December 31, 2012

Bangladesh's proposed tour to Pakistan: a timeline

A timeline of the events around Bangladesh's proposed tour of Pakistan

November 23, 2011
In return for Pakistan's support of Bangladesh's candidate for the post of the ICC vice-president, Pakistan proposes that Bangladesh tour their country.

December 17, 2011
The BCB decides to send a security-assessment team to Pakistan ahead of a proposed short tour, after new the PCB president Zaka Ashraf visits Dhaka for a one-on-one meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart. The two endorse Mustafa Kamal as the ICC vice-president, pending BCB approval.

March 4, 2012
As reservations about the proposed tour are expressed from within and outside the country, the Bangladesh board says it is satisfied with Pakistan's security arrangements, after it conducts a two-day assessment tour headed by Kamal.

March 7, 2012
The ICC introduces a "special dispensation" to be made only in "exceptional circumstances", in order to ensure that bilateral series are played even if the ruling body has determined it "unsafe" to appoint its officials for such series.

March 12, 2012
Amid growing pressure from within Bangladesh against the tour, BCB chief Kamal says he wouldn't let the team tour if the ICC doesn't agree to send match officials. Ashraf retaliates, saying bilateral relations hinge on the tour.

April 15, 2012
Kamal announces Bangladesh's tour to Pakistan, scheduled at the end of April. But he does this from Dubai, as the BCB directors remain unaware of any such decision, it having not been discussed in any meeting till that point.

April 19, 2012
The Dhaka High Court orders the tour to be suspended for the next four weeks after a writ petition was filed by a university teacher and a Supreme Court lawyer, who challenged the tour. The Pakistan board reacts sharply.

November 1, 2012
New BCB chief Nazmul Hassan says that a written commitment has been made to the PCB from the Bangladesh board to tour Pakistan. He adds that most of the board's directors weren't aware of such a commitment.

December 14, 2012
Hassan confirms talks are on with the PCB about touring in January, just before the Bangladesh Premier League. He says the players will decide if they want to go, while the foreign staff are unlikely to be keen to on it.

A top PCB official hints that the Bangladesh Premier League will be Pakistan's bargaining chip to ensure Bangladesh's tour.

December 22, 2012
Hassan says, from London, that the BCB are awaiting a security clearance from the ICC, though the game's governing body had already given its special dispensation months ago. This after PCB chief Ashraf has said earlier on the day that the PCB has been "conveyed" a decision confirming the tour.

December 31, 2012
BCB president confirms that Bangladesh will not be touring in January, and will wait until the security situation improves in Pakistan. He says the BCB are ready to face the consequences, chiefly the boycott of Pakistan players from the BPL.

Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, expresses annoyance at the BCB's decision to put the tour of Pakistan on hold a second time. He says Pakistan will 'reconsider' their bilateral ties with Bangladesh.

January 1, 2013
BCB chief Nazmul Hassan says he is hopeful that cricketers from Pakistan will be made available for the Bangladesh Premier League.

January 6, 2013
BCB president Nazmul Hassan meets Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, during the third India-Pakistan ODI in Delhi in a bid to restore bilateral relations, but no firm commitment of a future tour is made during the meeting.

January 9, 2013
ICC vice-president AHM Mustafa Kamal denies any "unconditional commitment" from Bangladesh to tour Pakistan, contrary to what the current BCB president, Nazmul Hassan, had stated last month.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent