Bangladesh news March 12, 2012

Kamal remarks throw Pakistan tour into doubt

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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

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • scandalboy on March 14, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    Well that means, all that "security team tour to Pakistan for examining security conditions" was a well played drama.

  • inayathussain on March 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    icc role given Bangladash to play in Pakistan

  • on March 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    No international cricket in Pakistan is blessing in disguise. Pakistan have to play domestic as well as away series away from Pakistan. The result is they are winning more than when they were playing at home. Bangladesh is already on the verge of collapsing from international cricket particularly test cricket.Even in other formats, Ireland, Afghanistan, Canada and UAE are better than them.

    Look at our Umpires M/S Aleem Dar, Asad Rauf and Zamir Haider. First two are in Elite Panel and the third,too, is second to none. And this achievement is the result of no international cricket in Pakistan.

    So keep it up PCB, Pakistan Cricket and related people including fans. You are second to none.

  • on March 14, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    There is no such thing as fool proof security. We all saw what happened with SL team. Pak needs to wait.

  • on March 14, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    It's better bangladesh doesn't come in Pakistan.... We are happy with our domestic competitions. Calling Srilanka is better option rather then bangalies ... Pakistan should also not give vote to Mustafa Kamal.

  • Muhammad.Umair on March 14, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Pakistan should take this time out and plan for a v solid domestic structure. once that is in place, even foreign players will come to Pak to take part in domestic matches and then we can further move on to international cricket.

    Pak should not try to look v desparate to ask third rated teams like Banglaz to come here at the moment. and Pak players should boycott BPL next year so as the favor can be returned amicablly.

  • on March 14, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Today PAK Faces This Issue... Tomorrow It Can B Any Other Country....!!!!!

  • on March 14, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    i wish bangkladesh could come to pakistan

  • hani2 on March 14, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    d'not trust on bangali.............

  • raza_abbas_virk on March 14, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    BD cricket board is making lame excuses now to deny their decission of sending cricket team in pak and every person know that BD cricket board is just doing what indian cricket board is dictating them so we will hear in a few days that BD cricket board will announce that BD cricket team is not going in pak.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 14, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Players security is first priority. First Pak has to prove that.

  • ahsanshaikh04 on March 13, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    There is FIFA; able to get 208 members and there is ICC; have just 10 full members and still wants to destroy 1. I'm sad, really sad.

  • on March 13, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Lets not say to much, soon it will be Bangladesh who will need Pak help, then we will show. Im referring to Bangladesh being removed form the Test playing club, we woill see then how they will come begging. Never thought this tour would go ahead in any way, unless the ICC become really independant and not the puppet of we all know.....

  • on March 13, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Pak people shud undsten the simple thing, BD is very much interested to return Int. Cricket in PAK bt despite ICC's decision of not sending their match officials it will be very tough to ahead this tour. I can see PAK people are continuously criticizing BD team which is a complete unprofessional view by them. U guys shud be more smarter and talk in sense. Oli ur own machine. Before 1971 there was really no cricket structure in BD due to that time west PAK govt. narrow overlook, whatever todays BD in cricket even PAK will never dare to reach this stage within very short time like BD. so try to respect others so that u will be respected.thanks

  • Lord_Dravid on March 13, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    who could have guessed that if any team wanted to tour pakistan right now it would be bangladesh!

  • on March 13, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I an an indian and i am prepared to face any one.why this ICC doing like this ,next alternative is arrange matches with players like c,gayle etc and defay icc,what u need need is guts like s.africa.pak acn invite twams likw zimbabee.

  • zulfi43 on March 13, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    Pakistan is hosting other international tournament successfully i.e SNOOKER. BOXING, SQUISH etc..... so why not cricket ?....... seems ICC has some based minded official .... even then Pakistan is producing world class cricketer and always will be ,,,,,, we keep playing cricket away from home and should also focus on other great game like football hockey... stop bagging from others, cricket is not one and only game in world..... if pak produce imran khan ,javaid miandad,waseem akram,waqar etc..etc they also produced great Jhangir khan, Janshair khan, Sohail abbas ,shahbaz...etc and they have potential to produce mohammed ali kilay, Meradona, Tigerwood ,ect .... just fine tune your focus....pakistan zindabad

  • Wachucha on March 13, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    BD should consider themselves privilegged to be invited by a mojor test playing country. If they lose this opportunity they may regret for a long time to regain the trust and support of PCB that is vital for them at this stage whilst their test status is being questioned.

  • serious-am-i on March 13, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    @aamir: can u kindly highlight me how PCB helped SAF/SL ?

