Bangladesh in Pakistan 2012 January 10, 2012

Bangladesh worried about security in Pakistan - Naimur Rahman

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh's players are concerned about the security situation in Pakistan ahead of their scheduled tour to the country in April, the Cricketers' Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) president, Naimur Rahman, has said.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had requested the government to send a team to Pakistan to evaluate the security arrangements, but it is believed the players think the board should talk to them first before making a decision.

"We [CWAB] don't have a stance as such, but we know that the players are worried," Rahman, who was Bangladesh's first Test captain, said. "The situation is not normal there and no other team is going to Pakistan. They themselves play their home games in places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The BCB are going to send the investigation team and we hope to be a part of it. If not, we will wait for the report.

"I personally believe it is not safe. The worried players haven't approached us formally, but when they do, we will take the matter to the cricket board."

The PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, had met with Pakistan's interior ministry to discuss security arrangements for the Bangladesh team. The Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that 'box security', which includes bullet and bomb proof vehicles, would be provided for the series.

"Since we have a scheduled tour on the Future Tours Programme, that's why we promised to send a security team before making any decision," BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told the Daily Star. "We are more concerned than the players about their security and safety. I think it's too early to say anything because we are yet to decide anything."

Pakistan have not hosted an international series since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore in 2009. Since then they have hosted their home series at offshore venues like England and the UAE.

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  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @Shayan Tauheed Abbasi I think it's not outside your country, Pakistan!!! And my reference to the people who talking ridiculous thing about my country. Nobody wants that. Hope u will agree. The thing u r saying... tell it to ur people who making issue out of nothing. The statement, cricinfo reporting is from a formar player and player association, and it more like personal statement of Naimur. Because there is no complain from any player yet to player association.

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    @Zahed Alam... do you even know where jamrud is on Pakistan's map? the suicide attacks are mainly happening in the north west tribal and border areas...places like karachi, lahore and islamabad MashAllah are much much there's no need to talk about security before their security team has visited Pakistan and seen the true picture. our daily life is pretty much normal, f bengali stars have more threat than the common man, then they'll also be getting extra no need to jump the gun and issue statements

  • Faisal on January 11, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    "They themselves play their home games in places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi." What kind of sense does this make??? Pakistani players dont play games outside Pakistan because of security concerns; all the domestic matches and events take place inside Pakistan and not just cricket all other sporting events are held and continue to take place including boxing, volleyball, hockey, polo etc

  • Rizwan on January 11, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    @zaf100, its not that I am opposing to BD touring PAK. But when you say that situation in BD is no better that PAK, I'll have to disagree. What happened with WI was shameful & in no way acceptable. But nobody tried to to kill the players & officials with guns. Also, its completely up to Bangladeshi cricket players & boards to decide if they want to tour or not. They already showed plenty of support by showing interest to tour PAK.

  • khayam on January 11, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Lot of people are confused about the security issues in Pakistan, most people are talking about Pakistan not knowing the ground realities. Sitting million miles away and taking about Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Multan and Rawalpindi security is not right. Let security experts from both countries decide that issue and concentrate on cricket only. People of Pakistan love their cricket and they will welcome Bangladesh cricket team in their country. Recently China played hockey matches in Pakistan. If anybody is telling me Bangladesh is more safe and secure than Pakistan than they should look at what happened to West Indies cricket team bus during world cup and umpires were pelted stones aswell. Let's talk sense and hope people from both boards are more sensible than most people who are writing their expert opinions through this medium. Good luck and well done all those trying to restore cricket in Pakistan.

  • Zahirul on January 11, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I don't understand why some Pak fans are reacting badly, at least BD agreed to play in there and now it's a routine check so that their players feel safe in there while touring. Also some are referring the old favors that Pak did to BD, Yes no one denied this and I believe this is one of the reason BD actually decided to play in there. So, make sure you got a safe country first and then spill on others what they should do or not. I don't find any other reason of BD not playing in there, which actually they need badly, playing more and more test matches.

  • Masud on January 11, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    I strongly believe that Bangladesh should be cooperative to Pakistan in this crucial time. The history says Pakistan is the best friend for Bangladesh. They also recently offered ICC nomination support from Pak board. If I compare the good friendship attitude, Pakistan is the best, then Sri Lanka. India and Australia are the worst friend of BD. Pak supporter, please don't be upset, BD will visit Pakistan soon for friendship.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Naimur is not the BCB spokesperson nor he gets any official complain from any player regrading this tour as member of player association. Still you people are making nasty and ridiculous comments. Here what BCB official said .. "Since we have a scheduled tour on the Future Tours Programme, that's why we promised to send a security team before making any decision," BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told the Daily Star.

    6 hours ago Aljazeera reports "A suspected bomb blast near a fuel station in the Jamrud area of Pakistan's northwestern Khyber tribal region has killed at least 29 people.." And some of you saying Pakistan is safer place than Bangladesh??!!? Look at you history and safety records and compare with Bangladesh, hopeful you will come to sense!! Bangladesh is not world's best team! You better invite Ireland or Scots to your heaven.

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    hahahaha seems like the tiger played with the PCB.. firstly they got the recommendation from pakistan for a poisition in ICC ..but they arent going to go pakistan.. ahahhaha lol...

  • Tahir on January 10, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    When Afghanistan can visit pakistan and play with normal security despite representing afghan government that is installed by nato then no other team should worry about it. Does Afghan team represent taliban? The answer is no and there are taliban forces in pakistan territories as learned from the media. We want cricket back in pakistan and are so passionate that visit UAE to watch pakistan matches. Our fever of cricket is no less then india off course. Also,why pakistan are after bangladesh they should only accept top class teams coming to pakistan.

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