesseinstein on (January 16, 2013, 19:42 GMT)

@SirViv197: The neutral point of view is appreciated but there are a few flaws to the premise on which the judgement was made in your comment. First of all, Pakistani players were denied the right to play in BPL because of the ongoing domestic league. Initially a decision was made to allow cricketers play in BPL so that the Pakistani crowd can watch International cricket in Pakistan again. It seemed a fair trade off. But because of the unprofessional attitude shown by BCB, that is agreeing to tour and backing off, not once but 3 times forced PCB to decide the contrary. Afterall, the local league holds more importance than the lucrative contracts for the players. And I believe, it is also in the best interest of the local as well as International cricket.

Secondly, PCB never stopped players from playing in IPL but it was the decision made by IPL franchises to discriminate on the basis of the nationality of players and not purchasing any Pakistani cricketer.

Posted by Dr_Nasir.. on (January 16, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

as a pakistani i think its very brave and excelent decion by PCB...i am very very very very happy with zaka my life this is 1st time pcb take a stance..other wise most of time pcb remain in defensiv mood...i dont wana see my country players in BPL or IPL...county crickt and BBL is enough for our players....i know this is very very tough time for pakistan...there is no cricket in my country...but remember BCB and BCCI...???. times will chang soon..when no one will play in your country...same like 8 or 10 years before in sri lanka..nd now in pakistan...

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 16, 2013, 19:36 GMT)

have you guys ever heard about a tournament named 'QUAD-E-AZAM'? i have just heard about it from a pakistani. well, i wonder if people apart from pakistanis have ever heard of this tournament. lol....

Posted by Crik_Fan on (January 16, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Instead of blaming the unverifable conspiracy theories and indulging in childish sarcasism why dont Pakistani fans understand that problem lies in the current security situation within Pakistan. Demonizing BCB or BCCI or IPL is not going to help. It might provide some mental comfort but in the long run it will recoil on you only. And for heaven's sake stop thinking that a tournament will become dull without Pakistan players. I dont think anyone bothers about absence of Pakistani players. I hope a day comes when teams find it safe to travel and play in Pakistan.

Posted by mazii on (January 16, 2013, 19:28 GMT)

Go on with IPL and BPL. Pakistan is better off withour playing these leagues. Look where is India now in world cricket after playing so much of IPL. Pakistan thrashed India in India and to vent their frustration, Indian fans are here to malign Pakistan cricket. All know Pakistan helped Bangladesh cricket whenever they want our help. It is a good decision to learn a stern lesson to those who reneged on their promises. Look what is coming out of Indian cricket? Indian cricket is going worse with every passing year just because of IPL. Bangladesh's test status must be reviewed immediately as they couldn't able to win even a single test against top ranked team despite of having the same for over 13 years. India don't want Bangladesh to come to India to play cricket and here Indian fans are making nexus with Bangladeshis. Isn't it hilarious? Indian fans must concentrate on their team's pathetic performance on home and away rahter than giving provocative comments here against Pakistan.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16, 2013, 19:25 GMT)

Us Bangla fans are so happy that no more tour to Pakistan good luck! :P

Posted by lut4rahman on (January 16, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

looks like pakistanies are very happy, they are always like this. but the fact is bangladesh is the winner, because they were looking for a reason to avoide the tour to pak, also this will be shown as a reason not to no send players in PSL, some sources of BCB confirmed that pakistani players will not be in next BPL's(2014) auction list. bangladesh will surely find replacement by tomorrow

Posted by flyboy_forever on (January 16, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

tch tch BD fans please be realistic and see where you stand in the cricketing world.Pak is a powerhouse of cricket,we just defeated india in india,whitewashed No1 ranked team in tests (eng),even in our worst days we win tests and one days in england and SA.where does ur team stand?? are Paks bunnies for so long.go and check how many times u have lost to pak consecutively?its a world record.pak plyers participation is good for ur league not vice versa.Pak n its players wont suffer bcos of non participation in ur league.its pak who always support you despite others calling you a misfit in the league of giants.after so many years u r still minnows and sore loser(asia cup final proved).so plz keep your kiddish league to urself and learn to hnour ur words

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

@prosmatic: You missed the most important thing - The player of the tournament!!! hehehe

Posted by SirViv1973 on (January 16, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

A neutral view, I think it is difficult to tell if the BCB were really going to tour Pak or if the security concerns were a convenient excuse. However 2 wrongs don't make a right & the PCB decision to ban Pak players from the BPL seems like an act of 'toys out the pram'. IMO PCB shld have allowed their players to play. They have been denied the opportunity to share in the IPL's riches for 4 long yrs & even if that changes with IPL6 with only a ltd amount of places available 4 foreign players to be picked up a doubt more than a handful will be offered contracts. You also need to consider if the BCB were actually being truthful. They did actually say that the tour was not cancelled & they would look at potentially rearranging 4 later in the yr. The PCB decision now means there will def be no Int cricket in Pak again this yr (unless Afg can be persuaded to play the odd ODI or T20) which is a great shame for cricketing hotbeds such as Lahore & Karachi & again its the fans who miss out.

Posted by Jafar-raza on (January 16, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

@ Bigdhonifan I think we have to remind you guys, what Pakistani players did couple of weeks ago in India. Talking about 3rd rate Pak players, so you think India has 1st rate players, but they can't even beat Pak players in their own territory. Since Pak players have left the IPL, the value of the tournament has gone from 10 to 4 or 3. So this should tell you that how much Pak players can impact on the tournaments. Plus, BCB deserve that from PCB after playing game with them to tour or not.

Posted by armaan_kashif on (January 16, 2013, 19:02 GMT)

Hats-off to Mr. Zaka Ashraf, Tit for Tat, Despite strenuous efforts by PCB to promote BCB on highest levels (in ICC), BCB remained dubious to take a straight forward decision. This time BCB tried to linger on till PCB will send players for the BPL, and after that BCB had planed to deny the tour. Well BCB have some heart n courage to b straight forward. I must say an excellent lesson to BCB by PCB.

Posted by MFB76 on (January 16, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

Well finally PCB has shown some courage and shown BD where they belong. BCB had been embarrassing PCB at the behest of BCCI and it has had to pay the price. The players have nt really lost much as BCB has a history of payment problems anyways. BPL will die a swift death wo the Pakistanis as other Than Gayle, there were no other international players of repute. They were discarded players who were trying to make buck. AnywaysBCB called for it and got it

Posted by British_North_America on (January 16, 2013, 18:59 GMT)

bigdhonifan Thanks for your comments.Love you Indians.Please support our league as we support your IPL.

Posted by Jahanzai on (January 16, 2013, 18:57 GMT)

Now this is what I call tit for tat ! The Big Bash of Australia and Friend's Provident T20 cup is the actual league to follow and Pakistani players are well honored here!! the IPL is literally a useless tournament which has caused fitness problems and natural game of an individual !! Bangladesh should have shown professionalism and true spirit of Cricket !! They've made many tours of their clearing team.... they make a statement of clarity in Pakistan. Despite this, the BCB is not showing concern.

