Bangladesh in Pakistan 2012 April 15, 2012

Bangladesh to tour Pakistan at month end

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International cricket is set to return to Pakistan after three years, with Bangladesh formally confirming to the PCB that they will play one ODI and one Twenty20 International there later this month. There has been no cricket between two Full Member nations in Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lanka team in March 2009.

The ODI is scheduled for April 29 and the T20I for April 30. Both matches will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

"The public of Pakistan have been deprived of cricket and we felt that we needed to support them," BCB president Mustafa Kamal said. "The reception we received when we toured Lahore and Karachi on our security visit was overwhelming."

Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, thanked the BCB and the Bangladesh government for their support for the tour.

The ICC, though, was more guarded in its response, saying it had asked the the PCB for a security plan, following which its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit would commission a localised risk assessment to determine the safety of its officials and staff; only after that would it decide on deploying its officials.

Last month, the ICC had introduced a "special dispensation" to be made only in "exceptional circumstances" in order to ensure that bilateral series take place even if the ruling body has determined it "unsafe" to appoint its officials for such series. This would allow such series to be manned by "non-neutral match officials", a departure from the ICC's Standard Playing Conditions, pending permission from its executive board.

Bangladesh was due for a full tour of Pakistan in 2012 under the ICC's Future Tours Programme. The PCB also said the remaining matches of the tour will be played at dates mutually agreed between the two Boards at venues including Bangladesh.

There had been several itineraries proposed for the tour, including a three-match ODI series and a series of two ODIs and one Twenty20 international. Karachi and Rawalpindi were the other possible venues but ESPNcricinfo understands they were dropped on security grounds.

Sunday's announcement follows lengthy negotiations between the two boards over the terms of the tour, and at times it looked as though the tour would be a non-starter. A nine-member delegation, headed by Kamal and including security officials from that country, visited Pakistan in March for a demonstration of the security plan for the proposed series. The plan was well received, it is believed, but confirmation of the series was delayed. One reason, according to the BCB, was that it was waiting for a government advisory; another possible reason was the ICC's special dispensation plan, which possibly implied that the venue was not safe for neutral officials.

Jalal Yunus, the BCB's media committee chairman, said Kamal had taken charge of the matter and handled it personally. "We haven't talked about it since Zaka Ashraf came and discussed the matter officially, so it has been 2-3 months," he said. "The BCB president must have known the government stance and that's why he has confirmed. He has handled it personally from the beginning."

The tour will come a little more than three years after masked terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka team bus and a van carrying ICC officials to Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, on what would have been the third day of the second Test of that tour. Six Sri Lankan cricketers were injured in the attack, and six security personnel and two civilians were killed.

Since then, Pakistan have hosted "home series" in UAE and other neutral venues. They played New Zealand in New Zealand (2009-10), England and Australia in England (2010). UAE has been their favoured home base, having hosted South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.

The announcement of a resumption of international cricket in Pakistan is a fitting reward for both the spirited performance of the national team in the recent past and also to the patience and passion of the country's cricket fans. It is often said, rightly so, that international cricket needs a strong Pakistan, and while this is often in the context of its on-field prowess, it is also about the state of cricket in that country. Sunday's news will redress to some extent that situation, even if it is only two matches in the shorter formats.

Heartening though the news is, it must be hoped that the decision has been taken by both sides with security and the safety of all concerned - players, officials, spectators - as the top priority. Sport is a proven healer in troubled times but at no time can it be pursued at the cost of basic safety. It can be said that two matches in two days is too short a time to judge a nation's preparedness to host full-fledged international cricket but, by staging the matches at location, it is perhaps sufficient to test the waters. It is also hoped the ICC will lend its support, though it may say that it does not have any official role to play in the staging of a series. If Pakistan is to get back on track and re-join the cricket family, it needs every other member of that family to extend its hand - as the youngest, Bangladesh, has done.
Jayaditya Gupta

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on April 18, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    it must have been a full tour i guess one 20/20 and one ODI ?? it will bring international cricket i dont think so !!!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 17, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @ Jackisback: When did u heard that no team wanted to visit BD in 90s due to security reason? BD hosted Asia Cup in 87 & 3 Asian Giants (IND, PK, SL) visited there. They hosted Tri nation Independence Cup where BD, IND, PK participated. BD also hosted Inaugural Edition of ICC Champions Trophy in 98 where all elites visited BD. BD was not unsecured in 90s, rather in early 70s due to War. So ur claim seems incomplete. Plz cite a reliable source.

  • on April 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @jackisbak: Where did you get this information?

  • Bodyline_1933 on April 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Good luck with the tour. Stay safe! As an Indian I only wish the best for these two teams.

  • FRRR on April 17, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Time to beat Bangla boys again and teach them one or two lessons in cricket.

  • on April 17, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    very very warm welcome to bangali tigers...we also invite other teams to visit pakistan...there is no threats from anywhere now...feel safe and enjoy the cricket..

  • on April 17, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    As a true Afghan, i am happy to see international cricket in our neighbor brother country Pakistan. Afghan nation want peace every where in any field. Enjoy Pak Nation after 37 months.

  • Hamdard4all on April 17, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    These will be very close Matches, Pakistan can win if Afridi will be the Captian

  • sadakbd on April 16, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    i also want to sea bd is playing to pakistan coz i am not against them but i also concern about security coz sakib,tamim & others our heart

  • Raja.Khurram on April 16, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Well, I am a Pakistani, and to be perfectly honest, things are a bit tricky these days: The problem is, we are in the process of making the super-sensitive decision on NATO supplies, and its very hard to keep talibans, coalition and public happy at the same time. The issue is really sensitive and the extremists can try any measure to put pressure on the govt. IMHO, at this stage, we might wanna wait for a few more months for international cricket in Pk before the dust of the decision is settled.

  • on April 18, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    it must have been a full tour i guess one 20/20 and one ODI ?? it will bring international cricket i dont think so !!!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 17, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @ Jackisback: When did u heard that no team wanted to visit BD in 90s due to security reason? BD hosted Asia Cup in 87 & 3 Asian Giants (IND, PK, SL) visited there. They hosted Tri nation Independence Cup where BD, IND, PK participated. BD also hosted Inaugural Edition of ICC Champions Trophy in 98 where all elites visited BD. BD was not unsecured in 90s, rather in early 70s due to War. So ur claim seems incomplete. Plz cite a reliable source.

  • on April 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    @jackisbak: Where did you get this information?

  • Bodyline_1933 on April 17, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Good luck with the tour. Stay safe! As an Indian I only wish the best for these two teams.

  • FRRR on April 17, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    Time to beat Bangla boys again and teach them one or two lessons in cricket.

  • on April 17, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    very very warm welcome to bangali tigers...we also invite other teams to visit pakistan...there is no threats from anywhere now...feel safe and enjoy the cricket..

  • on April 17, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    As a true Afghan, i am happy to see international cricket in our neighbor brother country Pakistan. Afghan nation want peace every where in any field. Enjoy Pak Nation after 37 months.

  • Hamdard4all on April 17, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    These will be very close Matches, Pakistan can win if Afridi will be the Captian

  • sadakbd on April 16, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    i also want to sea bd is playing to pakistan coz i am not against them but i also concern about security coz sakib,tamim & others our heart

  • Raja.Khurram on April 16, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Well, I am a Pakistani, and to be perfectly honest, things are a bit tricky these days: The problem is, we are in the process of making the super-sensitive decision on NATO supplies, and its very hard to keep talibans, coalition and public happy at the same time. The issue is really sensitive and the extremists can try any measure to put pressure on the govt. IMHO, at this stage, we might wanna wait for a few more months for international cricket in Pk before the dust of the decision is settled.

