December 31, 2012

Bangladesh's proposed tour to Pakistan: a timeline

A timeline of the events around Bangladesh's proposed tour of Pakistan

November 23, 2011
In return for Pakistan's support of Bangladesh's candidate for the post of the ICC vice-president, Pakistan proposes that Bangladesh tour their country.

December 17, 2011
The BCB decides to send a security-assessment team to Pakistan ahead of a proposed short tour, after new the PCB president Zaka Ashraf visits Dhaka for a one-on-one meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart. The two endorse Mustafa Kamal as the ICC vice-president, pending BCB approval.

March 4, 2012
As reservations about the proposed tour are expressed from within and outside the country, the Bangladesh board says it is satisfied with Pakistan's security arrangements, after it conducts a two-day assessment tour headed by Kamal.

March 7, 2012
The ICC introduces a "special dispensation" to be made only in "exceptional circumstances", in order to ensure that bilateral series are played even if the ruling body has determined it "unsafe" to appoint its officials for such series.

March 12, 2012
Amid growing pressure from within Bangladesh against the tour, BCB chief Kamal says he wouldn't let the team tour if the ICC doesn't agree to send match officials. Ashraf retaliates, saying bilateral relations hinge on the tour.

April 15, 2012
Kamal announces Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan, scheduled at the end of April. But he does this from Dubai, as the BCB directors remain unaware of any such decision, it having not been discussed in any meeting till that point.

April 19, 2012
The Dhaka High Court orders the tour to be suspended for the next four weeks after a writ petition was filed by a university teacher and a Supreme Court lawyer, who challenged the tour. The Pakistan board reacts sharply.

November 1, 2012
New BCB chief Nazmul Hassan says that a written commitment has been made to the PCB from the Bangladesh board to tour Pakistan. He adds that most of the board's directors weren't aware of such a commitment.

December 14, 2012
Hassan confirms talks are on with the PCB about touring in January, just before the Bangladesh Premier League. He says the players will decide if they want to go, while the foreign staff are unlikely to be keen to on it.

A top PCB official hints that the Bangladesh Premier League will be Pakistan's bargaining chip to ensure Bangladesh's tour.

December 22, 2012
Hassan says, from London, that the BCB are awaiting a security clearance from the ICC, though the game's governing body had already given its special dispensation months ago. This after PCB chief Ashraf has said earlier on the day that the PCB has been "conveyed" a decision confirming the tour.

December 31, 2012
BCB president confirms that Bangladesh will not be touring in January, and will wait until the security situation improves in Pakistan. He says the BCB are ready to face the consequences, chiefly the boycott of Pakistan players from the BPL.

Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, expresses annoyance at the BCB's decision to put the tour of Pakistan on hold a second time. He says Pakistan will 'reconsider' their bilateral ties with Bangladesh.

January 1, 2013
BCB chief Nazmul Hassan says he is hopeful that cricketers from Pakistan will be made available for the Bangladesh Premier League.

January 6, 2013
BCB president Nazmul Hassan meets Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, during the third India-Pakistan ODI in Delhi in a bid to restore bilateral relations, but no firm commitment of a future tour is made during the meeting.

January 9, 2013
ICC vice-president AHM Mustafa Kamal denies any "unconditional commitment" from Bangladesh to tour Pakistan, contrary to what the current BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, had stated last month.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Nesar on January 2, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Dear PAK fans, you have to compare apple to apple, if BCB (esp,M. kamal) earns your vote for the ICC position, you could claim a vote next time around from BCB for the president of ICC. You can't compare a vote with the lives of our national cricketers :p

  • Yasir on January 2, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee->Are all of your BD players above Average??? Afridi isa match winner.He might not be in form but his contribution to the Pak team wins is unmatchable.. & You asked who is Afridi? Well AFRIDI is the guy who scored the fastest Century.. He was the one who thrashed Indians & scored Century of 45 balls.There is a reason why he is gaven a name of 'Boom Boom' He single handedly won the T20 World Cup for us.. Afridi is the Guy who made sure we reach the Semi Final of Recent ODI WC.. He won so many matches for us single-handedly.Just because he isnt in his form right now dosent mean that he became an Avg Player.. Whole world invites this guy to play for their team because they know he is a match winner & a true entertainer.You are just pointing out his Average.Your team just 3/70 or 80 test matches & you my bro are discussing Afridi as a test batsman.. Name one of your players who achieved something like that?

  • Ashqar on January 2, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    So far BCB shows some manner....trying to settle the security issue....taking time by holding the series....but i think it is the time to say NO directly to them....the way they are reacting....

  • Hafiz on January 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    if the pakistanis dont participate , it will be a loss for the pakistani players themselves.seeing other leagues such as in IPL,BPL,SLPL and Big -Bash,only few number of players were being able to play there.but now in BPL, it is a chance for the pak players to get some extra income,make name for some youngsters.btw.....why let the players participate in big-bash,slpl,....australia and srilanka are not touring pakistan....

  • Rizwan on January 1, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    This has been a complete mess, both of the boards are equally responsible for it. PCB was desperate to bring international matches back in Pakistan. BCB(not Bangladesh) exploited it shamelessly. What was the point of planning the tour, giving press conference about it & then only to cancel or postpone it? Despite all the political influence in BCB, somehow the board got immunity while making these decisions. The bilateral ties are valuable for both of the countries right now. Finally, the situation in Pakistan is not safe for international cricket to return.

  • Shoaib on January 1, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    @shahbazhussain: Who is Afridi? a guy that doesn't play Test Cricket and has a pathetic average. boomboom yeah right his stats as an all-rounder is below par.

  • Shahbaz on January 1, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Woow... i ssee many bangalis are saying that their player's lives have higher value than the Pakistani players? Are you really serious? Afridi's experience alone is more than the entire bangla appearance. Even you if you put Afridi in one side and the whole bangla 30 players in other side Afridi's side will be heavier. Huh.. guys. dont ever evaluate and compare the value of BD players with Pak. Secondly the security situation is really pathetic over here I wont recommend even Afghani team to visit Pakistan. Nobody is safe. Just wait for few more years so the govt changes here adn the security matures.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    PCB is correct in reconsidering the bilateral ties with BCB if this series doesn't take place. Not only BPL, PCB should boycott any tour of Bangladesh. The things are clear; BCB is a strong ally of BCCI. On the other hand, SriLanka and Pakistan Cricket boards do not want BCCI to rule the cricket world from Asia. The way things are going,probably,Sri Lanka will be the first to tour Pakistan this year.

  • kai on January 1, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    BCB played a game to get Pakistan's vote and it came off. They never had any intentions of playing in Pakistan. Doesn't matter though. Everyone knows what the result of that tour would have been. A whitewash in favor of Pakistan. I would ask all the Pakistan supporters to wait for a few years. The current Pakistan team, with it's batting clicking, look like it can be a major force. Once the team matures, I am sure teams would start touring Pakistan. Never mind what Bangladesh did. They're insignificant.

  • Jonny on January 1, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Disappointing new year Pakistan! asta la vista baby.......

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