Bangladesh news January 7, 2013

No commitment yet on tour to Pak


BCB president Nazmul Hassan met 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 was made during the meeting. Last week, Bangladesh had pulled the plug on a proposed tour to Pakistan in the wake of the the security situation in Pakistan, about which the ICC has also expressed its concern.

"The BCB president assured Mr. Ashraf that he will have detailed discussion on the Pakistan tour with the board's ad hoc executive committee on his return to Bangladesh after attending the Asian Cricket Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur," Jalal Yunus, the BCB's media committee chairman, said. "The two boards also decided to work closely to find out an appropriate time to tour Pakistan."

"They also talked about participation of Pakistani players in the second edition of Bangladesh Premier League."

After the BCB voiced its reluctance to tour Pakistan, the PCB retaliated by questioning its players' availability in the BPL scheduled to begin on January 18. The domestic Quaid-e-Azam Trophy is also going to run during the same time but the BCB are confident that the Pakistan players will show up.

"When the request was made to send the Pakistani players to the BPL, the PCB president neither agreed nor denied so we have to wait and see," Yunus said.

Meanwhile, Dave Richardson, the ICC CEO, has said that the PCB has a lot to do to encourage teams to tour Pakistan. "It's premature to say whether it's still safe to tour Pakistan or not. They've got a difficult situation there. They still have a lot of work to do in convincing the international world that it is safe to go to Pakistan," he said.

In March when the BCB had first announced of its desire to tour Pakistan, the ICC had issued "special dispensation" for cases that required local match officials in a bilateral series if they can't send neutral officials.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Shipu on January 10, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    @AK47_pk:- You okay bro? any more stories you want to bring up? hope Cricket returns in Pakistan sooner or later :D

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 10, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @ dontlikecricket on (January 10 2013, 00:58 AM GMT) Brother your comments are really notable....You coudnt find a single player apart from Shakib who can play for other Test nations; that's really, how many of yours can be putted into other very good TEST playing nations like Aus, SA, Eng???? Only Ajmal i guess....then we are almost in the same sort of stage to talk about..... Shakib from Ban and Ajmal from Pak...So, whats the High Voice for????

  • A on January 10, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    Rafelgibt -- I dont recall any one from Pak claiming that their team is best in the world however from the start(even on first ever tour) of them playing cricket they have been winning tests and then one days on a regular basis. With regards to Pak playing is SA, offcourse SA will most likley to win the test and one day series as they are one of the best at this time. Pak has however won test and one days in SA as well as in Pak and on neutral grounds. I know you are very proud of your team which is commendable but BD should not be playing test cricket,Full Stop!!!

  • A on January 10, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Kricket_ I sympathised with your support for BD. However out of 75 test matches BD has only won 3 and drew 9 and LOST over 60 test matches!! If that is not shocking then I dont know what it is. Even teams like SL, PAK,IND when started playing cricket did not lost on that ridiculoulsy shocking number at the begining of their test status. The fact is not a single player (apart from Shakib) will make it into any other test playing nation. BD one day and T20 record is not good either. I know you are a loyal supporter of BD what figures and facts prove otherwise. BD test quality is not even on a first class level in countries like Aus, Eng, SA, Pak, SL etc.Sorry but that's true!!!!

  • Shoaib on January 10, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    No International team willing to tour Pakistan lol. Tells you the whole story :P

  • Smith on January 9, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @The_Ashes: Thanks for those links mate for one moment, I actually thought he was right but then again those articles says the opposite of what he was saying. But yeah most Bangladesh fans oppose this tour so I don't it will happen but hopefully Pakistan fans will get their wish one-day ;)

  • Jonny on January 9, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @AK47_pk: Stuart Law according to this article also left because of family reasons not what you claim that Bangladesh had no talent or whatever here's the link:

    So I don't understand why you had to lie when both these articles says otherwise. Its good that some people are worried on Bangladesh Cricket now thanks good effort though better luck next time :)

  • Jonny on January 9, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    @AK47_pk:- Any source? instead of lying Stuart Law left because he wanted to spend more time with his family and Bangladesh were almost went to Pakistan. Pybus had problems with the board not the team so nice try infact there was even an article on Cricinfo a while back on why he left. Future? trust me Bangladesh Cricket in future is far more interesting than the old Pakistan are they holding the World T20 Championship? Nope! :) - Here's the link on why Pybus left not that because Bangladesh had no talent. Anything else? :)

  • Naveed on January 9, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    Nooooo he left because he knew bangla have no talent. He saved his reputation by running away. He then advised pybus not to take job as he believes bangla will never b able to compete at top level.couple of tests in a year nd few odis shows wat rest of the world thinks of bangla cricket. Id have stop watchin if I was a bangla fan. There is nothin to.argue for u guys. No past glory no hope for the future nd fans keep gloating like they are world beate4s rofl

  • Muhammad Rakibul on January 9, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    @ AK47_pk: Dav Whatmore tried his best & BD managed to eliminate IND 4m group stage & also defeated SA in super 8 in 2007 WC. Also in his tenure BD defeated AUS, SL, IND earlier. Law wasn't disappointed as BD lost to PK only by 2 runs in Asia Cup final but defeated 2011 WC finalist IND & SL. Law ended his job bcoz BCB was planning to tour PK then. Pybus quieted as the wanted more vacation then BCB can afford. Yup, they might b disappointed but that's due to some weird attitudes of BCB, not due to Cricketers or people. In fact ex-BCB President Mr. Kamal's decision to tour Unsecured PK was also a ridiculous decision.

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