Bangladesh news November 1, 2012

'BCB made written commitment to touring Pak'


The Bangladesh Cricket Board recently made a written commitment to its Pakistan counterpart to touring that country at the end of the year, its new president Nazmul Hassan revealed today. Hassan didn't say who sent the letter on behalf of the BCB, but said since it had been sent, the necessary steps would have to be taken.

It was later revealed that it had been sent before he took over on October 18.

"Jalal [Yunus, the BCB's media committee chairman] said in the last press conference that we haven't contacted the PCB regarding a tour [but] we have found out that a letter was sent from the BCB about playing there," Hassan said at the end of a five-hour meeting in Mirpur on Thursday. "The Pakistan media started saying that Bangladesh would tour because such a correspondence had indeed taken place."

The letter, Hassan said, was brief and made no mention of security or any logistical factors. "Since we have found out about the letter, we are considering whether it is mandatory to tour Pakistan or if there are any other options. If we go to Pakistan, we need to be assured of adequate security for our team.

"Actually there are a lot of gaps in that letter, so we have to take all this into account and decide if we want to go or not and if we do [decide positively], then we will go. I would call it a commitment, although it is just a one-line letter, but it is clear the BCB has decided."

Asked if it was mentioned to him at his first meeting, Hassan said, "This wasn't on the agenda at the meeting. I wasn't told about it. I know for a fact that Jalal bhai didn't know too; maybe the others [directors] did."

Yunus said that despite the letter being sent earlier this month, the PCB's stand was that it was still Bangladesh who would decide when to tour. "The letter was sent just before the new president was appointed. He [Hassan] wasn't informed during the transition period. [PCB general manager of media] Nadeem Sarwar has denied that PCB president Zaka Ashraf said Bangladesh will tour Pakistan in December. They have left it to Bangladesh to decide."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Sami on November 4, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - I laughed when you said Tamim was an average player that was pretty funny I mean how can you call someone average when he's so good to watch bat? how can an average player score 4 50s in a row? and 2 back to back 100s against England in England? and so on...please! :)

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    YES AS a BD cricket fan, i would say , BD team should go to pak. Bangladesh shouldn't involve any politics

  • Andrew on November 4, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover on (November 03 2012, 11:04 AM GMT) - I think most Ozzy cricketers would say they WANT to tour Pakistan as it is a challenge. It would require positive signs of stability, which depending on your POV either IS or IS NOT happening! (If that makes sense). I would dearly love Pakistan to be a safe place for International cricketers to tour again. I think will tour in the future - after all, in the mid 90s we didn't tour SL as it was unsafe. We have toured numerous times since. As a stepping stone, I think Pakistan should concentrate on getting Bangladesh & Afghanistan over for tours.

  • Wicky on November 3, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    If bd visit pak,they should be made to play tests against departmental teams like i mentiond in previous post,it might raise the standard of bangla cricket aftr a tuff test against these sides. BUILDING NEW STADIUMS n attracting new Sponers n endorsments r not going to help Bangla on the playing field as long as they dn't get 11 players(atleast) to play internationaly.THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND BOWLERs even OF Calibre of Rana naved,Rao iftikhar@Smith robertson,I GUES INABILITY OF UR AUSIES TO NEGOTIATE AJMAL STIL hurts?lolz

  • Wicky on November 3, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    @ExtremeSpeed,SHAKIB Z ABOVE AVERAGE,TAMIM Z AVERAGE,othrs R below Averge,U HAVE Evry right to dream bt the fact iz ur team iz not gd enuf to compete against one of our departmental teamp like PIA,PORT QASIM,HABIB BANK.we have almost about 4 to 5 times bigr pool of youngstrs than bd can nevr compete against pak

  • Sami on November 3, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Pakistan are an exciting Cricket team no doubt about that wonderful talent but Bangladesh has the better future in Cricket of the two clearly I mean co-hosted successfully last years World Cup, will hold the World T20 Championship, next ICC Vice and President will be a Bangladesh, good players are coming through now, the youngest of all the teams, building and improving stadiums/academies/facilities i.e Syhlet and Cox Bazar, have the second best overall Under-19 record the future of Cricket which already produced the likes of Tamim (23 years old), Shakib (25 years), Rahim (23 years), Nasir (20 years) and now Anamul Haque (19 years) who was the top scorer at recently concluded Under-19 World Cup and many more. The future is clear for Bangladesh's Cricket love it or hate it guys it doesn't matter all the best! -_-

  • Jonny on November 3, 2012, 0:17 GMT

    hmm...Really I don't think any team will ever tour Pakistan. I just simply don't understand why there wasn't security given to the Sri Lankan team in 2009 otherwise Cricket would've continued in Pakistan till today.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    its like big fish tired of getting the small one in its grip and then saying oh its not my type. get a life people.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Dear Team Bangladesh, Plz Plz we don't want ur tour in Pakistan. Boring matches, empty stadiums ... better for PCB to utilize this time for PPL ...

  • Syed on November 2, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    its good for Bangla itself as it will do lots of good to them while playing agaist high profile country i.e Pak. i think still it won't be any bigger step for bringing back cricket. it's better to decide quickly about PPL.. Pak Bangla matches will do nothing better than MA.Shah trophy ..These criticizing Bangladeshi people lyk 'extreme speed' and 'BD pola' are forgetting that they were once struggling to earn test status and PCB was the one board that stood up with them and won them test status (for which i personally feel that they don't deserve it any more now Ireland should be awarded with test status instead...!) plz u guys don't tour Pak as it will give no benefit other than waste of time and one sided cricket matches as Ban lie way behind the standards of good cricketing teams like SA,Aus,Pak,Sri,Ind,NZ,WIN!!! Pak cricketers need rest b4 a hectic season coming up from late dec.

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