Posted by BowledYa on (January 16, 2013, 18:55 GMT)

I agree with the PCB decision. At some point BCB has to look at the pros and cons. It was only a 2 match tour as I undertsand it and they had reviewed the security arrangements before making their commitment to PCB. Why they decided to back out I can only assume is due to politics. PCB knows it will take some time to attract other teams to visit and someone will have to take the first bold step. We thought it would be Bangladesh. Somehow Pakistan cricket still flourishes and it will be absolutely huge when international cricket does resume.

Posted by champions_of_PAKISTAN on (January 16, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

and guys there is One more problem.. AS QUAD-E-Azam trophy is going on and there is seriouse pressure on PCB thay they should not allow there players to leave biggest domestic tournament(played in Pak)..many former crickters were saying first choice should be Quadi-E-Azam Trophy

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

People leaving very childish, even almost racist, comments on this. Its nothing to do with Indians - not your problem. As for BCB, how long were the PCB going to be given the run around by them. Everytime it was - just send your players for BPL & vote for us at ICC then we will tour. Well, PCB voted for you at ICC and sent players for first BPL. When BCB turn comes to send their team - its more and more conditions, followed by a last minute "rethink" - not even a straight forward answer. Just delay and another send your players for BPL 2. Well its no surprise PCB has announced this just 1 day before - if you play with fire you will get burnt. Give the PCB a straight forward answer at the start and they would have done the same. Now good luck to BPL. Hope it entertains.....

Posted by champions_of_PAKISTAN on (January 16, 2013, 18:45 GMT)

I think Both PCB and BCB need to solve their issues.. It was first BCB because 2-3 times they say we will tour then no. At last occasion Pak had done everything supponsers were ready and at 11hour BCB decided no to TOUR Pakistan.. I know the security is not good but thats the case for last 4 years. SO BCB should not made comitment to PCB for coming to PAK..and at mean time they said NO This time PCB shoked them at 11th hour.. SO BCB look before you leave

Posted by djzan on (January 16, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

one of the fellow write that pak players are 3rd rate player, i think he forget the ranking of SAYEED AJMAL in one day and T20 and test, he forget the ranking of MOHAMMAD HAFEEZ, he forget the the most wicket taking bowler on t2o, he forget that PAKISTAN is the only team who palyed all t20 semifinals, he forget that PAKISTAN crushed the india in their HOMELAND recently, he forget that PAKISTAN also crushed the England in test series in 2012 in Dubai, so my dear fellow check all these stats then make any comments.....

Posted by visionbangladesh1 on (January 16, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Alhamdulillah! Good thing is hopefully after this BCB will cancel Pakistan tour, and we general public do not have to come on the street to protest against this tour anymore. Followed by no need for us to join PCL. But yes, I will miss great cricketers like Razzak and Azhar Mahmood. Don't really care about the rest. So yeah, over all its a win win situation. Speaking of that, lets not quarrel anymore. Let the game begin! I am soooo looking forward to the battle between Dhaka and Shylet! :D Shakib vs Gazi! Lets see who wins!

Posted by uzairamir on (January 16, 2013, 18:38 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 google them and youll know why you cannot replace them

Posted by khurramsch on (January 16, 2013, 18:31 GMT)

not so good i think. in the end its franchises & fans who will suffer not BCB or PCB. BCB statements have been doubtfull. they have just shown that icc is right to get rid of politicians from cricket. there was no need for them to say they are coming 2nd time & then backing off like 1st time. then clash betwen kamal & current head's statments. for pcb i think they should have sent some players. the squad for SA will not be a part but other can, and the last thing BD hasnt got that much height in international cricket that with their tour big teams would come to pak. so there is really no need for pcb to ask them again & again. kamal wanted VP & he did all this mess.

Posted by Shah71 on (January 16, 2013, 18:28 GMT)

No problem for BPL and Bangladeshi supporters . We must see the better cricket here without pak player . let's enjoy BPL 2013 LIVE.

Posted by prosmatic on (January 16, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

BCB chief says they can replace Pak players Google it or cricinfo please, if you don't trust me. It was Ahmed Shezad who was the highest run getter in BPL . it was Mohd Sami who was the highest wicket taker in BPL . It was Azhar Mehmood who won the most no of man of the matches . It was the Nasir Jamshed who hit the most no of boundries in BPL and the highest run getter for Chitagong KING . it was Shahid Afridi who was the most expensive player . It was Mohd sami who took hatrick . It was Kamran Akmal who was the highest run getter for Sylet Royals . It was Fawad Alam who took the catch of tournament. Replace them now if you Can...!!

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 16, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

@abcdef_12345 just write anwar ali in google ... you will know .... Azeem ghuman is good opener and striking batsman ... zulfiqar babar good left hand spinner .. top wicket taker ..... these all the next fidels and probables for Pakistan cricket

Posted by AHZ-Dubai on (January 16, 2013, 18:19 GMT)

To abcdef : I agree that Pakistanis do not know the payers you mentioned. Unfortunately our unkown players are better than anything you have to offer in Bangladesh. No talent but you still want o play cricket!

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 16, 2013, 18:14 GMT)

@safyan_iqbal you rock man !

Posted by CricLook on (January 16, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

Bold decision from BCB. We invite international players but that does not mean we will locked to any country. If pakis dont come..they will only suffer. Pakis are not welcomed around the world. They have few opportunities to choose. BPL will go forward

Posted by bdfighter1 on (January 16, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

who cares if the pakis are not playng BPL? PCB just taken childish dicision. They should realize BCB has no liabilities to push bd players to their ever insecured condition to initiate international cricket in pakistan. Why they are trying to convince BCB rather than others. U thought its a cheap call, huh! Poor PCB! Before cricket u must have changd ur attitude along with ur national condition. At least cricket is not possible in battle field.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

This just says how childish both boards are. BD board should not have played games and be clear to PCB that they can't send their team. PCB on the other hand could have played responsible board and could have said that they understand the BD problems and look for alternatives. Or even if they want to punish BD for their unprofessional attitude they should have announce that they will not send their players to BD long time ago. Now they are as much unprofessional as BD board. Also, by playing these games both board ruin their relationships and what if they need each other votes in future. However, PCB has more responsibility to be more professional board since they are the one well established board and should play role of elder brother and if younger brother do something wrong you try to talk to them or you punish them lightly but you don't ruin their plans. It is a mutual loss of brothers. a perspective from Paki,

Posted by Meximillion on (January 16, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

welldone PCB, good decission, BCB has no value, it does not do what it say, also it is a 3rd class league. I know very well pakistani people dont want to see their team to play like Bang. team.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 16, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

I do not know why it will be difficult to find replacements for Azeem Ghumman, Zulfiqur Babar, Babar Azam , Sohel Ahmed,Haris Sohail , Bilawal Bhatti, Sharjil Khan, Anwar Ali , Raja Ali Dar, Saeed Anwar jnr, Khalid Latif, etc.Do even Pakistani people know them?

Posted by sadi_ashraf on (January 16, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

That was the question of bread & butter for Pakistani players. Pakistanies must realize that Pakistan is not the safest place for cricket.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 16, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

@safyan_iqbal->Right on target bro..Totally agree with you.. BPL..Just go & try to replace all those Pak players who won matches for you & made the first edition successful

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Another good decision by PCB.. served BCB right for saying last minute no to Pakistan in the first place..