  • Lord_Dravid on April 16, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    i dont understand all the hype with pak fans and co because this is really funny..just because bangladesh is touring pakistan are we all suppose to believe its safe to tour there? besides bangladesh wont be a target anyway and with one ODI and one T20 match it proves nothing of the security situation there.. Eng, Aus, SA, Ind and co wont be touring there in the near future thats for sure.

  • on April 16, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    as a pakistani..its great to see cricket back in our country,and i agree with the one person below who said that western would still be reluctant to come to pakistan ...so in a way this series is just a stepping stone,...i was reading comments of some bangla fans and was really dissappointed to see their disagreement over their team's tour to pakistan....really disheartening to hear if its the real situation on ground in bangladesh

  • on April 16, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Let's pray that the tour will be safe

  • on April 16, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    I will be waiting for you Bangladesh cricket team in the stadium

  • on April 16, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Jackisback, where are you finding that in 90s no team wanted to visit Bangladesh. We had champions trophy in late 90s (probably 98) consisting all test teams, we had three nations involving test team Zimbabwe. There were couple of SAARC cup which included A teams of India-Pakistan-Shrilanka. There were couple tours by zimbabwe also in the same decade. Please cite sources.

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    Test Team 1. Hafeez 2. Azhar Ali 3. Umar Akmal 4. Younis 5. Misbah (C) 6. Asad Shafiq 7. Sarfraz (WK) 8. Wahab 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid Reserve Opener: Taufeeq Umar Reserve Middle Order Batsman: Fawad Alam Reserve Spinner: Abdur Rehman Reserve Fast Bowler: Mohammad Talha Reserve Wicket Keeper: Adnan Akmal ODI Team 1. Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Umar Akmal 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Fawad Alam 6. Hammad Azam 7. Afridi (C) 8. Sarfraz (WK) 9. Wahab 10. Gul 11. Ajmal Reserve Opener: Nasir Jamsheed Reserve Middle Order Batsman: Asad Shafiq Reserve Fast Bowler: Junaid Khan Reserve Spinner: Raza Hasan

    T20 Team 1. Hafeez 2. Ahmed Shehzad 3. Umar Akmal (WK) 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Fawad Alam 6. Hammad Azam 7. Afridi (C) 8. Wahab 9. Gul 10. Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan Reserve Opener: Nasir Jamsheed Reserve Middle Order Batsman: Asad Shafiq Reserve Fast Bowler: Junaid Khan Reserve Spinner: Raza Hasan

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    ready to buy tickets .... Cricket We Love You :P

  • on April 16, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Good sign for Pakistan cricket

  • nzcricket174 on April 16, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Way too early.............

  • jackisbak on April 16, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    The Bangladeshi's who are actually complaining about the tour...I would like you to remind of the time during 90's when no nation wanted to tour Bangladesh due to security reasons, and it was PAKISTAN which actually never said no to you. It was Pakistan which forwarded your case and supported your team for obtaining Text Cricketing nation Status. Never forget your past...just an advice. The cricketing world needs a Strong & Secure Pakistan. Let's pray this tour is goes well. Peace to all.

  • Shuraim on April 16, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Nothing has changed in pakstan over that period so I cant understand why bd are going there. Moreover, it should not just be about security sutuation in pakistan but the said country's cricket body should also be punished for the negligence in previous ocassion lets say for a period of atleast 3 more yesrs.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on April 16, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    someone said Pakistan won against India...funny to see such comments...do not blame others for your impotency....and btw, in that case, Pakistan lost to India for the last 3 years??? ridiculous!

  • sabee66 on April 16, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    I love International cricket back in Pakistan as a Pakistani, but this is not the right time, does this tour mean anythign for UK, AUS, NZ,SA, or even India.........NO so why bothering too much and tryign to get the trouble for ourselve, if GOD FORBID somethign happend Then............, see you later cricket in Pakistan forever They should focus on their political, and other factors and work it out on those issues, BD tours means nothing....who will sponser and watch them its invain, Good stance by BD thanks But NO THANKS

  • on April 16, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    This is not good in recent times. If any thing happens then we will lose the cricket for ever here.

  • Third_Gear on April 16, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Bangladesh Coach Stuart Law has already informed BCB that he wants to resign bcoz he wont be able to go to Pakistan. Now, do ZAKA ASHRAF anything to say ??? Why the BD team need to tour Pakistan by breaking loosing our good coaching staff?? This is absurd.

  • on April 16, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    Welcome news! Why short tour? They should have played 2 Tests also. One T20 and One 50-50 is not enough. When hosting nation is promising you full security then go for a full tour, full marks to BCB for sending a team to Pakistan. Cricket Lovers in Pakistan are deprived to see home matches. Hope this series goes on well and more teams ready to play in Pakistan.

  • Hafeez_Malik on April 16, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    I will go to Gaddafi Stadium to watch both the matches. PCB, please, anounce the sale of tickets. We are eager to buy them. It will be fun.

  • on April 16, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    THIS IS A VERY VERY GOOD SIGN FOR PAKISTAN CRICKET,, AND LAUNCHING PPL WILL BOOST IT MORE.. KEEP IT UP.. WE WANT IMRAN NAZIR TO BE BACK...

  • huzaifa52 on April 16, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    We hope that other teams also make their tour to pakistan like australia whos last tour was in 1998 and india who supposed to visit pakistan by their agreements. Thanx to zaka ashraf also for his fabulous effort to bring back international teams in the soil of pakistan.

  • ZulfiqarKSA on April 16, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    Other boards should take the initiative too; Pakistan is a exciting cricket nation…World can't keep their people away from cricket….With all troubles around in their lives; cricket can bring some consolation and fun…So It is a good decision from BCB…There is no risk…Players are coming to Pakistan to play many other games and the go back happily….Lets all help PCB to prove

  • RasCric on April 16, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @Lord_dravid, the way indian team is playing test cricket, in a year time, BD will be only team willing to play with them.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 16, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    @ SuperPlayer2010: Well , these Special forces couldn't save Benajir. Then how can they save Cricketers & Last But Not the Least Cricket Loving Spectators? Providing Security of a Cricket team may b easy but it's not true about 30000+ fans in Stadium or outside Stadium when they will b heading towards it to view the game.

  • sherishahmir on April 16, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Thanks BCB for their extended generosity and support, hoping the other neighbors will also play their part for the full resumption of international cricket in Pakistan.

  • Ramesh_Joseph on April 16, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Two days of International cricket under tight security is not going to prove anything about the security situation in Pakistan. Only a full tour will give a correct indication of that.

  • on April 16, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    Pakistan is a very talented team..i feel they r a bit deprived inspite of having bundle of talents..Happy to see our team is going there to revive the international cricket again..hope tht Bangladesh will fight hard in the field..

  • mihir_nam on April 16, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Pakistan Please host Tri Series Invite Afghanistan or Ireland both are Top Associates and looking for more Exposure. Pakistan will have 2 International Teams visiting then. Even Matches like Bangladesh Vs Ireland/Afghanistan will be good games to watch. OR keeping in mind t20 WC keep T20 Tri Series

  • on April 16, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    I don't want any BD to play in pakistan or any other country, right now. Just incase if something happens even if is natural. There is a chance we might lose it for ever

  • Dashgar on April 16, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    I just hope that they have another tour to play some test matches.

  • on April 16, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Cheers Bangladesh and you are the best.

  • on April 16, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Bangladesh would have played more matches if India had not thrown obstacles. Indian role is dubious. India is scared of Pakistan Cricket talent.

