Bangladesh news January 12, 2013

Haven't backed out of Pak tour - Hassan


The Bangladesh Cricket Board will send a security team to Pakistan - second in two years - to show their commitment to tour the country after ICC vice-president AHM Mustafa Kamal had denied any "unconditional commitment" from Bangladesh to tour Pakistan three days ago. BCB president Nazmul Hassan has questioned Kamal's conflicting statement, and will ask the game's governing body for clarification on his comments.

"We think it is time to send a second security team," Hassan said. "A lot of time has passed from the last inspection [in March last year]. We will sit in the next few days with the government about forming the team.

"We haven't made any specific decisions about a tour date but we discussed our end of the problem with him [PCB president Zaka Ashraf]. We talked about a time slot, which will be between the end of March and the start of April."

Hassan met Ashraf in New Delhi during the third ODI between India and Pakistan where, according to the BCB chief, the talks were cordial and lacked any 'negative vibe'. "What I explained to him was the reason behind Bangladesh not travelling [to Pakistan] this time. He understood our problem, was reasonable and his hospitality was really good.

"What he said to [ESPNcricinfo] was not what he told me. I still believe that based on our cordial discussion, the Pakistani players will take part in BPL. I think it is a knee-jerk reaction, because what we discussed in Delhi didn't give me a negative vibe."

I don't say anything without confirming and without knowing, so what he said was completely wrong. I have all the proof.
Nazmul Hassan on Mustafa Kamal's statement

Regarding Kamal's comments about there being no commitment to tour Pakistan, Hassan reacted strongly, mentioning the exact dates of sending letters and the exact language. "I don't say anything without confirming and without knowing, so what he said was completely wrong. I have all the proof.

"On April 12 last year, a letter was sent from the BCB, [which mentioned that] we were going there to play, but that tour didn't happen due to a court ruling. The second letter was sent from here on October 8 where a timeline of December 12 to 20 was given for touring.

"Both these letters were sent during his [Kamal's] time. The directors told me they don't know anything about the letter. Our CEO made all the communications on behalf of the board. He told me that it was Kamal bhai who asked him to send the letters," he said.

Hassan showed the minutes of the April 15, 2012 ICC meeting to the media, the words on Bangladesh's tour highlighted in green. "We go back to April last year when we sent a letter on the 12th. On the April 15 ICC meeting, it was written in the minutes that Bangladesh will go to play in Pakistan, and they would have to go even if the ICC don't send match officials. We cannot cancel the tour, we have to go.

"I don't know if there can be any more difficult conditions for touring. I also saw that only Mustafa Kamal was present from Bangladesh in that meeting. If the minutes of the ICC meeting are challenged by the ICC, we would like to be clarified on this issue. We would also ask them why such a thing was written in the minutes when the vice-president himself is saying such a thing was not discussed," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Smith on January 15, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Pak_alldway: Less many? excluding IPL, compare SLPL figures with BPL :P

  • Shoaib on January 14, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    @Pak_alldway: "People living on mars"?? another bad joke I think you need to go out more mate :D

  • Liaquat on January 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    dear bangal firstly u r giving less money as compare to other leagues but still players are yet to receive their payments like last edition.funny people living on mars

  • Chris on January 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    @Pilot777 - Actually another main reason why Bangladesh got test status is that they are an Asian team with a large population and to fill the ranks so everyone especially those that hate Cricket (most of the world) won't laugh that Cricket has a few teams. Honestly both Ban and Zim are just there to fill in the numbers.

  • Mohammed on January 14, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Pakistan were instrumental in Bangladesh getting test status. Now they are using delaying tactics so that PCB will allow PAK players to participate in the the BPL. I am considering, like they did, filing a writ in our high court stopping our players from going due to security concerns especially in light of the West Indies coach being attacked by a Mob! International teams toured Sri Lanka non stop when that country was in the midst of very brutal civil war with attacks in Colombo being a daily occurance. Colombo airport was attacked with a number of aircraft destroyed. Yet no International team batted an eyelid on their way to tour Sri Lanka. This is typical of the ICC and the International teams in its double standards. PCB should hold firm and STOP PAK players from participating in the BPL!!

  • Hafiz on January 14, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Cricket lovers of Bangladesh don't know the location of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Queta or border of Afganistan, The news of electronic and print media describe problem has occurred in Pakistan. This is why the people from every part of the world become worried touring above mentioned country. If Pakistan's security condition improves not only Bangladesh the team bigger and stronger than Bangladesh will also agree to visit that country. So request to both party wait for suitable time when the tour can take place without any fear and BCB can come out from the dilemma.

  • Hafiz on January 14, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    No test playing nation want to visit Pakistan due to security measure. PCB invited BCB to play match in Pakistan, ethically BCB excepted the invitation. Cricket is a game, game is for entertainment. By taking whimsical decision nobody want to see a bloody entertainment or loose a single cricketer. We all know how much effort is needed to make a quality player. Before the tour take place we have to ensure hundred percent involvement of ICC. ICC officials should perform their responsibility willingly to stage the match. Last year Pakistani players played in BPL. Their participation made BPL attractive, players remuneration was also noticeable, highest paid player Shahid Afridi was from Pakistan. This is not a charitable tournament. The event is based on give and take policy. If this year Pakistani players don't participate both party will be effected. But BPL will not stop. BPL has born to go further. Cricket lovers of Bangladesh don't know the location of Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad,

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    I have read in one newspaper, where it is written that BCB have new conditions to fulfill apart from giving commitment to tour Pakistan. The new one is- players from Bangladesh have to play in PSL.:D. Two franchises will be affected most if Pak players don't play in BPL. I feel sorry for Bangladeshi players as they are being victimized here. Even Pak players are at loss to some extent. Even if it means to delay the opening of BPL for a week or more, so be it.

    At the first place, the proposal to agree to an unconditional commitment (which Mr. Kamal still denies, :D) should not have been given. If anybody agrees to such commitment without discussing it with players, that is another fault. Not keeping up with any commitment (in general ) is another fault. If BCB wants to send a team, just because they had a commitment under potential life threatening situation, that is another fault. Both boards are at faults here. If both boards think less about money, a solution can be reached.

  • Altamash on January 14, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Insted of pressurizing BCB, PCB needs do two things: first convince touring teams that the security is adequate and second I think it is about time PCB starts demanding the same level of security for Pakistani players as that being demanded by other teams. For instance in Bangladesh if an angry mob can get close enough to the transport of an international team and the ICC officials to throw stones, then clearly the security is not sufficient. It was stones the last time, it can be guns the next. BCB needs to guarantee security to Pakistan players before requesting their participation in the BPL.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 14, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    @FRRR on (January 13 2013, 15:55 PM GMT) you are very much right.....By the way that's only T20 results only......You forget to mention other facts that proves BAN no longer deserves to be in the international level: 1. They were the FINALIST of ASIA Cup beating INd and SL. 2. They win the ODI series against WI 3-2. 3. After 14 months break (Unintentionally) they took 2 test against WI into 5 days without any hassle though they lost. So, im fully agree with you that BAN must be banned from International level>>>

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