Posted by ArifIslam10 on (January 16, 2013, 17:53 GMT)

PCB wanted revenge to BCB. But the result is not good for cricket. At the end, Bangladeshi players saved their lives not to go world's most dangerous place and Pak players lose some opportunity to play cricket and earn money. Pak players are the LOOSERS in the end. BPL will move on as BD cricket.....

Posted by Solid_Snake on (January 16, 2013, 17:51 GMT)

Well Done PCB..I am so happy... & btw people who are talking about loss of Pak players themselves..Lol dont worry..Our PSL is on its way..It would cover up all the money for our Pak players..Lets see how your BPL goes without our Pakistani match winner players..In first edition of BPL,it was all Pakistan everywhere from Batting to bowling everything.

Posted by Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on (January 16, 2013, 17:45 GMT)

BCB learned a good lesson how to deal with the pakis. they proved it again they are a mess and they made mess of things where ever they go. I hope our franchise don't pick any pakis in the future.

Posted by qazi255 on (January 16, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

I say to be people even Afghanistan team is better than bnglades lol a person saying shakib is next G Sobbers what a joke even bresnen of england is better alrounder than shakib BD live in or own air castle have u even won more than 30 matches in international cricket just keep on bragging be and we though can not play in our country at moment but can defeat u anytime crickets beauty is fast bowling have u ever produced a quality fast bowler have u ever produced a quality batsman as far as Tamim concerned he is better player but not world class

Posted by zaf100 on (January 16, 2013, 17:37 GMT)

What happened was expected because of the politics played by the BCB. There will be no winners just losers on both sides. Pakistan players will lose some money but young Bangladeshi players will lose the chance of playing with and against quality players. Had BCB been honest with PCB from the start this situation wouldn't have arised. Ego problems nothing else. As they say life goes on tournament will be definitely suffer and probably be a flop show. Not many players will jump the chance of playing in BPL because of payments problems of last year.One must learn lesson from mistakes all these things should've been sorted lot earlier rather leave it at the last minute. Please passionate fans from both sides refrain from using insulting language. I am sure cricket will resume between brothers very soon.

Posted by azadcse on (January 16, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

It is unfair that PCB tries to force BD to tour Pakistan while they do not ask other nations to tour. Although PCB argues that Pakistan is safe for touring countries but recent news do not suggest so. BD cricket fans strongly opposed the proposed tour which BCB and government can not ignore. By no means sending players to BPL and sending BD national team to Pakistan are equivalent. Success of a tournament is far less important than the safety of national team.

Posted by torsha on (January 16, 2013, 17:36 GMT)

We don't want pak players in BPL. First they missed IPL and now BPL. lol

Posted by faizan_feroz on (January 16, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

to all bangla fans : if bd cant come to pakistan on security basis then bd must also realize that a country;s domestic season shud be its utmost priority if bd visited us which they shudnt then there was no doubt that plyers shud be sent but if its only give and give then theres no point of a relationship as reltionship shud be mutual . still best of luck to ur league so put the stopper on the lid and dream abt the league simple , but 1 must agree that the league to be effective in nurturing and producing players will be affected as to grow players u need experience and quality plyrs in ur side and pak cud have helped in that way,

Posted by AHZ-Dubai on (January 16, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

It is true that international teams may not visit Pakistan for foreseeable future due to security reasons and that is partly understandable. The sad truth for my BD friends is that major international teams do not travel to BD for cricketing reasons. They just do not want to play a team which does not deserve "Test Status". The security situation in Pakistan will one day improve but quality of cricket in BD has not improved in 20 years and will not improve in next 50 years.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Good move BY BCB but this decession the should take before at least on week starting BPL ,than all franchise can make a balance team but still have chance to make BPL more intresting by buying some good players from AUSTRELIA , SRILANKA ,S A , ENGLAND . PCB put us on a chalange and we BD PEOPLE need to show hole world that without PAK players we can make succss BPL BY going watch BPL IN stadium AND paste comment in FB, tweeter and other social site. come on BANGLADESH

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

Zaka Ashraf said on 16th january 2013 @German Radio Deutsche Welle, "We never conditioned the participation of our players with the Bangladesh tour [BPL]. Bangladesh wants to send its team [to Pakistan] but has reservations as last year the Government of Punjab denied to provide them security." BCB is still cordial enough to postponed PAK tour, I would like to see them saying a straight NO to Pakistan. PCB is somewhat successful, causing harm to BPL organizers. But nothing goes unpaid. This decision is going to backfire them surely.

Posted by DARKLORD91 on (January 16, 2013, 17:19 GMT)

to be honest both sides lose out in one way or the other .....both the pcb and bcb have flaws..its not fair to be linking a tour with giving players nocs for a t20 league......bcb should never even have gone into an agreement with pak over the touring issue ...then when bangladeshi security team gave a green signal for the tour there comes no excuse after it ...saying that i am glad bd didnt tour cox i am sure it wouldnt have changed the situation one bit ....lets move on

Posted by tofazzel on (January 16, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

CRIC-CAST!: Both Mr Zaka and Mr Kamal won the battle causing a simple loss to cricket - the gentlemen game. We all will forget this stupid race but some more money will be spent by the two boards officials to restore the friendly relations in future.

Posted by reality_check on (January 16, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

In the short term, both PCB and BCB lose out because of tit-for-tat refusal to visit/play. In the long run it will be BCB that will suffer more than PCB. PCB knew that even if BCB visited Pakistan for a very short ODI series, it will still not convince the other major countries like Eng/Aus/SA to visit Pakistan. That will surely take time but to speed up the process a little bit to perhaps invite the like of West Indies or Zimbabwe, which will still be better than no cricket, PCB insisted on BCB tour to go ahead. There was no other significant gain from this tour for PCB. BCB on the other hand not only lose out on 26 already sold Pakistani players in BPL, they will have to somehow replace them. If BPL teams had the opportunity to buy Eng/Aus/SA star players, they would have done so seeing that Pakistan may retaliate for refusal to tour. Simply put, there are no star players available from these three countries plus Indian players are already out.

Posted by iNsiDers on (January 16, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Very good decision. We cannot trust BCB any more. They say something else and do something else. If a board cant keep up their promise then no need to send our players to their country who are far better than others.WELL DONE PCB !!

Posted by munim313 on (January 16, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

So what if Pakistani Players don't participate. BPL will still go on. It suppose be giving chance to domestic players to show their performance. And why would BCB send BD team to Pakistan? Unlike other international cricket team, we also seek a secure cricket environment.

Posted by AHZ-Dubai on (January 16, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

BD does not play international standard cricket. It's just a painful truth. They have not improved and they will never do so. The only way a BD team can win a match is if there is another BD team playing against it. A true indication of the quality of BD players is the Hugh prices they fetch at the only true cricket market place ie the IPL. Market never lies.

Posted by AbdulMoeez on (January 16, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

BD must remember how they got test team status....Simple question for BD fans if BPL is your local league then why you invited our players and now why u getting out from your limits after PCB decision.....We don't have any interest in BPL & IPL. Our players should concentrate on S.A. tour and PSL. To play street cricket is better than to play in BPL. BPL is 3rd class league so our players don't need to play......Now BCB and BD team got their 1st reward from Pakistan and future they will rewarded with more rewards....BCB get ready for your failure....BD fans do u remember final of asia cup 2012..........