  • on April 16, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    WELCUM BANGLADESH AND WE RHNK U FROM CORE OF OUR HEARTS BUT 1 ODI AND ONE T20 ARE TOO LESS WE WANT A BIT MORE FOR ENJOYMENT

  • on April 16, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    No doubt, it would be great for Bangladesh to play Pakistan - as it would give the team the needed exposure to more international cricket, which would also serve as a gesture to sustain and improve good bilateral relation between the neighbors . However, should it be held in Pakistan, where the current security situation is reflected in the international news of any nation? Should the game be planned hastily (two weeks from now: with virtually no preparation time for both the host and the guest)? Should Bangladesh take the risk of losing it's players to serve one man's personal interest?

  • woodhaven on April 16, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    get ready for a massive funeral and good news is: mostofa kamal will ve ICC vice president. this guy can even sell his mother for his VP post, poor cricket fan of bangladesh

  • on April 16, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    BCB will be very sorry like SL did few years back.

  • Sayedgee on April 16, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    WILL NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Bigger teams England, Australia, S.A are years away from touring Pakistan, and so is India and S.L. Meanwhile only Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Kenya may consider touring. Hardly any good news for Pak fans.

  • pak78 on April 15, 2012, 23:05 GMT

    exellent news 4 pakistan cricket and fans finally they will see international cricket being played on there home soil and to see there stars play in front of them .

  • billbowden311 on April 15, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Its good to see Bangladesh coming, remember they need all the cricket they can get and why go to india (weak bowling attack), when you can come to Pakista, who have suddenly changed their game completely with the bat! But its fair to say India is also a good team, in my eyes they are both equal.

  • on April 15, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    thanx bcb i hope this series safely..........

  • JustIPL on April 15, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    Wonderful decision by Bangladesh. They have to lift their game as much as possible. They did well at home in Asia cup to beat world cup finalists and giving tough time to Asian Champions. Now they will also be playing India year end and should ensure plaing sri lanka and afghanistan as well. It will definitely boost their performance.

  • Lord_Dravid on April 15, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    bangladesh will be the only team that tours pak..

  • on April 15, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    good to see some cricket back in Pakistan. Thanks to BCB i hope it will boost up the moral of other nationalities to visits Pakistan InshaAllah

  • on April 15, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    why everyone is so worried for 2 days tour for BD..i think this is the shortest tour of any team in history of Cricket..so everyone shud chill n enjoy..thr shud be more one dayers...good tht PAK crowds will enjoy it..gud luck to BD tigers..

  • on April 15, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    shakib announced he will not go to pakistan.. :D

  • on April 15, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    It is great decision by BCB and good for Pakistan. Thanks Bangladesh..

  • on April 15, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Thanks Bangladesh.... we will forever be indebted to you.

  • on April 15, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    I hope , more and more people will come to see matches against B Desh in Qazzafi stadium to prove that pakistanies love this game and miss this game in pakistanies grounds to much......

  • on April 15, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    now i can talk bangladesh such an original tigers

  • ammarhassan on April 15, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Way to go .. Inshallah series will be completed safely ..

  • on April 15, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Good decision from BD chief

  • on April 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    this is a great decision by bangladesh government

  • on April 15, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    SaKib anD TaMiM aRe Going tO miSs iPl...

  • Farrukh.91. on April 15, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Ican guarantee a full house, Insha Allah it wii be!

  • Kundian on April 15, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    ***** Welcome Bangladesh *****

  • on April 15, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    Boy, this is going to be one long tour. Can the Bangladeshi players stay away from their families this long? It is going to be difficult for them.

  • fr600 on April 15, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    I believe this is not the end of the drama. Stay tuned, more to come...

  • on April 15, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Great see that its back in pakistan

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Lahore welcomes Bangladesh !

  • kamran360 on April 15, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    This is a great decisionby Bnagladesh Pakistan is now safe specially karachi n lahore n those who r saying of some jail break its happen in Kpk province near Afghanistan nothing to worry in karachi n lahore its safe n secure..

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Sadly most people whose saying bad things abt pakistan r people who dont know anythin abt pakistan and r jus jealous i can even name the countries from where they belong too but than my comment wont be published ere .... situation where the matches is to be played is 100% safe with adequate security which bangladesh team will defo be provided with ...and i think Kamal choose the right choice as its only bangladesh to benefit more from these Matches

  • SuperPlayer2010 on April 15, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @ M Rakibul Hasan, Pakistan are providing there trained special commandos and let this thing in your mind that the Special forces of PAKISTAN are one of the most trained forces in the world. And After all, the team which came to PAK was completely satisfied by the security measures then why you guys are making noise ?

  • AnjanDave on April 15, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    All I can see is M. Kamal's love of a certain chair seems to be more important than the national cricketers. Ideal situation for me would be BD team comes home safely if ever this series happens AND if someone is trying to fulfill his personal desire out of this, his wish does not come true.

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on April 15, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    @ocean565...well by saying the last part of your comment you have disgraced no one but yourself. I just want you to recall the efforts that Pakistan had put in place for ODI and Test status of the Bangladesh. Had it not happened BD might not be playing the international cricket today.This is international arena. You help someone, you expect them to help you when you are in your difficult times. Today Bangladesh is helping Pakistan tomorrow, if required, Pakistan will help Bangladesh again. Remember time does not remain the same. This is for the fans of every country. Instead of blaming PCB, BCB and ICC lets everyone hope and pray that this tour goes without any problem. Pakistani spectators have the burning desirel to see the international stars in action on their soil just like the indian and bangladeshi supporters.

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Riots will break down in the streets of Dhaka in protest to cancel this tour.We dont wanna lose our cricketers

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 15, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Most of BD fans r opposing this tour. Even some PAKISTANI fans r saying that they think PAKISTAN is not ready for international cricket (read following comments). To all cricket FANS: A country where Militants r breaking jail & freeing 400 criminals 4m jail (last Week) is ,at least, not safe! I feel the passion for cricket of Pakistani Cricket Lovers. But security is an issue that is important for Players, Officials & Viewers too. If Terrorists Targets this tour, who will b the most sufferer? If I recall it 4m 2009, No LANKAN cricketer died (but injured), rather Security Personnel & Mass People died. PK GOVT said they r concerned about security of 15 Players of BD, Few Coaching Staffs & 2/3 ICC officials(if ICC send). But what about SECURITY of VIEWERS in Stadium? I don't think Lahore Police can ensure safety of 30000 fans. So both BCB & PCB should reconsider the decision.

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi cricket fan, I would say that its a very good move from BCB. Bangladesh shouldn't involve world "Dirty Cricket" politcs that trying to issolate Pakistani Cricket. Bangladesh should go ahead with this tour......and show the world that Bangladeshi doesn't like "Dirty Politics". Good Luck Tigers.

  • on April 15, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    BCB has requested ICC to provide match officials for this sires. Pakistan has been asked by ICC to report the security status. If ICC allow and provide necessary match officials for this series, Bangladesh will feel more safe. Pakistan should keep in mind that they should give presidential security to BD team. If anything happen, Pakistan will not get any 2nd chanch near future.

  • Saif_I_Khan on April 15, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    What I can sense from Bangla newspaper readers reaction, that mass people is very concerned about this tour. They want players to be given freedom to choose whether they want to go or not. Earlier Mushfiqur Rahim said.. he wouldn't want to loose any chance of Int'l Cricket.... so I guess BD team will be there but may not be with their full strength.

  • Saif_I_Khan on April 15, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Look at BCB's Jalal Yunus's comment. It is not a decision of BCB it seems. It's all Kamal for his own interest.

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    John_the_equilibrium_Nash well FYI that happened in KP not in punjab where matchs are gonna be played and that city is near afghan border its bound to happen because their police are poorly equip and in Punjab security situation is much much better MASHAHALLAH

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    well for those who say that pakistan security situation is not good well i advice them to visit pakistan because pakistan is not Afghanistan and there is no danger to BD cricketers visiting to play because security situation is improved in cities and thats where players gonna play the cricket

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Was this tour really necessary? Are we afraid by the treat of PCB that they won't sent Pakistani players to next year's BPL?

