Bangladesh in Pakistan 2012 April 19, 2012

Pakistan board sends ICC its security plan


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent the ICC a 70-page security plan of Pakistan's proposed limited-overs games against Bangladesh in Lahore, slated for later this month.

According to the plan, the visitors will be provided presidential-level security, with 2000 policemen patrolling the route from hotel to stadium, and about 1200 policemen present at the stadium while the team is at the venue. The PCB has scheduled a meeting for Friday, to be attended by the various security agencies involved in the exercise.

The PCB had delayed sending the security plan to the ICC because of issues between the federal government and the Punjab state government. Now, the issue appears to have been resolved. Top officials met under senior Punjab police officer Sohail Khan and formulated the security plan that was handed over to the PCB in the morning.

While the series is still facing hurdles, the PCB has approved the printing of tickets and they will go on sale next week - before April 25 - through a cooperative bank. They will be priced between 200 and 2000 Pakistan rupees.

The series holds great importance as it would be the first instance of two Full Members playing in Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in March 2009. Pakistan and Bangladesh, after reaching a consensus on the short tour, had informed the ICC that they will play one ODI and one Twenty20 International at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. The matches are scheduled for April 29 and 30.

The ICC's response to the security report will not have any direct bearing on the tour itself - bilateral series are decided by the countries involved and the ICC's remit is restricted to assessing the safety of its officials. After studying the report, the ICC will only confirm whether or not their officials will be present at the matches.

Last week, the ICC had stated that its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, on receiving the security plan from the PCB, may consider outsourcing a company for an independent assessment of the security measures planned in order to determine the safety of its officials and staff; only after that would it decide on deploying its officials.

In March, 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.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Jaydeep on April 19, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Pity the tour isn't going through, feel for the people of Pakistan. Missing Pakistani players in the IPL as well.. hope all this gets sorted out soon.

  • Bang on April 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @Dhanno, you are very right. :)

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Alhamdulillah, the tour has been canceled.

  • Nesar on April 19, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    I still believe a tour with a full series should happen later part of this year. Looks like PCB and BCB is rushing a bit with this tour without considering the emotions of the players who would actually perform in the field. The game is scheduled on 29 and still players are not sure about it! Just wondering is money important than life? and for those who don't know much about Bangladesh in recent time, Bangla players are making lots of money now a day, compare to Srilankan and Pakistani.

  • Rajee on April 19, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Pakistan is doing its best in all fronts to make the tour a reality. But on the media front they are losing it- Media in Bangladesh is campaigning hard to stop the series. Public sentiment is growing against the series. They need to counter this on the social media- pakistanis need to campaign hard on fb and youtube.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    HC halts Tigers' Pakistan trip!

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    The High Court on Thursday directed the authorities concerned not to send Bangladesh cricket team to Pakistan for playing match for next four weeks.

    In response to a writ petition, the court also issued a rule upon the authorities to explain why the move to make a tour for Bangladesh cricket team to Pakistan should not be declared illegal.

    The secretary of the Youth and Sports Ministry, the chairman of National Sports Council and president of Bangladesh Cricket Board have been made respondents to the rule.

  • Amjad on April 19, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Gosh - You are getting Presidential-level security... waht else do you want. No matter what, the Presidents are always safe in this country.

  • Dummy4 on April 19, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Guys bad news for you.. Bangladesh High Court challenged the legality of the Bangladesh Cricket Board's decision to send Bangladesh cricketers on a short trip to the strife-torn country.


  • Shahid on April 19, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    I have my doubts about Bangladesh tour of Pakistan. Someone in Bangladesh will make some moves to delay or cancel the tour.

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