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Kamal remarks throw Pakistan tour into doubt

Siddarth Ravindran in Dhaka

March 12, 2012

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Zaka Ashraf and Mustafa Kamal at a press conference, Lahore, March 4, 2012
Mustafa Kamal had been positive about Bangladesh's tour after visiting Pakistan © AFP
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The uncertainty over whether Bangladesh will tour Pakistan next month and end a three-year drought of international cricket there continues, after BCB president Mustafa Kamal said they would not tour if the ICC did not agree to send their match officials. Several moves over the past two weeks suggested the tour was going to be given the green light. These included a Bangladesh delegation approving the security infrastructure in Pakistan, and the ICC introducing a special dispensation that would allow "non-neutral match officials" for bilateral series in "exceptional circumstances", should it find it unsafe to appoint its officials for a series.

However, Kamal has now said said there was no question of the tour going ahead if the ICC did not provide officials. "We won't go if everything doesn't happen within the standard practice, which is the allocation of match-referees, umpires and all things by the ICC," he said on Wednesday in Dhaka. "That [allowing officials from the competing teams] means we are not going there because ICC also has responsibility. If they don't take responsibility, then on what basis can I send my players."

The ICC's recommendation to allow bilateral series to continue even though the governing body had security concerns about them had already drawn flak from the Federation of International Cricketers' Association.

Pakistan have not hosted any international matches since a terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore three years ago. They have played most of their home matches in the UAE since then, though the PCB has been pushing hard to stage matches in Pakistan.

Kamal said he too wanted international cricket to return to Pakistan.

"I am the president of the BCB and also the president of the Asian Cricket Council, in that sense I have a dual responsibility, and yes I do want cricket to happen in Pakistan but it all depends on many issues - security, the ICC's views and the government's approval. The discussions are on and in a short time we will announce our decision."

Last week, a nine-member delegation from Bangladesh, headed by Kamal, had been given a two-day demonstration of the security plan for the proposed bilateral series next month. After being briefed about the arrangements, the delegation had been satisfied with arrangements in Lahore, and Kamal had been optimistic about the series going ahead.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

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Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Thank you, Bangladesh, but no thanks. As a Pakistani, and one who dearly loves his country (opts to live and work in Pakistan) and dearly loves his cricket (yes, in that order too), I wouldn't want any international cricket to be played in Pakistan under these 'special conditions'. Its not as if, once Bangladesh tour, Australia, England and South Africa will be lining up to play in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar. The risks FAR OUTWEIGH the benefits. All it would take is a another tragic incident, no matter how good the 'presidential level security'. And then, we'll be condemned for ever. Its far more important now to take stock and build up the domestic cricket scene, and continue to play in the Middle East or away for the foreseeable future. ICC's two-facedness is a blessing in disguise.

Posted by   on (March 15, 2012, 6:18 GMT)

Hi All Coll down guys international cricket will come in pakistan soon inshAllah and these 3rd category cricket nation cant help in anyway to our cricket its better we focus on our domestic cricket and improve that.

Posted by faisal_khan_1 on (March 14, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

I completely agree with Shoaib Khan. The double standards are obvious and reflective of the Indian dominace of the ICC.

@ rajanborna. I am not surprised at your dislike for Pakistan cricket. and your board's reluctance at the last moment is not unexpected. However, remember your team should consider itself very lucky to still be allowed to play cricket with the kids of performances you guys give.

Posted by RaMin90 on (March 14, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

@ShoaibKhan & RajanBorna - Very impressed with those views from both of you guys, made me think. First of all to the Pakistani fans, don't blame Bangladesh but blame the ICC as there's something dodgy for them to not send their officials and that's why the Bangladesh board took a stance.

Posted by ashakoor52 on (March 14, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

Dear Rajan Borna,If Mustafa Kamal being a politician is playing dirty politics, Haroon Lorgat is also playing dirty politics. They both are involving politics in sports and fulfilling other's agenda. It is not painful to deprive Pakistan of international cricket but the double standard of the sport's governing body.As Shoaib Khan rightly wrote, much bigger events in India and UK did not prevent cricket and other sports to take place, why Pakistan is the target? It is shear double standard.

Posted by RajanBorna on (March 14, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

I am a Bangladeshi and I am not a big fan of Pakistan cricket, However, I am a crazy cricket lover and I want International cricket back to Pakistan. Now dear Pakistani, do you want your country to be a "test sample" in the laboratory? It's not matter about how good or bad your country. Mustafa Kamal is a political person, especially from the dirty political culture in South Asia. That is all said about his involvement. But why ICC is not allowing their officials to tour Pakistan but allowing Bangladesh? Is it a Joke? Dear Pakistani, with due respect and understanding you being desperate to see International cricket in your home, But would you have accepted your country in the same situation where even ICC is like to see laboratory result. Yes, it's also true; Bangladesh tour to Pakistan under this condition will not influence other country. So why are you upset? Rather, ICC to send their officials, will add value to this tour for other major cricket nation to visit.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

Mumbai attack happened on the Taj hotel(in which visiting team was staying) and still Cricket is going on in India, London Attacks happened and still Austraila carried on with the English tour but if something bad happens in Pakistan ICC will make lame excuses to finish the Cricket in Pakistan. Shame on ICC's double standards!! Shame on Haroon Logart!!

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Well said, Pakistan must focus on domestic cricket and polish the raw talent into the next big stars. We should not be begging others to come and play in Pakistan, rather we should show our talent and character so that others wish to come and play in our domestic seasons. Once again the focus should be finding and preparing the new players for thrashing other teams on their own soils. An army away from its own soil thrashing teams after teams. This should be the agenda.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 14:50 GMT)

wat Bangladesh tours and wat if not tours ??? Doors on Pak cricket will open when a major test playing nation visits Pakistan For this India and Srilanka must come forward

Posted by SherjilAhmed on (March 14, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Very simple. Pakistan should focus on the domestic cricket, which has been long forgotten all this time. And by the way, since when did Bangladesh become so important that Pakistan would 'request' them to come home. We've done enough to try to satisfy Bangladesh and there is nothing more that should be done. And by the way, Mr. Mohammed Younus Dolon: we know what Pakistan is made of. Soon, the World will see us bouncing back and then you'd know who needs to oil their machines.

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