Bangladesh news December 22, 2012

BCB awaits ICC security clearance for Pakistan tour


Nazmul Hassan, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, has said the decision to tour Pakistan is still "two to four days" away after his Pakistan counterpart Zaka Ashraf claimed that the BCB had confirmed that the tour was on. The BCB is awaiting a security assessment to be conducted by the ICC before making an announcement.

"In my opinion, we can reach a final decision in the next two to four days," Hassan told BBC Bangla Service on Saturday. "We will ask the ICC to complete their security assessment for match officials and the moment they finalise their stance, we can give our confirmation.

"It [the decision to tour] will somewhat depend on the ICC's decision. We need to know their security assessment. Our security team that had gone to Pakistan said the security is adequate."

Earlier in the day, Ashraf said the BCB had communicated its willingness to tour Pakistan. "We were in constant touch with the BCB officials and they have conveyed to us that the tour is confirmed," Ashraf told AFP. "They have also got approval from their board members and we are in touch for the schedule."

Hassan said that having agreed to tour Pakistan, there was no question of backing down. "We have committed to travel to Pakistan and it is my understanding that the commitment is minuted in an ICC meeting.

"Since we have made a commitment and if we think the security is satisfactory, I think we should go. We will see the ICC's security assessment and conduct our own assessment. We will adopt every possible precaution before going.

"Bangladesh has reached a stage in world cricket where it won't be wise to not keep a commitment. It could be used as an example in future."

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.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    I wish BD will go to PAK . and it will a full team with Sakib, Tamim.... and other all. All as BD best sight. But PAK must conform our security as best as posible. I hope it will be a historical tour.

    Good luck Bangladesh.

  • Shipu on December 25, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Lets just give Pakistan what they want and do them this favour because really, both teams cannot afford to lose eachother. Besides, if it does go successful likely it will not only it will be a positive sign for Pakistan in hosting International matches but will just make Bangladesh Cricket look good that they were the first team to actually have the courtesy to tour there. Don't forget that even before that 09 incident, Australia last toured Pakistan way back in 1998.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    we shall welcome BD team as our brothers,please come to enjoy our hospitality. BD team shall be given high security.SL security lapse was a big blunder.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    To Pakistani fans, please learn to respect other teams, as we were unlucky not to beat you in the last 13 years. Do not forget that we have defeated India thrice, Sri Lanka thrice, England twice, West Indies 8 times, and the least goes on. If you have trust on your young players, then field your second string team against our second string team. We are touring this for your sake, we do not care if Pakistanis do not come to BPL, I dont think your players will want to miss the chance of earning so much money. If Bangladesh does not tour Pakistan, we will see who does!

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @mazii, Bangladesh is a different team now. In their last 2 ODI's against Pakistan, Bangladesh almost won the match, and unless Shahadat bowled that dreadful over or Umar Gul bowled that devastating spell we would have won. I always felt Pakistan are a respectable team, but if you are strong, why are you afraid to play against us? No one wants to come to ur country, if we come it might help you not us!

  • sadequl on December 25, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @ ĶămŘǻn Ŗiăz don't misread my comments & there is no Q of begging or anything in here & more over it is pretty good to have such bilateral series between south Asian cricket countries to have such as continuous basis. All due respect what ever you said is true & that's why infect BD is trying to give you the pay back too which you deserve but what sort of greeting messages you are spreading in here for BD team by saying "We DO NOT want a pathetic team" or perhaps "a third class B-graded team" !!! What sort of an example you guys are showing or putting in here & infect this doesn't prove much of a difference between those barbarian people who tried to attacked SL players in their bus as you know. Even days back you had another bomb blast incident in your country this month! So if you guys really mean you want cricket to back on your country then you should rather start thinking more positively for any guest team to visit your country not only BD but also for other countries as well.

  • Mahmud on December 25, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    ICC should come up with their strong voices louder enough to be heard and specific enough to be understood by all. We all are aware of the incidents happened with Srilankan players. What happened after that shootout in broad day light on the street? Condolence message from paki authority was not convincing at all. They just sounded phoney and empty. Have they paid any compensation to srilankan players? The answer is no. If ICC do not give clearance for other teams, then why they should give for BD only. If they give clearance, they should arrange matches also. Why ICC not sending their specialist team to check security system to ensure safety of cricketers on that soil? ICC shouldn't play hide and seek game with this vital important issue.

  • Sami on December 25, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    It looks to me fans of other teams are worried about the threat Bangladesh Cricket imposes chill guys its a good thing this is what Cricket needs, more emerging teams. I saw that under-19 game in the world cup on tv between India and Pakistan and apart from 2 don't look promising and had our Shakib, Tamim, Nasir etc played them their bowling, would've destroyed them but despise our Cricket all you want because us Bangla fans know what we're talking about times are changing.

  • Jonny on December 25, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Pakistan fans forget things easily, if Bangladesh can now give you a game all the way to the end against your old best players then just imagine what this team will do to your young replacements. Yes at the moment, Pakistan will still continue to have the hand over Bangladesh but tick tock tick tock...its going to come to an end sooner or later. Fact is Bangladesh have improved and will continue to improve even further especially when another BPL is coming with more matches where they will gain even more confidence and experience against players from other nations. By the way, I love Pakistan Cricket but please just admit it Bangladesh are becoming a force in Cricket on and off. Its all about the present and future for us but you guys are still thinking of the past. One Pakistan fan on here says young replacement will do a better job than the retired players really? who can do better than i.e. Ponting for Australia right now? Kawaja? hehehe

  • Smith on December 25, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    @Legaleagle: Rubbish! you have completely forgotten the youth system of the teams. Our under-19 team the future stars of Cricket leads you 6-5 so that 'talent' of yours when it comes to youth has gone straight to the bin. Bangladesh have the third best youth record of all the teams i.e. 17-8 win ratio over England, 4-2 win ratio over West Indies, 14-8 win ratio over Sri Lanka, 6-5 over Pakistan. The top run scorer of the under-19 world cup was a Bangladeshi and now at top level, has scored a 120 against the West Indies in the last series on his official debut so that argument of yours is clearly invalid based on these evidences good luck next time :)

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