Posted by Toescrusher on (January 16, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

These turned into a political hide and seek rather than cricket; fan on both sides should be naive not to understand it. All of this started by the apology demanded by the Govt in Bangladesh; apology would have served its merit forty years a go? As far as Pakistan cricket is concern Pakistan is not begging any one to take Pakistani players into their league, there are plenty of leagues available around the world. Once should be very clear that Pakistan is a top cricketing nation and it knows how to maintain its top standard without BCB as a matter of fact it is other way around it is the BCB who needs cricketing lesson from Pakistan. Anyone who thinks Pakistan Fan should be sorry; they don't know what they are talking about. On pure cricketing ground Bangladesh is too far behind from Pakistan; it is Bangladesh who needs Pakistan not the other way around!!

Posted by qazi255 on (January 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

ahhh bangla people saying that pakistan lost international cricket in pakistan i wanna ask you poeple what u hve gathered by playing in ur home just losing all matches here cricinfo doesnt allow to post aggressive comment otherwise i know many terrorist acting in bd also .and also no india no pakistan no australias big player no southafricas top players no english players what left to u. our street cricket players are even better than BD international players

Posted by PakCricketistanLover on (January 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

To all PCB had every right not to send players to a ex-partner who the PCB in the past have nurtured their players, their administration, helped them in their test status, and most of all nominated Mustafa Kamal for the post of VP at ICC, he is next in line for the Presidency, all of this would not have been possible without the support of PCB. Now coming to BPL, its a failure. Those who believe its an easy way to big money, big local star players have not been even paid their dues from last year, let alone their stipend for this years league. Moreover, big names were a no show in a last year league as well, the only star players to have played were from Pakistan and West Indies. Now that Pakistan is gone, I don't believe much of the players at bay looking at the financial health of BPL and BCB; moreover Bangladesh should look elsewhere for competitive cricket, tour Ireland they are tough condition to win in, and Canada can be tough at home too. Its good to be in terms with reality.

Posted by rhaq on (January 16, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

ohhh...Pak... missed IPL... now miss BPL...better next time... well done BCB ...

Posted by Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on (January 16, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

My urges to BCB please don't push players to go to pakistan and risk their life specially Shakib and Tamim. They are the shining jewels of our cricket. Shakib is our future Garfield Sobers and Tamim would be our future Gordon Greenidge.BPL provides a great platform to the upcoming team like us it provides reach cricket by involving big international cricketers and thus our cricketers would get self belief and confidence.PCB Please keep your politics to your self i give you a solution use your emotions somewhere else you should invite Afgan or Nepal team maybe.

Posted by AMUZAMMIL on (January 16, 2013, 17:00 GMT)

PCB has made the right decision but at the wrong time, they should have retaliated immediately when BCB hinted to cancel/postpone the tour. Though our players will be deprived of handsome sum of money, however, money matters less when country's reputation is at stake. BCB cant be blamed as well, because they are following their Govt's stance against Pakistan and its people, which is shame ful for whole Bangla Deshi people, we are Muslim first and nations second. I request to BD Govt to separate politics from support/cricket and send your team in first instance to make our brotherly countries close to each other. I don't want to mention the support PCB/Cricketers rendered in the past to promote BD cricket team and its stature. Look at the performance of PAK Team, we beat INDIA at their home soil, and it will be a great experience for BD team to play with Beaters of current world champion and escalate their expertise to next level. Fans from BD & PAK plz dnt be sentimental and love each

Posted by atif0808 on (January 16, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

A couple of things here: 1) Whatever has happened between the two boards does not reflect on how the common public/fans or cricket players think alike. 2)People who love the sport and the talent within will always support any player be it Pakistani, Bengali. Cricket should be kept away from any politics and that is the prime reason why it has suffered in the subcontinent 3) There is no need for people to say anything negative about an entire nation or its players/fans and how one will suffer or the other. The real problem here are the people sitting on both the boards, they lack communication, say things that they cannot live upto and then when something does not go on either end, they have a grudge to show. This implies for both boards.

Posted by Malik121 on (January 16, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

Yeah ! I think thats a good decision made by PCB. If u see Bangladesh, they always been playing a micky mouse game with PCB but this is the time for PCB to show tham the reality. And i am very happy to see tham with out our players. I am sure, that one day they will knock our door for the cricket revival.

Posted by cric4lyf on (January 16, 2013, 16:57 GMT)

now BPL will be teenager cricket class wat so ever....bangali dont deserve to play talent no class..real shame for asian cricket

Posted by PPD123 on (January 16, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

I think this decision will leave a huge strain in the relationship between PCB and BCB. BCB was one of the very few boards actually inclined to support PCB in their endeavor to have cricket return to pakistan soil, but I am afraid, now with this unwanted action, BCB will think million times before setting foot on Pakistan soil. Leaving it till the eleventh hour before pulling your players out, is nothing but a deliberate attempt to put a spanner on BPL, though it is a small club tournament, but I guess is very dear to the bangladeshi folks, and being the sentimental/emotional folks that they are... I am sure there will be a similar retaliation from BCB in the near future.

Posted by qazi255 on (January 16, 2013, 16:54 GMT)

lol BD if you so much in love with india why india not sending there players in BPL lols and tell me Dear Bangladesh!

Google it please, if you don't trust me.

It was Ahmed Shezad who was the highest ... run getter in BPL . it was Mohd Sami who was the highest wicket taker in BPL . It was Azhar Mehmood who won the most no of man of the matches . It was the Nasir Jamshed who hit the most no of boundries in BPL and the highest run getter for Chitagong KING . it was Shahid Afridi who was the most expensive player . It was Mohd sami who took hatrick . It was Kamran Akmal who was the highest run getter for Sylet Royals . It was Fawad Alam who took the catch of tournament.

Replace them now if you can.

We are watching you

Posted by safyan_iqbal on (January 16, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

and the bd fans complaining tht v delebrately made the decision late n said no at the last moment...just chek ur NO of nt coming to pak...everything was ready..sponsors were decided...n suddenly u backed....pcb just reacted this time..fault was yours at first place..

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 16, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

@BOND_OO7 ...... Until last moments , it was BCB who were urging PCB to send there players . I am sure , BCB knew that Pakistani player will not come . It is news report that BCB offer PCB that there cricket team will visit Pakistan in April ."JUST TO GET NOC FOR THE PLAYER AND THEN REFUSE TO GO" .

Though I am fully against PCB for what they took the decision but BD also responsible for present hierarchy .

In Pakistan , Newspaper creates so much hype against BD decision for not visiting Pakistan ....... BCCI and south african board was in favor of banning PCB completely after Srilankan attack ....I mean this blood s........Look at the current situation in PK ..if any single more misery happen then Bye bye cricket for any team visiting Pakistan until 25-30 years

Posted by Alive2cu on (January 16, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

Damage has been done by both the boards to themselves as I c it.... First it was Bangladesh, and now it is PCB who has taken the wrong decision.. For PCB, this was high time to tell BCB that how professionals should work, but they did the same mistake as BCB was doing since 1 yr.. In the long run, This rift between the two boards will cause Pakistani players to lose a chance to earn something, and also the country will remain deprived of int cricket for few more yrs.. The bangladesh cricketers also have lost the opportunity to play with a superior team as they dont get much support from countries like aus, eng etc for full series there, Pakistan is the only country who were always willing to play 3 test match series with them... Big loss in the long run for both the countries.

