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Bangladesh to tour Pakistan in April 2012

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 17, 2011

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Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board president, at the ICC board meeting, Dubai, October 12, 2010
Mustafa Kamal is the PCB's nomination for the ICC presidency © Getty Images
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will conduct a security inspection of Pakistan in January 2012 as a precursor to Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan in April the same year, Mustafa Kamal, the president of the BCB has said. His statements came after PCB officials, including new chairman Zaka Ashraf, met with BCB members in Dhaka.

Following the meeting, Ashraf announced that the PCB had endorsed Kamal as its choice for president of the ICC from 2014. Under the ICC's rotation policy, it is PCB's and BCB's turn to jointly nominate a candidate. If approved, the nominee will assume office as the ICC's vice-president at the end of its annual conference in 2012 and thereafter ascend to the presidency in 2014.

However, Kamal's nomination is not a formality yet. He needs to be approved by a majority of BCB directors, and ESPNcricinfo understands he is not an automatic selection. The final nomination will then be handed over to the ICC by December 31, 2011.

The two boards had been discussing the prospect of Bangladesh touring Pakistan as the by-product of a deal between them over choosing the next vice-president. The PCB had formed a security plan to present to its Bangladesh counterpart to convince it to send the national team to Pakistan.

"My board today agreed to form a security committee to visit Pakistan in January 2012 to review their security measures so as to ensure proper security arrangements are in place prior to arrival of Bangladesh team in Pakistan," Kamal said in a statement. "My board further agreed that Bangladesh cricket team will visit Pakistan in April 2012 as per ICC's Future Tours Programme. I hope this way, slowly and gradually, international cricket will come back to Pakistan."

At the press conference following the meeting, Ashraf said that the situation in Pakistan was back to normal now. "All those things that you must have seen, they are over now. That's why we want to reorganise cricket, bring back cricket to Pakistan. Fans are also being deprived of this game."

The purpose of the meeting was to find ways of strengthening the bonds between the two boards, and a number of other collaborations were also announced. Among them were reciprocal tours between "A", Academy and Under-19 teams, as well as between the women's team of both countries. Pakistan would also provide assistance in training the Bangladesh academy players. In addition, the two countries will partner together to "organising international cricket events in collaboration with other cricket boards".

"I am also encouraged with the steps that we agreed to today, which will help in developing and making Bangladesh cricket more stronger," Kamal said. He also expressed his gratitude to the PCB for nominating him for the presidency of the ICC.

"It is a matter of pride and a privilege to receive the PCB's support on my nomination. I will try to live up to the expectations of not only the people of Bangladesh but for Pakistan as well, and also the entire cricketing fraternity. The support that the PCB has given me demonstrates the close relations that our two boards enjoy, and it is not the first time that the PCB has come forward to support us.

"Who could forget that it was Pakistan that proposed Bangladesh's entry into Test cricket? We are indebted to them. Pakistani players have played in Bangladesh and have helped our cricketers a lot. We will also try to support Pakistan in any way we can."

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Posted by Lord_Dravid on (December 20, 2011, 0:18 GMT)

@jatkadanda..why is everyone going against india? we have nothing to do with BD visiting pak..so i ask you why would the icc and bcci be sad about this?

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (December 19, 2011, 22:32 GMT)

as an indian fan and would like to see a ind v pak series in pak and india aswell..but those who are saying international cricket has returned to pakistan no it hasnt! by bangladesh visiting pakistan proves nothing even if their security terms are met..its like afghanistans visit recently which proved nothing..and i dont think mediocre teams would be targeted anyway..unless there is a major overhaul in the political and security situation in pakistan, cricketing giants india, eng, aus, sa wont visit anytime soon.

Posted by crazycricketfan4life on (December 19, 2011, 20:45 GMT)

Great tht cricket is coming back to Pakistan... I hope it is a safe series for both the teams' sake and that it finally opens the doors to cricket for Pakistan whose fans deserve to see their resurgent cricket team which is bringing a pool of talent once again. On another note Mostafa Kamal (aka Lotus Kamal, for all Bangladeshis who know the alias) is to be nominated for the ICC Presidency...LMAO so loud that I cannot control myself....OMG I am still laughing while I am writing this.....LOL.....LOL.....LOL

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

My those indian friends who are using srilanka as reference must search the records to see who play against srilanka in last 3 years......and also whose records are dependent on their home matches.......:)

Posted by Jarr30 on (December 19, 2011, 16:40 GMT)

Being an INDIAN FAN, I wish Pakistan good luck and hope this will bring International cricket back. Waiting for Dhoni's & Co visit pakistan for a full series.

Posted by khiladisher on (December 19, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

@TAHIR HUSSAIN SAYED--SURE INDIA -PAKISTAN SERIES WILL BOOST THE POOR STATE OF PAKISTAN CRICKET AND ALSO HELP IT BY JUDGING THE TRUE CALIBER OF PAKISTANI BOWLERS AND IMPROVING THE POOR BATTING OF PAKISTAN.IT IS NOT POSSIBLE FOR PAKISTAN TO IMPROVE ITS #7 RANKING BY PLAYING AGAINST NEW ZEALAND-LANKA-BANGALDESH AND ZIMBABWE-WISH ALL THE BEST FOR MY PAKISTANI FRIENDS-FOR HOSTING BANGLADESH-AND ALSO AFGHANISTAN AND SRI LANKA IN THE FUTURE.

Posted by SanjuMenon on (December 19, 2011, 13:05 GMT)

That's good news for Pakistan. And we, the cricket lovers in UAE, will miss the international matches again...Though an Indian, I had gone to many matches of Pakistan v Australia, South Africa, England and most recently Sri Lanka to enjoy the atmosphere and was hoping to see Dhoni's team take on Misbah's team....It's sad that it will remain a dream.....I should go to England's ODI to see for the last time to see an International match in Dubai.....We will miss INTERNATIONAL MATCHES AGAIN!!!!!!!!

Posted by dmqi on (December 19, 2011, 11:09 GMT)

I would like to see few 1 day game involving Srilanka too. These 3 countries can help one another in cricket. It was very disappointing to see India not able to play with Pakistan in 2012 .

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 7:30 GMT)

@cricIndia208 Pakistan Test Record: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;team=7;template=results;type=team;view=opposition Pakistan ODI Record:http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;team=7;template=results;type=team;view=opposition Pakistan T20 Reocrd: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;home_or_away=1;home_or_away=2;home_or_away=3;result=1;result=2;result=3;result=4;team=7;template=results;type=team;view=opposition

Posted by   on (December 19, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

@cricindia208.dude check the record 1st. pak. beat eng in eng, and NZ in NZ. where as how many matches ur team won in egn. i think they weren't able to beat NZ in a home game.so who is underperforming.

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