Bangladesh in Pakistan 2012 January 10, 2012

Bangladesh worried about security in Pakistan - Naimur Rahman

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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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  • 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.

  • 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 safer...so 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 security...so no need to jump the gun and issue statements

  • FaisalAsghar 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

  • Praxis 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.

  • zaf100 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.

  • TheBlackMonk 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_BITK 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • BustIPL 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 safer...so 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 security...so no need to jump the gun and issue statements

  • FaisalAsghar 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

  • Praxis 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.

  • zaf100 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.

  • TheBlackMonk 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_BITK 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.

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • BustIPL 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.

  • on January 10, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    PCB look towards Srilanka, they might be helpful to resume international cricket in Pakistan, as they still remember Pakistan's support to play in Srilanka during 1996 WC when WI & Aus had forfeited their matches due to security fear. We should parcel 4million bangalies residing in Karachi to Bangladesh who will be required to cheer in BPL.

  • samincolumbia on January 10, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    It's hilarious to see Pakistani fans in a tizzy because someone spoke the truth!!!

  • Herath-UK on January 10, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    The Lankans were brave to tour Pakistan and I wonder there is any other international player like Samaraweera who was gunned down seriously.Who will stand as neutral umpires,I doubt anyone, only the local umpires from both countries and again will lead to favouritism allegations. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on January 10, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    It's interesting that a country, who's very the head of state (albeit ceremonial) is worried about admitting himself into a local hospital and instead gets his treatment done in Dubai, has the audacity to question completely justifiable security concerns of a visitor. And instead of allaying those fears, you throw the "big neighbour" into the mix and blame them for issues that are rooted solely in your own system.

    Bangladesh is thoroughly entitled to inspect the security setup, as the well being of their cricketers is as important, if not more than the "white cricketers" who object to playing in Pakistan. Nonetheless, I hope this series does happen and inshallah cricket will slowly return to Pakistani soil for good.

    I do believe that all the countries in the sub-continent should work together to keep cricket insulated and out of harm's away. However one needs to own up to one's problems rather than putting forward fallacious arguments that only lead to more distrust.

  • on January 10, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Our Team may not be good cricket Team But Our citizens lives needs to be protected. Pakistan is not a safe place at all. Today PCB declared They wont let any Pakistanis to play at BPL . which upsets some people here. So why should we take our lives risk to travel pakistan ? WHY ? even scotland will not go there.. . will they ? u can try and ask. they we will see what team performence has to do with this

  • RaMin90 on January 10, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Excellent Bangladesh Well Done for thinking wisely. Until Pakistan makes sure that security is at its maximum, Bangladesh should not even consider touring to Pakistan. It would be a real shame if Pakistan Security failed and the Bangladesh Team got attacked it would cause real tension between the nations and relations will break. If Pakistan cannot protect their people then how on earth can they protect their guests? The best thing for Bangladesh is that if they find anything suspicious with the security status of Pakistan then they should abandon touring and just like the other teams, play them at UAE. If teams such as Sri Lanka and England can play at UAE then why can't Bangladesh? Bangladesh do not need to obey or accept anything from the Pakistanis and besides this is part of the FTP and Bangladesh are expected to play them at UAE according to the ICC. Its totally up to Bangladesh where they want to play. If I were in charge I ban teams from playing at their country for decades.

  • eddsnake on January 10, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Can't say I blame Bangladesh if they're scared to go. If you don't agree just read Kumar Sangakkara's account of the 2009 attack: it's a miracle that none of the Sri Lankan team were killed.

    Thankfully the PCB have got rid of the odious Ijaz Butt, and Zaka Ashraf seems to be doing a lot better job (which admittedly wouldn't be difficult), but I still think it'll be at least a couple more years before it'l bel anywhere near 'safe' enough for a test country to tour Pakistan.

  • SirViv1973 on January 10, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    It's a huge shame that pak fans are not able to see international cricket in their own country. However this has to be the decision of the Bangladeshi players and them alone. If they personally do not feel safe then they should not go. There are plenty of comments on here saying they should go and that they will be safe. The same thing was said regarding Sri lanka 3 years ago and look what happened. Sadly it's difficult to see major International cricket returning to the country for some time to come.