Posted by tofazzel on (January 16, 2013, 16:49 GMT)

Pak board decision( not giving NOC to their players) will only be a losing issue for 26 Pak players who were auctioned in BPL and once again Mr Zaka and his associates proved themselves wrong for resuming International Cricket in Pak. It now became clear that Pak board was trying to force BCB to visit Pak. As a Bangladeshi fan, I believe that they way BCB former chief dealt with PCB was not rational what has been clear from present BCB chief's statement. If BPL governing can manage this time properly the tournament will certainly be a good one in future. Hope for the best.

Posted by SamNY2013 on (January 16, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Pakistan produce world class players and they dont have to go about in league to prove anything.

BPL teams can be beaten by any Pakistani regional team at any given day, this league is no better then any C Division league without competative players.

Pakistan cricket survived before primere leagues existed and will survive in future.

Posted by Kashif.Anwar on (January 16, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

PCB just gave BCB a dose of their own medicine my calling off the NOC to players, like BCB called of the tour to pakistan at the very brink of the series in Pakistan. Don't make promises which you can't keep. Tables can always turn around. I wish Kamal, the ex bcb chairman, did not make false commitment for a vote in ICC, which he did. This would never have happened and Paki players would have been playing BPL this year, the same as last year. Anyways, best of luck finding replacements and for the tournment as well.

Posted by mrwater18 on (January 16, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

NOW u bangalis board will get to know what is the worth for a PAKISTANI player , BPL is now ruined , i don't think anyone gonna watch this league now, one would rather prefer the test match between quality sides like SA and PAK than watching this NO GOOD league even though it's a 3 hour entertainment. You have got what ur board deserved.

Posted by safyan_iqbal on (January 16, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

Dear Bangladesh! BCB chief says they can replace Pak players Google it or cricinfo please, if you don't trust me. It was Ahmed Shezad who was the highest run getter in BPL . it was Mohd Sami who was the highest wicket taker in BPL . It was Azhar Mehmood who won the most no of man of the matches . It was the Nasir Jamshed who hit the most no of boundries in BPL and the highest run getter for Chitagong KING . it was Shahid Afridi who was the most expensive player . It was Mohd sami who took hatrick . It was Kamran Akmal who was the highest run getter for Sylet Royals . It was Fawad Alam who took the catch of tournament. Replace them now if you Can...!!

Posted by JB34 on (January 16, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

BPL only got sponsorship and telecast contracts because of presence of Pakistani cricketers. With the Pakistanis absent, this is likely to be the last edition of BPL.

Posted by Abiminhas on (January 16, 2013, 16:37 GMT)

A Very Brave & Great decision from PCB. Pakistan always support Bangladesh Cricket from day one till today, PCB Help them for Oneday, Test Status as well as BPL last Year.. but when the day Come Pakistan need some help they give us only dates and Promises. You see after Pakistan Super League InshaALLAH International Cricket Come to Pakistan. and I Am Sorry BD Fans you just lost your Big Brother.. and every time You Think BCCI Support you.. Aaah! they will never send their player to BPL & Even did not invite you for a single series in India.. I just feel Sorry for you.. You Lost Everything

Posted by AbdulMoeez on (January 16, 2013, 16:33 GMT)

Great and Brave decision taken by PCB. If BCB can't support to reveal cricket in Pak. No sense to play cricket for them. BCB got their reward...

Posted by Baundele on (January 16, 2013, 16:27 GMT)

Bangladesh do not need any Pakistan fan to support them. If BPL is going to be a super flop event, so be it and let Bangladesh handle that. Dear Paki fans, please invest your sympathy, thoughts, anger and anything like that in some other place, other issue, not for Bangladesh cricket.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 16, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

To pak fans:you must have to admit that this is just completely ridiculous decision taken by PCB.PCB takes this decision in such a time when 1 day left before BPL starts. PCB has done this to leave BCB in trouble so that BCB has to replace players at the very last moment.I did not imagine such behaviour from PCB. just blackmailing. No more relation with you people. BPL should not allow pakistani players from next year

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 16:20 GMT)

Thanks PCB for not sending our players to BD. We don't have the responsibility to teach cricket to BD players even though we helped them getting test status! :D

Posted by Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on (January 16, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

BPL rocks!! Bad luck for paki fans and the cricketers as well. PCB let them down again.BPL provides hefty income to the players. I am sure BPL is great for cricket world over.

Posted by faahaad_86 on (January 16, 2013, 16:16 GMT)

BCB As you sow, so shall you reap.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 16, 2013, 16:12 GMT)

I must say this decision helped Bangladesh as it is no more a BPL(Ban-Pak League). This will also increase Indian viewers.In the long run PCB will suffer.

Posted by K-amps on (January 16, 2013, 16:11 GMT)

Protesting and making one's feelings known is one thing, but delaying the decision and hampering the progress of others as to punish them is another. PCB should have given BCB long enough notice period purely on established protocols... We need people with a sense of professional courtesy running these boards, not tweens full of hormones and misguided passion.

This is not how relationships are built, it is how they are destroyed.

To build a relationship, one needs to sacrifice and display goodwill.

Posted by anw.chw on (January 16, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

We don't need (also can't take) any pak players, when the PCB is continuously blackmailing us! when even India & other countries are refusing to visit pak, why pcb pressurizing us when there country is a death valley? why pcb failed to convince/blackmail India to visit their country even when they recently played a full ODI & t20 series in India? now its better for young players of BD to prove their talent and its a great scope for them to play more matches with the absence of pak players! Congrats to the BCB for taking the brave & right decision! We have enough reserve players and also we can find other options from Sri Lanka, WI, England, Australia, etc. So no worry for BPL & BD cricket, BD cricket is not looser at all, At the end looser will be the pak players for not getting the handsome money and the ultimate looser will be the PCB, as BD now should not visit Pak at any time as they restricted their players for BPL.. very soon the pcb will realize what foolish things they did..!

Posted by viqas on (January 16, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

LOL on some of the comments here from BPL supporters. Folks ... there are hardly any int'l players in BPL and it has been devalued greatly. I suggest you follow Pak-SA series instead...

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

First of all i must admit that after pakistan ,i have always supported bangladesh and sri lanka...i would continue to support sri lanka but i wont feel the same for bangladesh after all this mess...secondly my friends,if a commitment is made even with an enemy,it should be fulfilled..and bangladesh and pakistan have been friends of cricket ,so bangladesh should have toured as pakistan promised them high security....and one more thing...when your friend gets wounded , you dont just leave him there but you actually help in every way possible...but no would have been a boring series anyway and even for all the love i have for the game of cricket ,i didnt bother watching bpl last year except sporadically checking the stats to know how the pakistani players performed..

Posted by AhmedShaikh on (January 16, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

Bangladesh versus Bangladesh is the only way Bangladesh can win a match!!! no offence...but thats the finally a Bangladeshi team would be able to say that we actually won a title... :)

Posted by SuPerDuPerMaN on (January 16, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

PCB fulfilled its commitment in backing up Mustafa Kamal but BCB failed to live up to its promise. This is something which has hurt Pakistan. Bangladesh coming to Pakistan would not have made any difference any way but Pakistani players not going to BPL would certainly deprive BD cricketers and fans of some real competitive cricket and valuable cricketing experience in the long run.