  • PakoP on March 13, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Its a shame that Pakistan can not provide security to sportsmen

  • on March 13, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Seems like ICC have an agenda of their own. Cricket is not the only factor that helps them make their decisions. It is all about Money. They will blindly follow the money. Bringing cricket back in Pakistan will help youth do something and not become vehicles of terrorism. It is all political, UNFORTUNATELY :(

  • Sports4Youth on March 13, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Mohd.Talha not injured. --> http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan-domestic-2011/engine/current/match/554269.html

  • on March 13, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @Jyoto yay, Bengali people should remember the support Pakistan team and board ave shown to them in the past. it was pakistan due to which Bengalis were given test status. well im saying that Bangladesh team should tour Pakistan anyways but their public should not give such statements at least. no offense.

  • on March 13, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    ICC is more like a sarcastic teacher at school who kills certain students all the time. Some decisions doesn't make any sense. it is a governing body which should try to devise the policies through which cricket can flourish but it is not the case with ICC. ICC needs a revamp else this game would die, they haven't been able to increase the number of test playing nations, this game doesnt feature in Olympics and other world sporting events. People sitting in Dubai in their luxurious offices simply have no idea what impacts this deprivation will have on future prospects in Pakistan.

  • on March 13, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Agree with CrazyforcricketIII, Pakistan DO have to smart themselves up! Because this is not the first time we've seen it. Don't wanna use any word silly but now we should act smart and secondly should remember who's a friend and a foe! SIMPLE

  • on March 13, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    @Jyoti Yay u r forgetting India tour of 2004 to PAK. Its one of the best hosted tour u'd hav ever imagined. n for ur info, "Military guards were all around Players"

    so just keep ur boys in ur lap n keep feeding them while Pak will continue producing world-class cricketers !!!

  • El_Toro_Loco on March 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    What the fuss is all about. Who cares if BD tours OR not, no one is going to watch those games anyway. Stadiums will be empty, instead Pakistan should invest more time, money & energy on the local & regional cricketing circuit.

  • on March 13, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    huuh... i knew it,something like that is goona happen,Pakistan can still move on by playing at neutral venues.

  • on March 13, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    We deeply want that Cricket will back in Pakistan soon. But thing is that ICC should do something. ICC should not be that much rigid and they should send Officials to this potential tour. I strongly believe that Pakistan will ENSURE A COMPLETE SECURITY PROCEDURE for Bangladesh team.

  • sophocles on March 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    As a Pakistani, I don't blame Akmal for his concerns regarding the ICC decision. I also do not understand how come a visiting team considers security arrangements to be OK whereas the ICC considers them to be insufficient. Besides, there is an inherent contradiction within the ICC statement regarding officials where they are making an exception.

  • on March 13, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    Mustafa Kamal finally showing some guts. It's just not worth playing a tour with military personnel all around you. That's not cricket, and it's not a place I want to see our young boys play in.

  • aamir1363 on March 13, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    It needs a rethink from Bangladesh side. Remembering future prospect. A friend i need is a friend indeed. So. We have our options too.

  • aamir1363 on March 13, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Good Efforts by Pakistani Officials, The otherside seem baised. No issues for Pakistan and Pakistan Cricket. Pakistan Cricket Board will continue its efforts and I belive PCB team lead by Zaka Ashraf would immediately come out with Plan B. World and the Asian team should remember Pakistan's support at their need time. The Role of Pakistan for Cricket folushing in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and South Africa Cricket should be remembered by the World. We supported them when no body want to support Us. Good Luck Pakistan Cricket.

  • Asif_Iqbal on March 13, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    ha ha ha I already now that there is no possiblity of this tour but dont worry Pakistan still and will produce world class crickters

  • yorkslanka on March 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Sri Lanka may tour Pakistan again at some stage despite what happened last time..we know our cricketing brothers in Pakistan need help in terms of touring teams and we have a great relationship between the countries..good luck Pakistan and hope this tour goes ahead..we look forward to welcoming you to Sri Lanka in a few months time..

  • on March 13, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    I don't understand what the fuss is.ICC role suppose to be the official body which support all the cricket board.In Pakistan case they are acting like a boss even both boards were agree to play cricket they try to be naive.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on March 13, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Not going to happen! Pakistan has to smarten up!!

  • timtom on March 13, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Good decision Kamal.. Nothing is more important than players safety.. Let ICC give clearance for security , all countries can can play in Pakistan..ALso appreciate that Kamal took some initiatives on behalf of Bangladesh to support tournament in Pakistan and doing their own security check..

  • on March 12, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    I am sure no other country except Afghanistan or Zimbabwe will visit Pakistan. Bangladesh wants matches and they will be given by India and every one knows Pakistan India relations

  • on March 12, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    I do not understand this rediculous statement by Mr. Kamal. If you were only going to visit Pakistan if ICC sends the officials then why did you send your security team there. Why did not you ask ICC before doing it. Why this whole drama.