  • K.A.K on January 10, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    There is already a BCB security team coming to Pakistan in January to discuss the security preparations. Let's see what the outcome is. Naimur is raising smoke signals too early. The series is important for both Bangladesh and Pakistan. @ChShiraz - yes, Bangladesh is much safer than Pakistan any time but that is besides the point. If both countries work together, they can make it happen with adequate security.

  • HocasPocas on January 10, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    I donno why there is so many Harsh comment from Pak fan. they should thank BD that they even considered going to Pak. Lots of them have said why they are worried they r gonna lose anyway. Well I agree wid U but just bcz they are bad player doesnt mean they cant fear for their life. U open newpaper or go to BBC there is always news about Pak and u know what news im talking about. I'd love to see BD going to Pak and International cricket back to pak but Thyeve to make sure 1st that it is safe to go their. Pak security have been incompetent to protect SL player and their own people so I think there is reason behind they being scared for their security.

  • LordOfCric on January 10, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Bangladesh will visit Pakistan, its just this media who just dont waste any opportunity to insult Pakistan without any reason.

  • on January 10, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    I don't understand why many pakistanis are bringing India in this discussion.....this matter is between pakistan and bangladesh......why bash india????

  • on January 10, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    haha

    Bngalis are just afraid of another lethal of loss to pakistan.....

  • zaf100 on January 10, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    Since when it's players job to decide where their country should play. It's always board's responsibility to decide where their country will play. If any players have any issues about security they can always skip tour and let somebody else take their place. I remember Andrew Caddick and Robert croft skip Indian tour due to security reasons. Security will always be an issue in sub-continent countries that doesn't mean life shouldn't go on. Things are getting better in Pakistan and as promised by the government of Pakistan they will provide best possible security to Bangladesh team so hiding behind security reason is not valid any more. If people didn't come to watch test matches between Pakistan and Bangladesh believe me it will not be because of security but because of the standard of cricket Bangladesh present. Sorry to say in my opinion Bangladesh is only playing test cricket because to increase the Asian vote bank. I believe first class teams can beat Bangladesh national side.

  • AlanHarrison on January 10, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    Some credit is due to Bangladesh for taking the initiative of even thinking of touring Pakistan. No-one in the English media at the moment is suggesting England "should be" playing in Pakistan rather than the UAE, and Australia haven't played a test series in Pakistan for well over a decade. I can't help thinking that western journalists sometimes assume that western countries are entitled to special privileges in being particularly picky about which countries they tour.

  • on January 10, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Over the last 12 months or so, whole of punjab and some major cities of other provinces [where cricket is likely to be held] are going pretty okay. No major incidents theree.

    The bad situation is mostly in the tribal belt along the line of control with Afghanistan. It's just like the Tamil movement going on in some parts of india, infact many other terror groups doing such stuff in different parts of india. Yet the cricket goes pretty normal in major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Banglore etc.

    Thirdly i think Bangladesh don't have a cricketing future for test arena, well atleast in the near future. This is a big opportunity for them to do something. I don't think any other country even thinking to invite them.

  • on January 10, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Player's security should come before cricket! Foolproof transportation, accommodatino, dressing room is assuring, but players will be exposed while fielding, dining, practicing or boarding to buses. Question to passitionate pak fans, whether they want to take the risk of exposing their guests. They took the risk once, with Srilanka. The result is well know and not pretty. It might rather be prudent to accept the reality and host the series in Dubai. It seems proving a point that the country is ready again for international cricket has blindsighted the spirit of sports which demands spontaneity of all participating parties. I will not talk about cricketing ability, no question, till todate pakistani team is superior to bangladeshi team. If you want to make a point here, don't you think inviting australian team would be better for competitiveness point of view?

  • on January 10, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    My question is does the Pak government knows who is behind SL attack ? If they cant find out that how can they provide security to any foreign team!!!!!!

  • on January 10, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    SOme Pakistan Supporter are over the moon, I understand im your point of view , yes pakistan did help BD to come into this era, but it is now every cricket nation's concern about security, BD is the first team said they want to visit ,its a good sign , they want to pay back something but it doest nt mean they make themselves in danger, Sri Lanka & India our neighbour country, Even they do scare about situation in PAK, I know we all cricket, as a supporter of PAk cricket it is obviously pathetic that u can't enjoy cricket in ur home but it is You who failed to honour ur Guest (Sri Lanka), Now If any one says Pakistan is more safer than any other country , it will be just a foolish comment!!! But we all want cricket will come back In Pakistan & peope will enjoy it :)

  • gunnerr4life on January 10, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    What else do they want Pakistan to do when there are bullet and bomb proof vehicles provided !?! We all know how Bangladesh got test team status and now when it's the time Pakistan cricket needs favor from them , they are not willing to do so . In near future , I can see them loosing their test status to Ireland !

  • Sarfin on January 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    CWAB's concern in this regard is quite logical. For the cricketing world, it is very hard to forget the 2009 incident. Political condition in Pakistan is yet unstable. Even yesterday I read a report on the ongoing crisis between government and army. Though Pakistan has supported Bangladesh in past, you can't put someone's life in risk in exchange of your support. And those who are accusing Bangladesh for turning their back, please read the article again. CWAB is not against the tour. They just want to ensure the players' safety. Also CWAB is not equivalent to BCB. So, blaming BCB is ridiculous.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 10, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    @zaf100: It is not about politics rather security of life. Bangladesh Football team had already visited Pakistan last year. But Football isn't most popular in Sub-continent. Cricket is no doubt most popular game there. Who can guaranty that Terrorist won't take chance of getting media exposure like 2009? Bangalis visited Pakistan thrice in last decade (including 2008 Asia Cup). But situation is totally different now. So BCB should propose PCB to arrange the series in UAE. They shouldn't sacrifice security of Bangali players as a Price of ICC President-ship Nomination.

  • on January 10, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Chshiraz.......You are still sleeping guys. Come on...Rise up.........

  • K.A.K on January 10, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    The fear is justified considering the 2009 events. BCB, Bangladesh foreign and sports ministries should work with PCB and Pakistan Govt to ensure that fool proof measures are taken for this series. Bangladesh needs this series, so does Pakistan (at home).

  • on January 10, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    PAK should thanks the Tigers that they are considering to visit there where others cricketing nations even do not think of doing so. You guys should not comments Bangladesh cricket in this ways. Because Bangladesh cricket is going right way. You are aware that in BPL there may be a lots of Pakistani cricketers along with others world great players are going to be auctioned. Bangladesh has got the ability to arrange such world class tournament. SO, YOU PEOPLE ENSURE SECURITY THEN WE WILL CONSIDER IT. OK GUYS

  • Chshiraz on January 10, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Bangali's are worried? I think Pakistan is much safer than Bangladesh even with the current situation. Bangali's are worried??????

  • wnwn on January 10, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Another bombing today. They would be mad to tour Pakistan.

  • keptalittlelow on January 10, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Pakistan was the real force behind the Bangladesh's pre mature entry into the ICC. However Bangladesh has never returned any favours to Pakistan instead towed the big brother's line. Pakistan must not support Bangladesh for the ICC vice presidency, if they refuse to visit Pakistan.

  • keptalittlelow on January 10, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    What a clever comment "They themselves play their home games in places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi." Foreigners from other sports are visiting Pakistan. No other country wants to play Bangladesh anyway so Bangladesh which had a complete White Wash against Pakistan could take it as a chance to play more Test matches and improve, of course if Pakistan assures them fool proof security.

  • Mithusdp on January 10, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Please guys please think in a neutral way. Actually the players are concerns because the board didn't even talk with players before declaring to visit PAK. I hope that the board will include a member of players org. in security tour. I believe that cricket will back to pakistan with the visit of BD team. BCB & PCB together insallah will resolve the issue.