Posted by lut4rahman on (January 16, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

BPL's this edition may suffer from less players, but what about the next session? no pak players will be invited

Posted by faizan_feroz on (January 16, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

agreed with sum of the bds that nw local players will get more exposure in their league they myt wud develop a few plyrs from there , agreed with some logical talk of pak brothers as well that without paki players only the viewership ratings will dip and hence it will not make that much profit , but main point is this fiasco is gonna tangle the strings of asia , moreover stark which country do u belong to cox if u r an aussie and even if u rn an aussie then aus will only pack their bags to scotland for one one day, azab : yeah that means u wont tour to pak but buddy u still committed to what u do to ur commitments is already knon :) and for all such pakistanis who say thatbpl is gonna flop its not financially possible , but payment fiasco is gonna get bigger this time guaranteed :P !

Posted by Desihungama on (January 16, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

As I said before no International Cricket in Pakistan is sort of a blessing in disguise for the cricketers and team. They are accustomed to playing in varying conditions, able to cope with varying pitches and are more toughened and actually for the first time playing as a unit and this is why we are seeing the results. I rather see them playing their matches in SA, Eng or AUS than dust bowls of Pakistan.

Posted by ilyas_US on (January 16, 2013, 15:56 GMT)

Good going PCB. BCB officials needs to be mature not handle cricket board like a street club. " Fool me once shame on you Fool me twice shame on me.

Posted by Farsi85 on (January 16, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Dear Pakistani friends,Pls Don't be upset for our Bord decision. Cricket is not for give & take. You've 66 years old history of cricket with lots of talented players.We are the youngest country in cricket world since the day we got freedom from you.So we can't gamble with our priceless players by sending them Pakistan. BPL is always hit,Hopefully this year BPL will be supper hit.Feel sorry for the Pak. players,till today they couldn't play for IPL,,Now for the BPL as well.

Posted by Tokai69 on (January 16, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

Those are supporting PCB's decision are living in the world of madness! You could have sent the players to BPL and slap at the same time to BCB. Current BCB president Nazmul Hassan did everything to avoid the situation and got no hint about NOC issue from PCB in Delhi meeting. Here, PCB is returning BCB's previous unprofessional behavior very unprofessionally! Now if you expect BD to send a team in near future, would be a one man team lead by Mr Kamal !!

Posted by dontlikecricket on (January 16, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

About time this PCB & BCB circus ends. Pak should forget that any team will visit Pak in near future. They should make thier first class cricket strong like SA did during thier exclusion period. Atleast unlike SA in the past, they are still playing international cricket. I am not entirley sure why BD still has got test status as they have not improved much and dont deserve test status. Playing meaningless cricket matches devalues the game. Pak atleast has one advantage, countries like UAE, England and even SA are willing to host "Pak home" series. Pak team has great marketability and people all around the world want to see them in action. I am sorry but BD fans have a strange sense of self importence and i think they are delusional. Wining one game here and there does not prove they are any good.

Posted by Dipssy on (January 16, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

They said we cant reach IPL's level. We are getting closer by removing Pak players like india :D

Posted by Baundele on (January 16, 2013, 15:42 GMT)

Thanks PCB for the decision. Now I can whole-heartedly enjoy the BPL.

Posted by Keithnkin on (January 16, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

Watching the drama from the US. I must thank PCB for bringing in extra publicity to BPL. With or without the Pak players, BPL will go on and will only get better with failures and success`. LONG LIVE CRICKET!

Posted by loveusa on (January 16, 2013, 15:41 GMT)

BPL governing body shouldn't get any Pak players in future! :D

Posted by kzaman on (January 16, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

That has been a blessing in disguise for Bangladesh as BCB has got a chance to say no to touring Pakistan. Because BCB was in a great pressure from the people of Bangladesh against touring Pakistan while they were also in pressure of keeping the commitment of previous BCB President for touring Pakistan. Besides, Bangladesh has got a chance to get explored to more international players from more countries. Otherwise, it was like a 'Bangla-Pak' player tournament as all the teams had at lest four Paki Players even Khulna had 7 Paki Players........

Posted by loveusa on (January 16, 2013, 15:39 GMT)

You guys all have to agree this misunderstanding happened due to the dirty politics in cricket!! ICC should eliminate all kind of politicians inside it's cricket boards.

Posted by lolruman on (January 16, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Good decision ,carry on PCB, no international team will tour your country and and you r not going to give NOC to your players to play in their domestic league,a stand only brave nation can take.

Posted by earthchoice on (January 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT)

Let Pak brothers to play cricket their own cricket. BPL will go on. At least we've security, not a war zone like Pakistan. gosh u guys missed the money!

Posted by Tamimfan on (January 16, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

khulna team has only 11 players now in their squad and their 1st match starts in less than 36 hours!! bpl has turned into a real comedy show even before start of tournament.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 16, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Good news if your're a Afghan fan, Mohammad Nabi has just signed up with BPL hopefully more so happy Pakistani players are not coming and no more tour to Pakistan yahoo!!!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Right Decision by PCB Bangladesh should learn from this.. It was Pakistan who introduced Bangladesh Cricket to the World but they are just selfish ...

Posted by Stark62 on (January 16, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

This is a stupid stance taken by the pcb!!

Why not invite Ire, Scot or Holland?!?!

Those countries talk about wanting more cricket with full member countries but yet, they refuse to play Pak in Pak and enhance their skills, plus why did Pak just arrange 2 ODI's against Scot in Scot?

Also, you can't stop players like Razzaq because the selectors have treated him unfairly.

So, where should Razzaq go to earn money?

He doesn't play internationally or is centrally contracted and the payment at FC level is poultry compared to BPL.

Posted by birdz_eye on (January 16, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

BD put this upon themselves & they only have themselves to blame for. As for Pakistan I'd take it as blessing in disguise since I wanted my team to be fresh & hungry for blood before SA tour without any unfit or exhausted player just like we are seeing pathetic Indian show on their home soil. I see it as perfect dent on BCB's financial strength & their cricketers progress in International arena. Bangladesh! loved the way you lie but once bitten twice shy enough is enough.

Posted by Fuad_bs on (January 16, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

BCB committee said that at least the burden of touring in Pakistan is now over and Pakistani players will be given any chance to play BPL at any more. BCB will not bow down their head to any cricket nations in the world. Pakistan wanted to ruin BPL by saying "no" to their players in the very last moment but that's not gonna work. Pakistani fans should realize that BD wanted to tour Pakistan if the second security assessment was satisfactory, which could bring cricket back in Pakistan again but because of this stupid ego, it is PCB who pushed their cricket to the unknown future. BPL will proceed as was planned but Pakistan lost a nation which was their last option to bring hope to their cricket!!!!

Posted by t2_t24 on (January 16, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

@Aoun786.. Agree with you. Its not a great decision. No team will tour Pakistan in next 5 years..This is bad politics, now Pakistan will have to wait a long time to bring a team in its region. And BPL may lose its appetite but people will come and will make it successful one. As crowds are the heart of cricket. No need to worry about that..