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Dear Pakistani brothers, Don't forget the support by BCB to Ahsan Mani. so vote in favour to BCB can't be reward by touring Pakistan at this moment. If you have enough ability make the tour for other 'big' team. then we will go without hesitation. so my request BCB should think it again. because we love our tigers very much.

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    I am not sure, BD government will be able to keep this commitment. From today BD peoples will rise against this tour though we want to see international cricket in pakistan soil. Let us see what happen in bangladesh in next couple of week.

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    Bangladesh Board should PAY HEAD TO THEIR INTERIOR MINISTRY's report. Peace must return to Pakistan before cricket does, as Saad Shafqaat wrote. This is NOT A CONDUSIVE environment in Pakistan for cricket, specially not under inept government, worst than any other government in our country's history. This is the SAME government which was in-charge when Sri Lankan team was attacked. Rehman Malik, has NOT changed, neither has security infrastructure improved, in fact it has deteriorated, if anything. I'm from Rawalpindi, supposedly the safest place, but I know the internal state of affairs. PLEASE DONT VISIT Pakistan as yet. Wait for some saner people to control governmental matters. BCB OPEN YOUR EYES!

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    I need to find tickets!!!we need to fill the stadium up thank you Bengal Tigers

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    I really wana say a lot here but that will rise many more questions, all I can say Pakistan won and India lost in this match :))) Thanks to Bdesh

  • on April 15, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    if bangladesh cant go to pakistan for playing so AFGHANISTAN is ready ... hope to see a traingular series between afghanistan,,pakistan,,,and bangladesh in pakistan

  • John_the_equilibrium_Nash on April 15, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    With all due respect to Pakistani fans' emotions, I mus say it is a VERY bad decision from Lota Kamal. For his personal gains, he is putting our boys into danger. Pakistan had a terrorist attack even today!! If they can't give security to their own Jails, how can they give security to players? This definitely is not the time for touring Pakistan.

  • orange_431 on April 15, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Thank you peoples and government Bangladesh by standing with Pakistan in crutial time of our sporting history. Bangladesh Zindabad Pakistan Zindabad

  • Tareq.M on April 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @xuaned, you can not state that "we, the mass people of Bangladesh" and you do not have the right to do so. I'm a Bangladeshi and I support this decision, because BCB representatives visited Pakistan and were satisfied with the security measures offered by Pakistan. I'm concerned about the players' individual decisions though, by that I mean if an individual player thinks that he does not feel safe to be in the visiting team, he should have the right not to be in the visiting team. By the way, recently a university team from England visited Pakistan and played a few matches.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    A Great decision by B'desh to tour pak..... do'nt know about the series result but cricket has already won today....

  • chotaynawab on April 15, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    Well this is just the beginning..Diplomacy worked.. Really want to see India Vs Pakistan..that would be a better and a greater series than Aussies..

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Its gonna be an occasion of ultimate joy for all the pakistani fans who were waiting impatiently to watch cricket played on Pakistan grounds.................waiting for the Gaddafii Stadium to get enlightened with the international action again........ Thanks to Zaka Ashraf's Determination and to the corporation of the BCB!!!!!!!!!

  • eZoha on April 15, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Win-Win situation here. Very good decision by Bangladesh. They are not getting many international ODIs or Tests with top teams in the next couple of years anyway. But this gesture will pave the way to full fledged tours between Bangladesh & Pakistan. And that can only help Bangladesh cricket.

  • Crikoot on April 15, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    Good stuff. Let good heart and good spirit prevail in cricketing world.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    I personally sympathize with pak cricket lovers. They are hungry to have some cricket at home. Watching the greats like Imran Khan , Wasim Akram play.. was a treat to me. I do remember.. all the subcontinent countries supported when BD applied for the test status. Having said that, security of our players are a completely different issue.

    We are talking about existence of Taliban militants who are capable of attacking a guarded jail. Hundreds of prisoners are free now! Supporting Mr. kamal for an ICC position doesn't mean that we should put our cricketers' life at such a huge risk! Even though the jail is probably near to the border of Afganistan, the militants group have already made a strong statement. Even the Srilankan team was not traveling without security. BCB should not compromise with the players' lives. We love our cricketers as much as other nations love theirs.

    Cricket can wait until the playing condition returns in Pakistan.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on April 15, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    excuse xunaed! How come you say mass bangladeshis are against this tour?? WE mass bangladeshis are hoping this tour continues! We got boulz of steel and we are tiger and we gonna play!!!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    we just can not say its just happening yet.!!!??we have to look the player´s attitude ??maybe they wont go they will make them unavalable" who knows wads gonna happen" and its up to govemen as well" so we just can still wait and see.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    i am from karachi...a very wise decision for not playing in karachi...too risky in presence of different gangs over here...

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Great news, what ever the cause but ummah will unite. PCB and Pak govt. will have to be very carefull of outsourced attacks and jealous cricketing nations. Waiting for some exciting test matches as memorable Multan test.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Masha ALLAH, Really Good Work by Chairman PCB Mr. Zaka Ashraf, Very Weldon And May ALLAH Bless PAKISTAN... And Mujay Afsoos Hai Bangalion Pe K Wo Had Se Zyada Matlab Parast Hain, Aik Muslim Country Jo Defense And Security, Area, Population And Har Cheez Main Un Se Powerful Aur ISLAM Ka Qilla Hai ,Bangladesh Hamesha Us PAKISTAN Ki Madad Karnay Ki Bijaye Un k Khilaf Gya Hai Har Cheez Main...

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    WELCOME BANGLADESH.............THANX V MUCH 4 CMNG.....TO OUR COUNTRY M SURE AFTER UR TEAM OTHER TEAMS WILL ALSO DO THE SAME THING LIKE U HAVE DONE PAKISTAN IS A SAFE COUNTRY.....4 CRICKET.....

  • usho on April 15, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Pakistani nation will hearty welcome their Bangladeshi brothers. And hope other nation will also try to help positive sport in Pakistan specially India , England and Australia

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    wise desicion for both the countries.but pakistan should highlight the security condition

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    I think that was the wise thing to do and will help Pakistan with their plans and goals. A One-Day match and T20 between the countries will mean something for example in the one off One-Day match, Bangladesh can take revenge for the defeat they suffered in the Asia Cup Final against Pakistan and the one off T20 game can be used as a warm-up for their T20 clash in the group stages of the World T20 Championship in September where they are drawn together in the same group along with New Zealand. The good thing about this is that relations did not break and looks like Bangladesh will continue to use Pakistani players at next years BPL.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Nouman Shehzad @ We dont need your people's Suppot.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    i think this is too early to go pakistan .we like to support pakistan we like also pakistani people and we like to go thiere but this tour can be happen later in this year \ all the best 4 bangladesh

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Im bit concerned. This Zardari govt. cannot guarantee anything. BD decision is most welcomed but us Pakistanis know that the law and order is beyond the control of our govt. It wouldve been better if cricket only returns when its 100% safe.

  • Jarr30 on April 15, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    I can only salute Mustafa Kamal decision to tour Pakistan. Just to get his post for presidency of ICC, he DONATED Pakistan with just one day and one 20/20 game. This left over donation will not help Pakistan unless it's a full tour. Kamal KILLED TWO BIRDS IN ONE SHOT.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I should really hate this decision.Bomb fall almost everyday in Pakistan.How Bangladeshi govt can take this decision?Its totally rubbish.

  • on April 15, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    this tour is not safe totally... please stop this tour... we are not agreed to send our tigers to pakistan...

