Bangladesh news January 9, 2013

Kamal denies unconditional commitment to tour Pakistan


ICC vice-president AHM Mustafa Kamal has denied any "unconditional commitment" from Bangladesh to tour Pakistan, contrary to what the current BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, had stated last month. Kamal, the former BCB president, said he approves the idea of touring Pakistan, but insisted that the final decision on touring rests with the BCB.

"It [unconditional commitment] was not in any ICC meetings' minutes," Kamal told reporters. "I have not missed a single meeting [in my time as BCB president]. Such things cannot be written in minutes of a meeting. I deny it, this cannot have happened.

"There were a lot of discussions in the ICC and those have been mentioned in their minutes. At every instance it was mentioned that if Bangladesh tours Pakistan, the ICC will be involved in some capacity. The assessment of their security team will determine whether they'll send officials or not. We have never said that we will bypass the ICC, which will set a precedent for other countries. It is true that ICC wants Bangladesh to tour Pakistan, otherwise discussions wouldn't be mentioned in its books."

However, Hassan, while announcing Bangladesh's postponement of a proposed Pakistan tour on December 31, had clearly mentioned such a commitment made in the ICC meeting (in April 2012). When the plans for the tour were renewed in early November, Hassan said that the BCB had made a written commitment to tour Pakistan in a letter.

Kamal said he wouldn't distance himself from holding the idea of touring Pakistan, and insists Bangladesh should go to the country. "It was my initiation, and I wouldn't deny it. Bangladesh must go to Pakistan, and I know a lot has been written against me. But it was my work and if I hadn't [done the job], nothing would be written against me."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on January 12, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @Adnan_Mamoon: You say an all time Bangladesh XI isn't good enough for Pakistan then explain to me how Pakistan only managed to beat Bangladesh by 21 and 2 runs just in the Asia Cup? our under-19 team owns the Pakistan under-19 team the future is clear my friend especially when the Pakistan team is the oldest and will eventually go through a massive transition unlike us but don't worry, you guys are not the only ones so enjoy your one last big reign because time is running out. I agree Pakistan are much better Cricket team than Bangladesh but will it last? based on some of those evidence I have mentioned above, it looks like future wise Bangladesh will have the upperhand over Pakistan for a very long duration :)

  • Smith on January 12, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @Adnan_Mamoon: You done? lets analyse whether Shakib can get into the Australia, India and South Africa teams. Australia don't have a world class spinner and they are using Nathan Lyons who is okay with the ball yeah but can't bat like Shakib so Shakib wins hands down for the Australian selection. South Africa again same they don't either have a world class spinner so he will obviously replace Tahir or Peterson who can't bat and India, Jadeja, Ashwin...I think we all know the answer :)

  • Deccan on January 12, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    @Rafelgibt... lol you are exaggerating too much on razzak, tamim etc.. as a bangladesh supporter i feel embarrassed to see people say razzak will walk into any team in the world. i think shakib is the only player who can walk into other test teams but not into best teams like aus, ind, sa..

  • Deccan on January 12, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    it is not a worthy series for pakistan. even an all time bangladesh xi is no match for pakistan A team. but still pak is keen on this tour. also it is not a problem if pakistan does not send its players to bpl. the tournament will survive somehow

  • Dummy4 on January 12, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Bangladesh should only go there if pakistan holds asia cup! or atleast a tri-series among south asian test playing nations.

  • Ferdous on January 12, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    a huge Congratulation to BCB for cancelling the tour ...

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 11, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    dontlikecricket on (January 11 2013, 00:37 AM GMT) I thought we were talking about TESTs only......Ok then......The list for Ban players qualify for ODIs and T20s arent low either.........Tamim & Abdur Razzak can get into any team of the world......Then Mushfiq, Shohag Gazi, Mahmudullah,Enamul etc is also there in the list as well...PAK supporters really remind me of those WHITE ELEPHANTS teams like Liverpool and others that 'once got champion' in last 30 years but still pretend like a recent champion....By the way Azhat Mahmood is part of Eng now so, dont let your self down by saying he is a PAK product.........LOL

  • Aaquib on January 11, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Cricinfo ?? WTH ur Not Publishing my comment...Bangladesh will only Tour "IF" matches are played in Pashtun or Afghanistan otherwise bd will not go..Cricket in "Punjab" will not return because of what happened in lahore in 2009 :P

  • A on January 11, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Rafelgibt on (January 10 2013, 10:55 AM GMT. The comment section has been closed on other article, thought you may be posting here as well. I can think of many other Pak players who can make into other test playing nations (one days, test, t20) like Younis Khan, Abdul Rehman, Umar Gul and new players like Junaid, etc etc. Anyway last year Pak won agaisnt Eng, Kiwi, SL, drew in WI and a year before drew agaisnt SA and list goes on. So obvioulsy they can compete agaisnt top sides. Players like Azhar Mahmood, Yasir Arafat, Abdul Razaq are in demand all around the world in good cricket leagues and they are not even playing for Pak any more. How many games BD has won in last 2/3 years??? Statistics dont lie. BD supportesr are same as team of a 3rd division English football league supporters when they win a game or two aganist top premiership side they gloat for ever, it does not mean they are any good!!!

  • Chris on January 10, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Pakistan fans really think India will also tour there get real, nobody tours Pakistan simply because security isn't good enough and until that is 100% good, no team will dare to tour Pakistan sorry but one day who knows? :P

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