Posted by ClaudiaSL on (January 16, 2013, 15:27 GMT)

Dear Bangla brothers! Surprisingly Pakistan cricket has strengthened more in absence of international cricket in their own stadiums! Their team has toughened up more by playing even their home series' away from Pakistan----So it does not matter at all if there is any international match in Pakistan or not! Team of the stature of Bangladesh touring Pakistan would not change perception of other int'l teams anyway and in any case Pakistan should not host any int'l matches these days anyway!

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

In a way I'm quite happy with Zaka Ashraf's decision. BCB wanted PCB's vote in exchange of a series, that part of the promise was never fulfilled by BCB, hence they did deserve a late pullout by Pakistani cricketers, just to create chaos in the BPL ranks.

Despite the BPL being poorly organized, not paying the players etc. they still have quite a few international stars in their league, something the PSL won't quite match up to...that is where the BCB can laugh at us. Could've done it smoothly by allowing BPL to have enough time to seek replacements...right idea, poor execution.

Posted by FRRR on (January 16, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

good move by PCB. If bangla can not fulfill its promises then we should not have any relation with such country.

BPL is plagued with financial issues and it would be wrong to play in Bangla by paying from your pocket. I hope BPL has money to pay local player.

Posted by Papa-cricket on (January 16, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Excellent decision by the PCB. The BCB has been playing cat and mouse with them for too long. I am just a neutral cricket fan and I think it was about time the PCB took this decision and send a strong message out to the cricket boards such as the BCB that always 'plan' on touring pakistan but never do although they have been assured of maximum security. Maximum meaning diplomatic - the one Mrs Clinton gets when shes there. So,tough luck bangalis, you guys asked for it - enjoy your T20 without the stars!

Posted by ISI-Pakisatn-Tanoli on (January 16, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Good decision by PCB..... BCB should learn lesson that u cant break your promise like a kid and run away.... If security was concern they should had never made promise with PCB.... Its is good before going to South Africa our player should play Quaid-e-Azam trophy then T20 tournament.....

Posted by SUHAGCHOWDHURY on (January 16, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

To, PCB Thanks PCB for releasing as and now we are not in pressure of PAK tour we are release from all the commitment.

Thanks again.

Posted by Razag on (January 16, 2013, 15:10 GMT)

This was a good decision by pcb they are forgetting who got them To icc panel otherwise they dont even deserve to in top 10 teams.

Posted by viqas on (January 16, 2013, 15:07 GMT)

Agree that it was an opportunity for Pak players to make some money. However, pride has to take precedence. Secondly, for the folks saying that BPL is an "international" tournament like IPL, I'd say...wake up folks and smell the coffee. Not sure what value will BPL have now that there are next to none international players participating. Likely, it will be devalued big time...

Posted by Aoun786 on (January 16, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

This is pathetic. I am a Pakistani fan and was of the opinion that Zaka is bringing Pakistan cricket back but this decision is a disgrace. Dont hurt cricket due to stupid politics and pity tactics. By this decision now even a slim chance to of BD tour has gone, If PCB had allowed our players to go, this would have been a slap on BCB and I am sure they would have send their team but now there is no chance. only the players are suffering and their future participation in BPL is also in doubt. Not a great decision Zaka.

Posted by SanatAttavar on (January 16, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Stand by your morals and you shall have a successful tournament. I personally enjoyed watching the spunk your guys displayed last year, there'll be a lot of us watching and supporting from India am sure. All the very best.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 16, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

Well being a Neutral fan from India, I would say Pak players' absence might hurt BPL's viewer-ship but that doesn't mean it will a BIG FLOP as some of the Pak fans are claiming. There will still be players from Australia, NZ, WI etc. We need to understand these county leagues are to expose local talent. And the local talent will still be rubbing shoulders with international players. And more importantly BD fans should enjoy watching their Cricketers play and I'm sure they will. I think there are some U-19 lads too in BD who are impressive. Anamul Haque is one of them, I guess.

All the very BEST to BPL.

I hope, more and more local players from BD emerge. Because this is what we (the fans) can expect from such leagues.

Posted by samincolumbia on (January 16, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

It's good to see that BCB did not give into PCB's blackmailing and under handed tactics!! BPL are better off without the Pakistani players in the long run.

Posted by SUHAGCHOWDHURY on (January 16, 2013, 14:59 GMT)

PCB Strangled dere last Hope of returning cricket to their country by not sending Pakistani Players to BPL! Best of luck to Pakistan, lets wait n watch How Cricket returns to ur nation.!?? Insha Allah BPL will be a hit tournament! :)

Posted by jaffers1 on (January 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

"Its never good to support some bullies who blackmails others. ". Yes, and it is never good to support some who break promises multiple times and manipulate to get vote. Shame on such people. That's why their standard of cricket is So low. Now minus the quality players the standard and viewership should be low of the tournament (can't deny this). Cricinfo Kindly publish.

Posted by AHZ-Dubai on (January 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

I think there is a long waiting list of quality international players wanting to play in BPL. As we all know it's a pinnacle of achievement for any cricketer to get to play cricket in Bangladesh. Also the whole world cricket eagerly awaits a visit by the tall and talented Bangladesh cricketers. No other cricket team can pull such crowds and increase TV ratings. Street cricket in India is probably higher standard than BPL my friends.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (January 16, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

BPL should go ahead without the Pakistan players. BCB should show the world that without one country still they can run the tournament. Dont be like SLC who bent for BCCI, where they cancelled one year because of India didnt sent its players. Bangladeshi's show up your strength.

Posted by Rao_111 on (January 16, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Tit for tat...they thought pakistan is fool to just keep on being good and in return they just slap on pak face with trivial excuses. good job pcb chair. Bangla If we're helping you, then you need to repay the favor as well.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Great Step by PCB. BCB should have a lesson not to back off from its own words. Thumbs up CB Chairman Zaka Ashraf... You have take a correct decision...

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 16, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

I am a Pakistani and I don't like this sort of stance of PCB .. Look at the current situation of Pakistan right now . Can't you think , a single more misery could never or 25 years perhaps to bring cricket back to Pakistan .... I think the contract between PCB and Mustafa of BCB was not legal as you can't force player .From the last 19 year since Australians visited Pakistan for a bi-lateral series. I also don't like the Shrewd attitude of BCB as Pakistanis helps them to give the test status to Bangalis .... it will also be good for the players to play Big bash or other soth african league because the standards of there cricket are too high compare to BPL or IPL ..

Posted by nkhaibar on (January 16, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

Hope BPL will continue without pak cricketers. Good luck BCB.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

'Spirit of the Game' should extend to administrative matters too in my. For the PCB to deliberately leave it to the last minute to inform the BCB of their decision is very unprofessional, and cruel quite frankly. This is politics in cricket. As a Pakistani, I'm quite embarrassed. The PCB need to have a realistic view of the security situation in Pakistan. I want international teams to tour Pakistan but would not invite any at present. Then there's the issue of our players being able to earn some well deserved money in tournaments like this. Why prevent them from doing so? Just my 'strong' opinion.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

Bangal cricket league is going to be flop badly. A great decision by Pakistan Cricket Board, Relations should be made on mutual basis. BCB have forgotten that PCB has been one of the most powerful cricket boards of the world. Although PCB is facing some very big challenges but world has to give due respect to Pakistan cricket Board and Pakistani Players.Now BCB will feel the heat and the importance of Pakistani Players.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Great News for all local talents of Bangladesh who were looking for some stage to perform. We got mominul and anamul from the last edition. Lets see if we can find few more this time too.

Pakistan had done a mistake. They will realize that sooner or later. And another good thing is some Bangladeshis who loved pakistani cricket team will now realize they were wrong supporting pakistan. Its never good to support some bullies who blackmails others.

Posted by Saqib_Sheraz on (January 16, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

this was expected, after rejection of their tour, what else BCB expecting. I think this is the right decision. Pride must be prior than anything.

Posted by likeintcricket on (January 16, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Despite my reservations towards Bangladesh Cricket Board, I would say this is a bad move from PCB. This is low point for Pakistan that even the such junior board like BCB is dictating their terms but that is because of politicians in Pakistan. But Pakistan players should not be denied to earn some living beside getting international exposures. Also It is the Bangladesh and Srilanka where they can play Test matches or arrange more Test series. To BCB I want to say that currently Pakistan is the second best side in terms of talent available. Only because of Pakistan's help you are in the ICC elite group otherwise you could have been knocked out from this group in 1990's.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 16, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

I hope BCB will realise what happens to others when you make a miss commitment. this suffering will tell you how we felt because of your mis-commitments. Pakistan shouldnt rush as well to bring any team to pakistan. Concentrate on improving domestic crciket and try getting someone after general elections.

Posted by hqureshi78 on (January 16, 2013, 14:39 GMT)

Good lesson for both the boards. Now both boards need to focus on other things and for PCB, they should concentrate on playing with top 5 teams any where in world and focus on playing quality cricket. Off course, we got hit financially by not having home games but Pakistani team has given a very good record in last few years by beating many teams in their homegrounds especially in test matches. Peace guys!

Posted by jeweldboss on (January 16, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

it's a good decision by BCB giving preference to the players security rather than playing pak players in BPL. On the other hand it's a great loss for the pak players because of not only missing international tournaments like IPL also the BPL.Pak fans should remember that players like Nasir Jamshed and Imran Nazir regained their position to the national team only after playing well in BPL. They should also realize that players were getting good remuneration,not were free of cost.It's may be helpful for both of the teams but it's just a deal as well.

Posted by Blueangle on (January 16, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Its amazing that BD fans think that if there was no BPL, Pakistan team would not have found players like Nasir Jamshed, shoaib malik and umar akmal. Guys! Jamshed played his first ODI in 2008, way before the inception of your BPL, Shoaib malik is playing international cricket since late 90s(way before your team got international status) and Umar akmal is there for years. We have a well structured domestic system and if a player doesnt perform well at international level, he will be sent back to domestic system. Muhammad Irfan Played a couple of ODIs against England, wasn't good enough, sent back to domestic setup, picked up when improved. so is with Awais zia, junaid khan, wahab riaz, sohail tanveer, muhammad sami, imran nazeer and many more... So please do some research before you post your irrational comments

Posted by Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on (January 16, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

BPL rocks!! Bad luck for paki fans and the cricketers as well. PCB let them down again.BPL provides hefty income to the players. I am sure BPL is great for cricket world over. I would like to remind BCB a very important thing, please think twice before making friends.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 16, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

But seriously, DG must be very happy since they don't have to worry about anything and do anything but their rival franchises got some work to do days before the tournament starts clever franchise.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 16, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

Very happy that no Pakistani player will come and no more tour to Pakistan meaning less burden on BPL as a whole. According to the article it looks to me only 1 franchise will be hit badly so its okay as more players are interested anyway playing in BPL. My condolences goes to the Pakistani players for missing out on such an opportunity because of their board first IPL and now BPL oh well wish you well :)

Posted by Sudhir65 on (January 16, 2013, 14:27 GMT)

Why? I don't understand Pakistan's behavior. Their players were getting very good money, with some close to half a million U.S. dollars. They vehemently complain about IPL denying them the opportunity to make money like other cricketers do, but when they have a chance, they refuse it themselves. Makes no sense. I do not want to see Pakistanis ever complaining and whining about not being able to play in IPL.

Posted by fawad22 on (January 16, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

It was BCB who started this, not PCB its as simple as that.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 16, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Its clear that Bangladesh wont tour pakistan. Now lets see how PCB manage other countries. I think they would not pay the least of heed to PCB's 'begging'.

Posted by KingMSC on (January 16, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

Good decision from PCB if your going to promise a tour and you should not back away from that promise, Pakistan has done so much form Bangladesh Cricket and in return we get broken Promises. When PCB is in need of help to resume Cricket in Pakistan, Bangladesh is country you expect will show you the same you have them for years. All PCB wanted was for BCB to keep it's promise and tour which BCB backed away from. PCB allowed it's players to participate in BPL when some other nations declined so why did BCB not keep their promise and tour? BCB wants good will in return for broken promise, sorry BCB this is not how things work.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 16, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Happy that neither Bangladesh nor other countries will tour pakistan. Big countries like south africa,england,australia would have been,a little or more,convinced had Bangladesh toured pakistan.PCB Just axed their own legs. Now pakistan cant host a single match fot at least 10 years.

Posted by saintsinister on (January 16, 2013, 14:13 GMT)

Good Job PCB. PCB should now drop this whole subject and cut their ties with BCB, men who can't keep their words are not men. For the overzealous Bangla fans, trust me before all of this i always used to pray for Bangladesh to win after Pakistan and then Srilanka and India but looking at most of the comments , no more. Really all those big talks for absolutely accomplishing nothing. Now U19 and other comparisions, dude let them grow and we will see. If memory serves me correct that ratios between the countries of matches is something like 50 odd victories to one. Even the last time we played together, who were crying right after the match including the captain?

Posted by BANGLADESHICRICKETFAN on (January 16, 2013, 14:07 GMT)

well for all Pakistani fans who are saying bpl would be flop without pakistani players my reply to them would be that BPL is our twenty-twenty league let it be flop it is our tournament not yours you do not have to watch it and we Bangladeshis want our players to do well in the tournament not international players so it will give our youngsters to prove their worth because now they will be playing key role in the teams so gain will be ours anyway.Again your players are paid 10 times less than ours so any chance of your players earning extra money is gone and no one Will tour your country and you lost a friend you will become isolated and i feel bad for the players because they will be deprived of the money they deserved all i can say that this decision will not help to bring back international cricket in Pakistan,this is just an emotional decision

Posted by mensan on (January 16, 2013, 14:06 GMT)

BPL is a big failure already. Now absence of PAK players will make it a total failure.

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (January 16, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

very good decision by pcb !

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (January 16, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Woww fantastic decision PCB congrats...

Posted by Sensible_Cricket on (January 16, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

It is expected, that Pakistan will not hand out NOC its plays, after drama queen (BCB) let down their proposal for touring Pakistan. First IPL refuses Pakistani player to take part, then PCB refuses its players to taking part in BPL. I hope that Pakistan player still allowed to play in SPL, after all it is only league that players are allowed to participate. I wonder what will happen to Super Pak League.

Posted by RajanBorna on (January 16, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

@ KOOL :) BPL will miss some quality players ..but still its good for BCB. BPL and for Bangladesh Cricket going forward

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

I hope both the boards come to an acceptable solution.

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