Bangladesh news December 14, 2012

BCB in second stage of planning for Pakistan tour


The Bangladesh Cricket Board is in talks with the Pakistan Cricket Board about a short tour to the country next month. BCB president Nazmul Hassan said that the talks are now all about a suitable timeframe for the tour.

"We can't go in December so we will speak to the PCB today, about whether we can fit in a small tour before the BPL," Hassan told ESPNcricinfo.

Bangladesh's proposed tour to Pakistan hit a snag earlier this year when, on April 19, a Dhaka court order embargoed a series between the two scheduled for the end of April.

In November, Hassan said that the BCB had made a "written commitment" to the PCB to go ahead with the tour.

On Friday Hassan explained that they are now in the second phase of talks with the PCB because the first phase, which dealt with security issues, was satisfactory. "I have spoken to those who went for the security assessment and they are quite satisfied," he said. "If we can agree on a time, we will go next month."

He also said that the players and the support staff will be spoken to about the tour, but no one will be forced to go on the tour. "The last time when we discussed [touring Pakistan], we wanted to talk to the players and find out their opinion. We will also speak to foreign staff but it is highly likely that they won't go. That we can understand. We don't want to force them."

Back in March, the ICC had introduced a "special dispensation" to be made only in "exceptional circumstances" that allowed bilateral series to take place even if the ruling body determined it "unsafe" to appoint its officials for these series. This would allow such series to be manned by "non-neutral match officials", a departure from the ICC's Standard Playing Conditions.

Hassan said the dispensation will take effect if the ICC doesn't send its officials to conduct the matches. "They [ICC] are quite clear about it. They want us to decide if we want to go or not. We will submit a security plan to them, after which they will decide whether they will send their match officials or not. If they don't, we will have to appoint match officials."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Munad on December 17, 2012, 23:59 GMT

    If PCB stop players from playing in BPL, it's doing more damage to PAK player. They don't have opportunity in IPL and now they can't play BPL. I love PAK cricket but only because of the cricketers not because of PCB. Seriously there should be intelligent people in the administration; not people who mix sports with politics.

  • Munad on December 17, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    OMG, this is not Cricket anymore.....this is now pure politics. you really think cricketers will perform with a gun on their heads? It is sports, not war. If they don't feel safe how can they perform? and honestly PCB's threat does not hold any ground. IPL is doing pretty well without Pak player and so will BPL. Cricket is not dependent on one country of a set of players.

  • sohail on December 17, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Question for KIWIROCKER, How calm your so called elite cricketing nation is begging all around to have someone visit your country and how calm you guys keep wasting your time posting comments here about "just a club level cricket team of Bangladesh?" Is it actually even worth your time to write about Bangladesh team? OR, IT TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE?

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    my Bangladeshi bros."It's strictly business." Pakistan helped BD in attaining test status and also helped u to get the presidency of ICC. Now you must return the favor. If BD doesn't keep its promise and visit Pakitan then we are better alone than having these kind of friends.

  • purbo on December 17, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    neither your ancestor nor the current generation are taking lessons from their own history (FOR PAKIS). InshaAllah, soon bangladesh will start winning matches against Pakis (without match or spot fixing). Careful here, we are about to nail you guys in the last meeting. Stop thinking about Bangladesh's test status because you are not the one who provides it.

  • Rahul on December 17, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Pak fans shud thank BD BecoZ after participating in BPL only players like Afridi Ajmal were able to buy their own car and home

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    Folks stop fighting; I would only like to see Bangladesh visiting Pakistan with full strength and with neutral ICC appointed umpires and that's it. We are in no hurry of reviving cricket in Pakistan. We just want good cricket.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    If they want to come and play, Great! If No, that is still understandable. But, I am tired of this PCB & BCB Cricket politics - it has to end. Yes, we are deprived off cricket in Pakistan but we are not DEAD!

  • Muhammad Rakibul on December 17, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    @ RAQ: Yes, I'm talking like a kid. But ur fellow countrymen Adnan_Mamoon had made such a Matured comment like- ''afghan team is 100 times better than this club level team bangladesh.'' Unfortunately PCB is still trying to ensure the tour of such a CLUB level team which has been already Asia Cup runners up & has beaten WT20 Champ WI in ODI deries this month. If PK don't like weak teams like BD, they should go for AUSSIES, PROTEUS or ENGLISH. I wish, passion of PK cricket fans is enough to bring Aus, Eng, SA to PK despite being unsecured.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    No offence guys but its kind of embarrassing for 4 Asian countries that love Cricket dearly but still cannot take on England, Australia and South Africa says a lot where the quality lies :D

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