  • on January 10, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Everyones knows that this is not the stand of Bangladesh, they are being forced by their big friendly neighbour not to tour pakistan - they should be more worried about the non avoaidable 4-0 thrashing down under. BCB should note that apart from pakistan no one else is willing to even invite them in their country. How many times have they played in India? I just returned form Pakistn a few days ago and its as safe as any other contry. Infact the airport was full of Chineese and UK trade delegations. It will be a shame if the tour does not happen, but i have hope in the BCB and them realising tha support Pak have given the BCB in the past.

  • zaf100 on January 10, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Naimur Rehman should leave security issues to security people rather trying to get importance on this subject. If he is really worried about anything that should have been Bangladesh performance on the field, because no big teams wants to play against them in their own countries. They should thank Pakistan and jump at this chance to play against a top cricketing nation rather behaving like Australia or any white cricketing nation. If they are trying to please BCCI then they should remember people only wants to see good contest not dirty politics. My advice to Bangladesh is enjoy the Pakistan tour and convince people that you are real tigers and not paper ones.

  • woodhaven on January 10, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    no one should play in pakistan. players life are more important than playing unstable country like pakistan. why they dont invite aussie or england team to do charity for pakistan?

  • tauhid_aks on January 10, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    When bangladesh have got a chance to show their support to Pakistan, they are throwing the chance to set an example. Pathetic!

  • on January 10, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    Such a moronic statment this is "They themselves play their home games in places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi"... He might be out of his mind to say this coz we donot play there willingly... Also Pakistan's premier T20 tournament is played in the country which attract more than 50,000 people in every single match.. I can bet there wont be more than 10,000 in Bangladesh's series here (If it is played).

  • on January 10, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Its sad but i wish as a Sri lankan that we have to help Pakistan to hoist matches in Pakistan.We should not Punish the whole cricket loving Public in Pakistan for actions of few idiots.

  • Stark62 on January 10, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    I would be too!

    No reason to tour Pak at all and cricket shouldn't be held there because it will only end really, really bad.

  • on January 10, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @Naveed, they cannot focus on their cricket when they're in Bangladesh. They should STOP making such statements. Pakistan is much stronger cricketing nation than Bangladesh and they should treat the country with respect. One such incident cannot make the whole country bad. Soon or Later cricket in Pakistan will become alive. Last incident happened 3 years ago and because of that Pakistan lost the hosting title of WC. People think the lack of Security that happened 3 yrs ago will happen again ? I don't think PCB will make this mistake again !!! they will provide all their support to revive cricket in Pakistan. I think Bangladesh has forgotten their own attitude to West Indies when the public threw stones on them after shameful defeat.

  • Eftikhar on January 10, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    The fear of BD Players can't be justified in any means for so many reasons. Chiefly because BOX SECURITY is on offer, secondly we have so many our Bangladeshi Brothers & Sisters already living & conducting every possible affairs at their will with utmost freedom. So, where the question of security of BD Players do arrive?? infact it does not exist in my opinion. Any comments?

  • ONE4U on January 10, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I think there was an agreement between both boards that the BD team will visit Pakistan in response to PCB favouring the BCB's nomination to the ICC.

  • DecisionPending_BD on January 10, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    2009 Lahore tragedy was very rude for int. cricket. I salute to those security people who sacrificed their lives for saving SL players. If any player would have died there then I dnt know what'd happen. But Pak Authority must make an impact on this. If somethings happens again than it's over for them....... BCB must ensure foolproof security for Tigers. I hope PCB and BCB will work together for bringing back Int Cricket again in Pakistan. If there is not enough security for player than we have no choice........ Welcome to UAE..........Tiger Fan

  • on January 10, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @ Naveed:

    Its not like they perform at other times anyway :-) Aren't they just an overconfident bunch of proud under performers?

  • AtifFazal11 on January 10, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Typical Bangladesh. Get what they want (ICC president candidacy) and back out from tour.

  • on January 10, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Bangladesh players have to be logical... the situation is not as bad as it seems but ah well Pakistan bashing has become a norm in the cricketing world... so let it be... But the way they state it its pathetic... Pakistan's support to the smaller boards in the past counts for nothing... Lets see how long Bangladesh cling onto their test status which quite frankly they do not deserve!