  • Baryar on April 15, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    such a wonderful news to hear, I am very happy to see that finally the drought of three year will come an end....!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    As an English fan, I will like to see ALL host countries to play at their own countries. Lets hope the tour went very smoothly. Fingers crossed. Cricket comes first before politics, right??

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    is ICC now blind? pakistan is not ready to set this tour... there r so many risks. the whole country will say against the decision. we love the cricket & our players also.. we don't want to send them in these place where there is no security. our selfish cricket board chaiman mostofa kamal is trying to sit in the chair of next VP of ICC. it's a bad decision. we, all the people of Bangladesh against the decision.

  • sfjamal on April 15, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    I see Bangla people are must that BCB did it for their own gain; but you need to realize how important this for PAK cricket. PCB is been with BCB from day one uptil now. Helping in every-way possbile; now PCB needs BCB help, peopl of Bangla are getting pissed. Not fair. Its a symbiotic relationship....

  • Masud_BITK on April 15, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    @xunaed:Who said Mass population are against of this tour? Are you from Bangladesh? It is hard to believe it. We are damn wanting this tour and going ahead finally. Good for Bangladesh, Best for Pakistan. This is is feedback what Pakistan have given us so far. Well decision by BD GOVT.

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Wonder why Bangladesh wish to tour pak. pak is still nt the safest place. God save Tigers

  • vak1997 on April 15, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    just for 2 matches!! sounds ridiculous just like the one-off T20I between SA and IND in the last week of march...

  • krquet on April 15, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I'm a Bangladeshi and I welcome this decision. Sports is supposed to be transcendental and let us allow it in its noble course. Terrorism is deplorable, goes without saying really; sadly though, no land today can claim 100% lunatic free. Anyone who takes up arms against a visiting sports team are nothing but lowly cowards; regardless of their intended cause. I refuse to believe that they have support from any rational group of people, let alone majority. Yet, it's the majority of Pakistani cricket lovers that has found itself victimised the most. When visiting Pakistan, we should exercise caution, but we shouldn't allow these heinous saboteurs to keep us and the sports hostage. If we do, then the terrorist have won. Clichéic, but true. Let us all pray for a safe and joyous tournament and many more to follow. Here's to sports in its noblest form. Let's play!

  • PhaniBhaskar24 on April 15, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Bangla, why are u doing this. Pls talk to srilankan players before u visit there. Play in a neutral venue & fight it out. I feel sorry for Pakistani cricketers who have done soo much to cricket for writing like this

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I think this is wrong decision. Mostafa Kamal has to answer for anything happens to our crickets. Pakistan is not safe at all and kamal is giving this favour to PCB just get their vote for ICC president post. I think player should have given the choices whether they want to get there or not. If anyone ask me personally I would say no cause life first then cricket

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi I support Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan, because the kind of problems Pakistan is facing are not just security but also political isolation orchestrated by India in many fronts (look at IPL). None of the South Asian countries are secure enough if there is a determined group to execute an attack. But I believe with a determined security team the players can be secured. India is facing insurgencies every day. Bangladesh also has had some in recent years. Sri Lanka just got out of a war. I really care for my country's players and their security, but I think this is not just that. We should keep politics out of cricket.

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on April 15, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Don't worry about security. Being a double-hard Pakistani, I will gladly volunteer to protect the Bangladesh players. I'll bring my own AK74. So no worries yeah.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on April 15, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan cricket and for world cricket if the tour is a success, which I hope it is. I still think it will be a while before we see international teams from the west touring Pakistan, but good luck on the tour to all concerned

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    What would happen if 'some' attack our players and keep them in hide to make demand for the release of the criminals of war on 1971? Serious issue, all should think about this.

  • Rohon420 on April 15, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Good decision...Atleast our players won't be put into bench all the tym lyk in this IPL..We played competitive cricket this Asia Cup.I believe we'll also play good cricket in Pakistan.We've nothing to lose...If we still lose,we'll learn a lot of things..S3riously,security is nt the factor...Look at the positives...Playing well against good sides is alwayz an achievement...Go Tigerz!!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    This is very good news for Pakistan as well as the world cricket. But one thing Pakistan should remember, this is their last chance. They have to give everything to make this series successful. If they can, other teams will also get the confidence to go there otherwise international cricket will be stopped forever in this country. Lets hope for the best.

  • Baundele on April 15, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Last time Ehsan Mani from Pakistan was selected as the nominee for the ICC post from Bangladesh-Pakistan; now it should be automatically from Bangladesh. Mostafa Kamal did not have to risk the players for his own cause. BCB should have waited till the clearance from the ICC on the security situation. As a Bangladeshi, I am ashamed of having such a BCB president.

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Bangladesh is visiting Pakistan at last!!! Pakistan should give the security top most priority not only for players but also for spectators also. It would b good to have 3 match ODI series. anyway good luck to Pakistani fans. Our team is coming to support u. Hope BD will put up a great show.

  • frozendilemma on April 15, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I hope this wont prove too costly for the Bangladeshi players...Pakistan is not safe even for Pakistanis living there let alone foreigners coming there and risking their lives...Just because Pakistan is starved of Cricket doesn't mean players should risk their well-being to make them happy and even if the matches do go safely two matches cant be enough to judge the atmosphere there...Hope it wont prove premature on BCB`s part coz PCB is just after the money...

  • on April 15, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    what the hell....we don't want to play in pakistani ground still it's a danger zone .....we don't want our player to get in trouble..pakistani gov't can't ensure their own security how they can provide security for us!!!!! stay out of this bd boys...we love u guys and care 4 u

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 15, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Congrates to everyone... cricket wins.. i hope theses matches are supervised by technology beater umpiring champ Sir Aleem Dar.. i would love to see him umpiring on home grounds... com'on lahorians make this event rock.. it should be jam packed.. full of colours x

  • Third_Gear on April 15, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi I also want cricket to return in Pakistan and its our moral duty to help them on. Besides praying to Allah "Save our young boys from any terrorist attacks" we are affraid but happy from the news. GOOD LUCK pakistan prove your depth of security in front of the whole world.

  • Afridipak on April 15, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Great news !!!!!!!!! Congrats to all the pakistanis!!!

  • umairasgharbutt on April 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    thank you Bangladesh !!!!!

  • Khairul101 on April 15, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    @BCB Thanks to make decision to go to Pakistan. Wish for B'Desh. I hope always that B'Desh will go Pakistan for play an enjoyable cricket. Wish for B'Desh Cricket.

  • ArifRahman_BD on April 15, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I dont think the masses of Bangladesh is against this decision. BD Football team visited Pakistan last year and is scheduled to visit again in the next few months. So if Footballers can visit pakistan, then why not cricketers?

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    inshallah this tour wil be very successful for pakistan............. pakistan is now a safe country for cricket...

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    Lol so the PPL bluff really spooked them. This is a lesson for BCB. Don't count your chickens before they've hatched. If it weren't for Mustafa Kamal's ego this whole situation would have been handled in a much better manner. Anyway, now you have the Pakistani public itching for our very own premier league and with BPL's future at stake. Who loses here? The Bangladeshi cricket team. They are the ones who have to risk their lives now. Being a Pakistani I'll say it again. Pakistan is not ready to host international cricket yet. We need to fix our internal problems first and then focus on these secondary issues.

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Despite being a Pakistani, I still think this is such a bad idea. I'm glad the people will be able to go to these matches again but it still remains a great risk. If something goes wrong again, we're probably not going to have any cricket for a further 3 year and what saddens me is that of all the teams we're taking the risk for a no one like Bangladesh.

  • K.A.K on April 15, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    These will be sold out games! and I expect Bangladesh to perform as good as they did in Asia cup. Hope to see Tamim Iqbal playing too. Great decision by Bangladesh to extend goodwill to Pakistan. It will take the relationship of these two cricketing nations a long way. We need Roona Laila and Alamgir ro perform at these matches / ceremonies too.

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Welcome Bangladesh brothers. Cricket fans, Cricket is back in Pakistan. Wow

  • ocean565 on April 15, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Some pakistani psoted, " Bangladesh isn't doing this tour without taking anything....so don't forget that pakistan has voted for BCB chairman Mustafa Kamal as ICC 2nd high position"...DUDE...This is a return fevor for Bangladesh Nominating The Pakistani (Ehsan Mani) for the Presidency in 2006....How easily you forget things...just as easily as Pakistani players sale their country and fix matches for a few bucks

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Well done boys. Its going to be a exiting tournament and hoping for the best.

  • Sarfin on April 15, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    I have sympathy for the Pak fans. But I am equally worried. Kamal has used our cricketers for personal gain. I don't trust him and his report. Just praying for our cricketer's safety

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    i would like to see the faces of the people talking against this decision after the Tour ends successfully !!

  • ocean565 on April 15, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Mostafa Kamal... Ur a Devil in Disguise. How could you push those young cricketers in a minefield just for your own personal gain??? Especially when the team is shaping up well. I see the tigers as tough contender for the upcoming World-cup in Australia/New Zealand.

    Bringing International Cricket to Pakistan is not our business.

  • AsifKhan2012 on April 15, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Most people in Bangladesh support Pakistan and love Pakistani players. There were concerns due to security reasons because at the end of the day Cricket is just a game, not something you risk your life for. However, Bangladesh trusts and supports the Pakistani board and we hope both countries tour each other more often. Shahid Afridi is my favorite and who can forget Imran Khan; Lion of Pakistan and one of the greatest all-rounders along with Gary Sobers. Good luck to both teams.

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Greatttttttttttttttttttttt.....bangladishi brotherss thax a looooooot......

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    THANKS to BANGLADESH 4 ur support in such critical time

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 15, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Pakistanis r welcoming Bangladeshi Team. But I think most of the Bangladeshi along with players r strongly opposing this tour. Comments 4m BD supporters r the proof. BCB is just joking with cricket fans as they decide to tour Unstable Pakistan. Security is the main concern than the Passion of Fans. If there will b any repetition of 2009 attacks, who will b liable for this? PCB or BCB? No one will take the liability. To all Pakistani & Bangladeshi fans: Security must b the main concern before bring back cricket in PK. If there will b any Occurrence like 2009, then it will much more harmful for Pakistan Cricket in the long run. Probably it will stop touring there for a Decade. So why r PCB & BCB hurrying up? Be Patient & wait for the improvement of security. If it will happen soon, then SL, BD, OZ, Proteus, Eng, Ind, Kiwis- all will visit PK. A country where Militants r breaking jail & freeing 400 criminals 4m jail (last Week) is ,at least, not safe.

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan cricket and cricket lovers.

  • fr600 on April 15, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Neutrally speaking, if anything goes wrong, PK should be banned from ICC.

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    allah is wit all!!!! tats why everyone was safe last time in terrorist fire!!!

  • AmjadZork on April 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    very good news.... Thanks bangladesh & thanks Zaka Ashraf !!

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    What ?????????????????? Is it safe to go there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fool Bangladesh team management......

  • tanveer131 on April 15, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    Will see you here bengali brothers.

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    I hope every thing goes well on this tour.. Pakistan Zindabad

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Any one KNow About TICKETS.........?

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    I think it's not so hard for a country like Pakistan to take care of the security of 14/15 players if they want it heartily. Bt I will blame ICC for not sending their officials while accepting the series. & I hate Greedy BCCB president who is dreaming for the ICC post. Pakistan helped Bangladesh for gaining test status, so BD can help them in return of it. Bt the greedy president want the 'Vote' in return of it. We have seen what he have done for our cricket team, he was almost destroying 2 of our best cricketers SAKIB & TAMIM. THE PERSON LIKE HIM SHOULD NEVER BE VOTED FOR A TOP ICC POST!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    Being a Pakistani i'm so happy and thankful to Bangladesh Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket Team. We must appreciate the efforts of PCB Chief Mr. Zaka Asharaf who gave us the hope and puts life in a dead issue. Some of our Bangladeshi brothers are concerned about their team's security in Pakistan, so i want to tell them Pakistan is as safe place for any kind of International Sporting events as Tourism.

    P.s: Pakistanis are as loving and caring as you guys are. Our Bangladeshi friends will definatly enjoy our hospitality.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    After Bangladesh, Srilanka will also tour Pakistan, Afghanistan team is already in Pakistan for participating in domestic matches , Lets be optimistic and non-asians teams will also tour Pakistan We are here love nothing more than cricket

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    I understand the Bangladeshi fans saying that pakistan is not ready or pakistan is doing this because it needs to. But remember that when bangladesh was desperate for international cricket the PCB had formal talks with the ICC and forced them to allow Bangladesh. Pakistan has helped Bangladesh in tough times and now its the time for Bangladesh to help and for the question of risking there lives that really sums up the approach to this decision by Bangladeshis. CRICKET UNITES PEOPLE AND THE SERIES WILL UNITE PAKISTAN JAY PAKISTAN AND BANGLADESH

  • LSAF on April 15, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    OH MY GOD! It is very risky and unsafe for Bangladesh to travel to Pakistan and play in the same stadium on the way to which the Sri Lankan team was attacked. The government of Pakistan has not been even able to catch those responsible for the attack. Good luck, but a cricket fan like me would not like to see talents like Shakib and Tamim put in risk!

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Before sending team BCB should discuss with all players, and BCB should not create any pressure on them. We don't know what will happen but if decision finally taken than responsibility goes on PK Govt to pay full of security.

  • traitor420 on April 15, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @ xunaed and others who says "mass people of bangladesh are against it" , well unless you are counting your own mass..I don't see too many repulsion. Therefore, FALTU(FOUL) is what you utter and you will be proved when our team comes back from Pakistan SAFE AND SOUND inshALLAH.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    me being a bangladeshi is disappointed , selfish board president mostafa kamal should be punished , though i love paki cricket but concern about security of our players , sri lanka paid , is this the time for bangladesh ?

  • drnaveed on April 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    at last we will be able to see some international cricket being played in our Country.some BD brothers are dissappointed with their teams visit to our Country.unfortunately there are terrorist attack every where, in London there were explossions in the past , in india there were explosions in the past , in SL there were tamil tigers, but the important thing to note is that cricket didnt died out in these Countries,rather it prospered further.same is the case in Pakistan,yes we have problems but the situation is not worse as it is been presented in the media.

  • drnaveed on April 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    at last we will be able to see some international cricket being played in our Country.some BD brothers are dissappointed with their teams visit to our Country.unfortunately there are terrorist attack every where, in London there were explossions in the past , in india there were explosions in the past , in SL there were tamil tigers, but the important thing to note is that cricket didnt died out in these Countries,rather it prospered further.same is the case in Pakistan,yes we have problems but the situation is not worse as it is been presented in the media.

  • drnaveed on April 15, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    at last we will be able to see some international cricket being played in our Country.some BD brothers are dissappointed with their teams visit to our Country.unfortunately there are terrorist attack every where, in London there were explossions in the past , in india there were explosions in the past , in SL there were tamil tigers, but the important thing to note is that cricket didnt died out in these Countries,rather it prospered further.same is the case in Pakistan,yes we have problems but the situation is not worse as it is been presented in the media.

  • NokshiKatha on April 15, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    No....! please don't go to pakistan, that place is not safe. please, try to understand. BCB, please try to understand

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    Congrats to all Paki-Cricket fans and many many thanks to ALLAH. A very big news and great work of Mr. Zaka Ashraf

  • Wacky_Cric_Lover on April 15, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan cricket. Now its the responsibility of Pakistani government to guard the Bangladeshi Guests from the terrorists and provide the best security to everyone including the spectators. I also hope that countries who had problems with Pakistan in the past will not intervene in this restoration process by ANY means. Good Luck Pakistan!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    @ xunaed! we the mass public of Pakistan are disapointed by this decision , because we dont want crybabies touring us either!

    to the bcb -please dont come! we dont want to waste our security detail on nobodies!

    without icc sending its officials this tour is a farce anyway that only allows pcb to get some money and bcb head to get the vote for icc vp from Pak :P , not many in pakistan actually want to see watered down versions of our players coming to challenge us :)

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    All Bangladeshi fans speaking about security in Pakistan must look at what they do themselves ? Stoning foreign players buses? Stoning there own players Shahadat Hussain's house? Grow up please.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Yaa.Thats the spirit of a good team with a good motivation.This time i am very proud to be a bangladeshi.Insallah they will be able to win the heart of millions of Pakistanis.It is the game between younger brother and elder brother.We want to see the cracker of a game between those two side.This tour states that if two brothers are in touch always then 3rd party can not do anything other than watching their brotherhood relationship.So dont be seperated.Best wishes for both the teams..

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    I don't find the tour from Bangladesh side comfortable at all, given the derogatory statement from the PCB chairman earlier this month. He reportedly said Bangladesh was delay-dying as it was defeated in the Asia Cup finals! what a stupid statement!!!

    It should also be mentioned that the security situation is not satisfactory given the recent news reports of violence and recovery of weapons in the tense country, bordering Afghanistan.

    Moreover, we all know that the BCB president is willing to visit Pakistan as he had been assured by the country of getting mandate in the upcoming ICC polls. Mostafa Kamal is set to contest the next elections for ICC vice-president.

    I personally regret for what the BCB stupidly did about an on-field incident several days after the Asia Cup finals.

    I think Pakistan should be more cordial in inviting other countries in their country, and should not bring others home only to be bombed. Strict security must be there.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    Mr. xunaed,

    Please express your own opinion only. You have not been appointed to talk on behalf of the 'mass population' of Bangladesh! As a cricketing nation, Pakistan deserve to get international cricket back in their soil. And as a sign of regional cricketing cooperation and friendliness, it seems that Bangladesh has taken the right decision to send the national team there. As per safety, no place is 100% safe, so we should stop pointing finger only too Pakistan. I am a Bangladeshi, and I sincerely welcome the brave and friendly decision of Bangladesh Cricket Board.

  • asim.cricket on April 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Welcome Bengaldeshi brothers, Thanks for visiting Pakistan. You prove that Muslim are always united......

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 15, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    first of all thanks to bangladesh for this decesion.. we will remember this.. congrates to all pakistani nation and mr zaka ashraf.. its a win for every cricket lover.. cant wait for this x

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    I am stunned by the decision from BCC & ICC...pakistan is not even safe place for their local...they repeatedly failed to provide to security , how can they provide security to the international team.....What would happen?..if the team is attacked by terrorists or suicide bombings...The decision must be reversed by BCC & ICC, until terrorism stops in Pakistan.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    it is a bad decision ,but very brave one....we hav proved to the world dat we can do anythng for getting anythng positive for others !!! ...we r brave nation ,so Go tiger ,let thrash the pakistanies in da field !!! we shud be helpful to each othr !!! Cricketers used to say dat dey r da warriors of nation ...deb dey shud be brave nd shud visit pakistan for cricket battle !!!

  • ZulfiqarKSA on April 15, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    God Bless and Thank you Bangladesh...It is been a long long waiting....and I appreciate Mr. Zaka Ashref and Mr. Mustaf Kamal's efforts to bring cricket back to Pakistan...The people of Pakistan love this announcement...and Inshallah rest will follow the courage of our Bangali brothers....

  • bharath74 on April 15, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    To be honest, Pak is not ready yet and this is the fact. For the sake of his nomination, Mustafa Kamal is taking such a huge risk, Totally unacceptable. As a cricket fan i wish the tour goes successfully and safely.

  • getsetgopk on April 15, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Rest assured Bangladeshi brothers, your team will receive adequate security and the tour will be a hit, BD team needs to focus on their game and enjoy the nice food of lahore, let the game begins!!!

  • nide on April 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    come bang la come we will welcome you

  • Cricket_Live on April 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    Its time to decide that Bangali borthers are real tiggers or just claiming to be. In a country of 180 million people, how are dozen bangali players not safe?

    Dont forget, there could be a day where the similar situation in your country, then what would you expect from neighbouring cricket playing countries?

    Good deed should always be done with the smile on the face and expecially when its giving a benefit in return.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    To everyone against this Tour, Let me remind you that when Bangladesh was nobody in international cricket, PCB were the only friend of which Bangladesh was relying on and PCB left no stone unturned in letting BCCB get Test status. Now, when PCB is in need of this small favor, i get the view that how selfish this world is. Pakistan might be unsafe for world, but we who live here are in peace and love this country. I dont understand the hate posts by bangladeshi people.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:22 GMT

    it is really good to hear that Bengali brothers are going to visit Pakistan ,it is now the responsibility of PCB to provide full security to them and avoid such things happend against sarilankan cricket team.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    I dont think its a good decision....Am a Pakistani and certainly wish for cricket to return to Pakistan but it would be a lie to say that we as a nation are safe. Hope this stay comes as a welcome change and stays clear of any mishaps Ameen....

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    welcome bangladesh and thanks for tour in pakistan and i hope this tour are successfully complete and this example for other team to visit for pakistan are very safe.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    thanx bangladaish . we welcomes you.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    hmmmm its good news...Welcome Bangladesh...It will be a great tour...And if Bangladesh will not come then how u will judge security....thanx Bangla..

  • Biggo_Mymoon on April 15, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    why kamal ? just why ? only for your personal interest ?

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:13 GMT

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  • on April 15, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    shakib, tamim, mashrafee, razzak, nazmul and nasir should be opt out from the visiting team.

  • zaf100 on April 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Finally politics away and some sense prevail. I would like to see full stadium for both games and give message to all international teams that Pakistan is safe for cricket. I am sure people of Pakistan will welcome Bangladesh cricket team with love and respect. Bangladesh team and their supporters should not worry touring Pakistan because they are coming to their second home. Well done PCB and BCB and both governments. Finally i will ask Indian government to normalise relationships with Pakistan and let cricket be free of politics because people from all over the world would like to see India and Pakistan play freely every year without any interference from governments. Tamim and Shakib can join their team from India and be part of this important mini series.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    THANK u very much BANGAL BROTHERS... ALLAH GAVE pakistan a newe spirit by bangladesh... this is a great day for pakistan.. THANKS TO ALLAH

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    who ever thinks that Pakistan is not a safe place for cricket are either against the wishes of the people of Pakistan or they are ignorante. there are 200million people living in Pakistan and most of the are the cricket lovers. One single ancidante should not be drawn into conclusion. It happens every where. and again good learning for Bangladash.

  • on April 15, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    We're eagerly awaiting to see this match, and Bangladesh will win this match Insallah, Still we've more Star's like Razzak,Nasir,Mushfique,Junayed Siddique,We'll miss Sakib & Tamim

  • S.A.Siddiqui on April 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    It is a very good news. Finally Bangladesh has come out of emotions and made a wise decision. I am sure Pakistan Authorities will also act with full responsibility.

  • kuasa on April 15, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    pakistan is a terrorist country. everyone knows that. that's why no one go there to play as everyone cares for life. wish lots of luck to BD players....

  • Biggo_Mymoon on April 15, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    As a bangladeshi ....we are very much worried about the security of Pakistan.....Just today..........Taliban Attacked Pakistan's central Jail and near about 400 Taliban Prisoners were gone out from da jail....They r unable to give security even to their Jail then how will they give for us ????????

  • Stark62 on April 15, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Bad news!!!!

    This is going to be another disaster and another attack seems imminent.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Well done Bangladesh, a great wise decision.....Lets hope for another thrilling contest between the two countries.

  • puma75 on April 15, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Welcome Bengaldeshi brothers, Thanks for visiting Pakistan... we hope and pray Allah bless us with peace and happiness.. Its good for both Pakistan being host of international cricket after a long time and a chance to prove for the authorities that Pakistan is a safe place for all such events at the same time very good for BD to have international cricket. Hope this would go a long way to future test and extended ODI series which BD need desperately to count on their current great form and improve. Good luck

  • xunaed on April 15, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    We, the mass people of Bangladesh are totally against this decision, because we care for our beloved cricketers. But unfortunately our selfish, hypocrite Cricket Board Chairman is blind and dreaming to be the next VP of ICC with the support of PCB. Shame on him. No offense to Pakistani people, but Pakistan is not yet ready to host any interna'l tour... I am very disappointed with ICC for letting this to be happen. They call them the 'Guardian of cricketers'!!! ICC is nothing but a scarecrow...

  • Sports4Youth on April 15, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    The Bangladeshi's are proving to be the real TIGERS. More famously known as the Bengal Tigers. Good for the development of both the countries.

  • shahinreza2002 on April 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    No Bangladesh No! We respect the emotion of long waiting Pakistani cricket lovers. But we do not think that Pakistan is still adequately secured for international match. Just only for the BCCB boss personal gain, he is pushing the whole Bangladesh team under firing squad!

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    Nasir Uddin .... Don't worry we know how to provide security to our guests ... and yes Bangladesh isn't doing this tour without taking anything....so don't forget that pakistan has voted for BCB chairman Mustafa Kamal as ICC 2nd high position :)

  • KentuckyM on April 15, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    May the Lord protect the tigers from any harm if available during the course of visit in Pakistan and the tigers to come out winners.

  • muhammadsafeer on April 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan cricket

  • qaiserjaan on April 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Congrats to Every One. Its just the beggining......

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Thankyou bangali brothers for coming. Next thing on my mind from where can i find tickets :D

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Well ..there should have been at least 3 matches. But ....something is better than nothing..Well done Zaka Ashraf & Subhan .Mueen ud din Hameed Toronto

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Thankyou bangali brothers for coming. Next thing on my mind from where can i find tickets :D

  • mgardizi on April 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    First and for most, I would like to say that Pakistan forces should do their best to take care of the BD players, Because this series will be the decider of Pakistan future. If it goes well and secure, I am sure the rest of teams will be feeling comfortable playing in Pakistan stadiums if not hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm not sure.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Thankyou bangali brothers for coming. Next thing on my mind from where can i find tickets :D

  • subhanthegreat on April 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Such a great news for pakistan cricket, hopes it will be start of matches in Pakistan. Terrorism can happen any where in world.Pakistan is as safe as any other country for cricket matches.Pakistani people love cricket and for them it is second to religion. Thanks Bangladesh for sending your team, atlast diplomacy worked. It is the duty of international team now to come and support Pakistan team. i am sterssing again Pakistan is as safe as any other country for cricket.Let it be start of international matches for pakistan.So glad to hear that lot of current and Ex cricketers have shown interest to play in pakistan premier leaugue

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Very happy to hear the news.Hopefully it will be a safe tour for the guests IN-SHA-ALLAH

  • Meety on April 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Good news for Pakistan fans. Hope it all goes well as Pakistan needs to be supported with International fixture - when SAFE.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    not acceptable not good. bad...........................

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Bangladeshis will gain their respect back in Pakistani hearts after some stupid steps taken and words spoken by their boards and politicians following Asia Cup final. I hope everything goes right with this short but extremely important tour.

  • o-bomb on April 15, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    Excellent news for Pakistan and for world cricket! I hope the tour goes well and is incident free.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    lets hope the tour goes without a hitch.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    inshallah international cricket will return in Pakistan, God Bless our Pakistan.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Both are in Gaddafi Stadium, Scene on hai!!

  • Sam.Kohn on April 15, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    A Warm Welcome to Bengal Tigers from Pakistan.

  • --.-- on April 15, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    "The ODI will be played on April 29 and the T20I on April 30. Both matches will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore." Only 2 matches that too of different formats ! What sense does it make ? Instead, a 3 match ODI series would have been logical !

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    AWESOME news.....may Allah make this series go smoothly!

  • KarmatBaig on April 15, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Atleast 3 One Dayers and 2 T20's would have made more sense. That would have given a better chance to assess security measures over a longer duration of time. Karachi, Lahore and Rawlpindi could have been chosen as the venues.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    i think its a BAD decision by BCB. PAK is not safe for international cricket. INDIA can do something bad there to misuses PAK.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    Thanks You So Much Bangalis. We Love You and have a lot of respect for you in our hearts. Thanks

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    this tour is very risk for bangladeh !!!

  • Mr_Attitude90 on April 15, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    That's great news for pakistan cricket.

  • --.-- on April 15, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @ Topic...Okay. Good for Cricket. Good for Pakistan ! But I hope PCB provide enough security to Bangladeshi Cricketers. And what had happened to SL Cricketers shall NOT be repeated. Good Luck from (( INDIA )). And with this I hope, India - Pakistan too start playing each other very soon.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Good desision. They should have decided more games.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Cricket home i am so excited as Pakistani, May this series go well and rest of the world find no lame excuse to visit Pakistan.. Thank you so much BCB, Specialy Mustafa Kamal

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    boooom yes good news ,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Bangladesh will diffinately loose, because there's no shakib and tamim :/ !

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Ohh no.. Allah please save our players when there in Pakistan.

  • zeeshanclassic on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Made an account to comment that will be there on 30th . Welcome back international cricket !!

  • cricpassions on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    While I am happy to see that Zaka Ashraf is doing a great job, at same time I feel worried I hope Pakistani security forces keeps the guest very safe. Its just beginning but I am sure to see Australia and New Zealand Play in Pakistan lies in a time far far far away... Good work PCB chairman.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Very good moment for Pakistan

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I am so happy , finally cricket in pakistan. Hopefuly more teams will tour

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    great decision !!!!!! Cricket Hungry nation pakistan waiting for cricket to come back home !!!!!! welcome tigers !!!

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  • on April 15, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    great decision !!!!!! Cricket Hungry nation pakistan waiting for cricket to come back home !!!!!! welcome tigers !!!

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    I am so happy , finally cricket in pakistan. Hopefuly more teams will tour

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Very good moment for Pakistan

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!!!

  • cricpassions on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    While I am happy to see that Zaka Ashraf is doing a great job, at same time I feel worried I hope Pakistani security forces keeps the guest very safe. Its just beginning but I am sure to see Australia and New Zealand Play in Pakistan lies in a time far far far away... Good work PCB chairman.

  • zeeshanclassic on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Made an account to comment that will be there on 30th . Welcome back international cricket !!

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Ohh no.. Allah please save our players when there in Pakistan.

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Bangladesh will diffinately loose, because there's no shakib and tamim :/ !

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    boooom yes good news ,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    Cricket home i am so excited as Pakistani, May this series go well and rest of the world find no lame excuse to visit Pakistan.. Thank you so much BCB, Specialy Mustafa Kamal

  • on April 15, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    Good desision. They should have decided more games.