    I do not understand who made this guy yop official of Bangladesh and Asian Cricket and now the wind is, he is going to head ICC too. One genius after another. No please !!!

  • dan0077 on March 12, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    ahhh don't come who care's ...............

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    I know this not going to happen, Pakistan official has some wishful thinking

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    this is absolutely ridiculous ..PAKISTAN is currently hosting INTERNATIONAL SNOOKER championship ... PAKISTAN had also satisfied the security delegation of BANGALDESH .. If ICC is not ready to send other officials it can Send Umpires which are from PAKISTAN because they will have no objection to it . This is absolutely sad that a cricket CRAZy country is not being given a chance to prove itself .

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Bangladesh should tour pakistan,to re- play cricket in pakistan , however there r some minor problems in the way but should be solved these problems by two countries for the sake of cricket and forrrrrrrrrrrrrr pakistan especially. Though its a very short tour but remember it is the 1st step (tour) after that incident, that become the cause of full stop to play international cricket in Pakistan

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    It appears Mr. Mustafa Kamal got all the votes he needed for his ICC election, and does not need Pakisan's. He is not the right person for Bangladesh cricket, as seen from his sacking and reinstating Tamim. How can he be the right person for world cricket? He is the Ejaz Butt of Bangladesh and would sink Bangla cricket the way Ejaz Butt sank Pakistan's.

  • on March 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Mr. Zaka Ashraf has to do something very urgently to end this uncertainty on the tour!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 12, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    There's a few very good reasons why no international side wants to set foot in Pakistan. I'm afraid that's the bottom line.

  • NuruddinLakhani on March 12, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I am convinced that the tour won't happen.

  • Dr.Hasan on March 12, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Seems like somebody or some organization has given the BCB president reason for second thoughts. He got what he wanted for himself i.e the icc post now he will just cancel the tour and this excuse is just meant to put the onus on the icc and walk away innocently. The tour wasn't a good idea in the first place in my opinion given the current situation...our police/rangers can't even reduce street crimes and target killings. no way they bud n able to give security to the people coming to the stadiums for watching the matches...although the players wud b sufficiently protected in my opinion.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 12, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    After lot of controversial incident in BCB, finally Mr. Kamal shows some maturity to take a positive decision. It will b very risky tour if ICC won't allow. BD shouldn't tour there until ICC allow them & send their officials.

  • Masking_Tape on March 12, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    He pulled out his trump cards didn't he? Atta boy!

  • on March 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    I am totally agree with Mr.Kamal that "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."

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  • on March 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    I am totally agree with Mr.Kamal that "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."

  • Masking_Tape on March 12, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    He pulled out his trump cards didn't he? Atta boy!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 12, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    After lot of controversial incident in BCB, finally Mr. Kamal shows some maturity to take a positive decision. It will b very risky tour if ICC won't allow. BD shouldn't tour there until ICC allow them & send their officials.

  • Dr.Hasan on March 12, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Seems like somebody or some organization has given the BCB president reason for second thoughts. He got what he wanted for himself i.e the icc post now he will just cancel the tour and this excuse is just meant to put the onus on the icc and walk away innocently. The tour wasn't a good idea in the first place in my opinion given the current situation...our police/rangers can't even reduce street crimes and target killings. no way they bud n able to give security to the people coming to the stadiums for watching the matches...although the players wud b sufficiently protected in my opinion.

  • NuruddinLakhani on March 12, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I am convinced that the tour won't happen.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 12, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    There's a few very good reasons why no international side wants to set foot in Pakistan. I'm afraid that's the bottom line.

  • on March 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    Mr. Zaka Ashraf has to do something very urgently to end this uncertainty on the tour!!

  • Hassan.Farooqi on March 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    It appears Mr. Mustafa Kamal got all the votes he needed for his ICC election, and does not need Pakisan's. He is not the right person for Bangladesh cricket, as seen from his sacking and reinstating Tamim. How can he be the right person for world cricket? He is the Ejaz Butt of Bangladesh and would sink Bangla cricket the way Ejaz Butt sank Pakistan's.

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    Bangladesh should tour pakistan,to re- play cricket in pakistan , however there r some minor problems in the way but should be solved these problems by two countries for the sake of cricket and forrrrrrrrrrrrrr pakistan especially. Though its a very short tour but remember it is the 1st step (tour) after that incident, that become the cause of full stop to play international cricket in Pakistan

  • on March 12, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    this is absolutely ridiculous ..PAKISTAN is currently hosting INTERNATIONAL SNOOKER championship ... PAKISTAN had also satisfied the security delegation of BANGALDESH .. If ICC is not ready to send other officials it can Send Umpires which are from PAKISTAN because they will have no objection to it . This is absolutely sad that a cricket CRAZy country is not being given a chance to prove itself .