  • tauhid_aks on January 10, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    I agree with Bangladeshi players, because the board should have consulted them before sending the security team. After all, the board will not go there, the players will go. So their security and opinion should get priority. However, if Bangladesh goes there and comes back without any problems then it is good for cricket as a whole, because no doubt Pakistan is a world class team and they deserve to play in their home ground. Security issues are everywhere, even if there is a match in Gwahatti, but I think it requires mutual understanding to solve the problem.

  • SHAHBAZKHALID on January 10, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Everyone i believe should be concerned at this level. But if a fool-proof security has been promised by the government, then it becomes a level of national security. And no one should forget what Pakistan cricket did for bangladesh and srilankan cricket when people were not visiting those countries. Pakistan even played a huge role in bringing these countries to the international level. Its time, they should return that to Pakistan cricket. Furthermore, i disagree with the statement that "the situation is not normal" here. We are living a peaceful life in our cities but what is happening on the borders and what you hear in the news is not always correct.

  • drakhan on January 10, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    It is really strange that team like Bangladesh is not travelling Pakistan, instead they must look for every other opportunity to play a high-class test playing cricket team. Bangladesh should be grateful that they are being given some opportunity, as they cannot be rated better than a club team in Pakistan.

  • Lion_96 on January 10, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    As much as i Love to see cricket return to Pakistan, it is still not safe for any team to tour the country as yet. I reckon, the series will be relocated to U.A.E

  • nauman421 on January 10, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Although his concerns are genuine, however the most stupid statement is 'They themselves play their home games in places like Dubai and Abu Dhabi'. Of course Pakistan do not do it willingly. I couldnt comprehend his stance here. And security situation has improved a lt from 2009. It seems CWAB just want to make their presence felt in Bangladesh.

  • safwan_Umair on January 10, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    @ naveed khan .... i am in total agreement with you .... the fear of security will seriously hamper Bangladesh's performance, or at-least give these poor guys a valid excuse for another imminent thrashing ... loll.

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    What a shame! A team like Bangladesh who is playing test cricket because of support of Pakistan, who have no standing, who have similar internal security issues (may be bit lessor) doing nakhras (acting) like world champion or number 1 team in the world. They should not compare themselves with top ranked teams. I wish PCB should not have approached or begged them to visit, its just waist of time and money. PCB should nominate its candidate for VP of ICC, Bangladesh does not deserve this place.

  • on January 10, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    It's far from safe. Naimur Rahman's point of view is correct. Play them in Dubai/Abu Dhabi or even Colombo instead.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Even if they dont play under fear they will still lose it. So thats a lame excuse.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    We need to see who don't want the International cricket to be played in Pakistan .. Then you get the right answer. no problem what so ever with the local players and local tournments, they are playing without any security measurements.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Even if Bangladesh play they don't need to worry in case of loosing. As they have a good reason.

    WE PLAYED IN FEAR, thats why we lost the series!

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    It was a ridiculous political decision from the Bangla cricket board to send their team to Pakistan. After what happened to the Lankan team in 2009, no cricket team should visit Pakistan for many many years. Unless there are dramatic political changes in Pakistan, touring cricket teams will always be unsafe there.

  • ozone8237 on January 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    I am not in full agreement to this article and the author. There are so many reasons for Bangladesh to tour Pakistan.#1 Being a member of the cricketing nation Bangladesh has the Moral, Social, and brotherly responsibility to stand shoulder to shoulder to a Nation who is in need of support from its member nations. Not only for the sake of cricket but fo its die hard fans in both countries. Pakistan needs backing of one of its Asian Block member who can return such a favor when it comes to support BCB and promote cricket in Bangladesh in terms of high class coaching, training and bi-lateral contests between its national and domestic s teams. Pakistan can and is willing to play an important role in promoting cricket in Bangladesh strengthening te financial situation of BCB and its not hidden what Pakistan has done in the past to get Bangladesh the test status. #2 despite the ugly, disappointing and tragic incidences the Pakistan team has been through it has evolved as strong as ever

  • junaidpk on January 10, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Here i want to ask an question what ICC and other full Members like Ind, Aus, Eng etc want to restore international cricket in Pakistan?

  • Omarrz on January 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Naveed Khan --> They will perform just like the way they have been performing in the past 100 years. The fear doesn't have to be the reason of their under-performance which they give in every single match they play. BTW, a very good tactical approach Banglais have applied here. First they made a promise so that Pakistan can vote for their candidate in ICC's election and now since that is done, they are saying this.

  • sabee66 on January 10, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    yes, they played fantastic in their HOME SEIRE, ha ha ha

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Bangladesh Crickets saying Pakistan is not safe? Now this is getting beyond stupid. There's no risk to Bangladeshi Cricketers in Pakistan. I am an American Jew and have visited Pakistan 3 times in the past year for Mountain Climbing, Polo Tournaments, and a Golf Tournament and it was safe enough for me, Bangladesh and India? come on. No one is threatening you

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I am in full agreement with Bangladesh Players. If they play under fear how can they perform. I personally feel that Cricket Cities like Karachi, Lahore and Multan are very safe. Recently Afghanistan Team was there to play against Pakistan A. Pakistan has very robust and dynamic internal tournaments.

  • on January 10, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    The security situation in Pakistan is far better than year ago. No need to worry in Karachi and Lahore. I dont seem any issue of Bangladesh visit to Pakistan except if India want to remain Pakistan isolate.

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  • on January 10, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    The security situation in Pakistan is far better than year ago. No need to worry in Karachi and Lahore. I dont seem any issue of Bangladesh visit to Pakistan except if India want to remain Pakistan isolate.

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    I am in full agreement with Bangladesh Players. If they play under fear how can they perform. I personally feel that Cricket Cities like Karachi, Lahore and Multan are very safe. Recently Afghanistan Team was there to play against Pakistan A. Pakistan has very robust and dynamic internal tournaments.

  • on January 10, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Bangladesh Crickets saying Pakistan is not safe? Now this is getting beyond stupid. There's no risk to Bangladeshi Cricketers in Pakistan. I am an American Jew and have visited Pakistan 3 times in the past year for Mountain Climbing, Polo Tournaments, and a Golf Tournament and it was safe enough for me, Bangladesh and India? come on. No one is threatening you

  • sabee66 on January 10, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    yes, they played fantastic in their HOME SEIRE, ha ha ha

  • Omarrz on January 10, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Naveed Khan --> They will perform just like the way they have been performing in the past 100 years. The fear doesn't have to be the reason of their under-performance which they give in every single match they play. BTW, a very good tactical approach Banglais have applied here. First they made a promise so that Pakistan can vote for their candidate in ICC's election and now since that is done, they are saying this.

  • junaidpk on January 10, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Here i want to ask an question what ICC and other full Members like Ind, Aus, Eng etc want to restore international cricket in Pakistan?

  • ozone8237 on January 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    I am not in full agreement to this article and the author. There are so many reasons for Bangladesh to tour Pakistan.#1 Being a member of the cricketing nation Bangladesh has the Moral, Social, and brotherly responsibility to stand shoulder to shoulder to a Nation who is in need of support from its member nations. Not only for the sake of cricket but fo its die hard fans in both countries. Pakistan needs backing of one of its Asian Block member who can return such a favor when it comes to support BCB and promote cricket in Bangladesh in terms of high class coaching, training and bi-lateral contests between its national and domestic s teams. Pakistan can and is willing to play an important role in promoting cricket in Bangladesh strengthening te financial situation of BCB and its not hidden what Pakistan has done in the past to get Bangladesh the test status. #2 despite the ugly, disappointing and tragic incidences the Pakistan team has been through it has evolved as strong as ever

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 10, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    It was a ridiculous political decision from the Bangla cricket board to send their team to Pakistan. After what happened to the Lankan team in 2009, no cricket team should visit Pakistan for many many years. Unless there are dramatic political changes in Pakistan, touring cricket teams will always be unsafe there.

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    Even if Bangladesh play they don't need to worry in case of loosing. As they have a good reason.

    WE PLAYED IN FEAR, thats why we lost the series!

  • on January 10, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    We need to see who don't want the International cricket to be played in Pakistan .. Then you get the right answer. no problem what so ever with the local players and local tournments, they are playing without any security measurements.