Bangladesh in Pakistan 2012

Tour postponed after court order

Mohammad Isam

April 19, 2012

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Sohail Tanvir is surrounded by his team-mates after nailing Tamim Iqbal, Pakistan v Bangladesh, 1st ODI, Lahore, April 8, 2008
The return of international cricket to Pakistan could be delayed further © AFP

A chronology of events

  • December 17, 2011
  • BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal announces tour to Pakistan in April 2012; says a security team will ascertain in January whether it is safe to visit
  • March 3-5, 2012
  • After a two-month delay, the security team headed by Kamal is "satisfied" with arrangements
  • March 7, 2012
  • ICC introduces special dispensation to be made only in exceptional circumstances allowing "non-neutral match officials", a departure from the ICC's Standard Playing Conditions
  • March 12, 2012
  • Kamal says Bangladesh will not tour if the ICC doesn't send match officials
  • March 19, 2012
  • PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf says bilateral ties could suffer if Bangladesh backs out of tour
  • April 15, 2012
  • ICC announces BCB and PCB have agreed on the tour to Pakistan, outlining two matches for April 29 and 30 in Lahore
  • April 19, 2012
  • BCB informs PCB that the series is postponed after the Dhaka High Court rules in favour of a four-week* embargo

Bangladesh has postponed its tour of Pakistan following a court order that set a four-week embargo on the national team's plans. The decision, communicated on Thursday to the PCB by the BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, is the latest twist to a long-running saga that began last December; the tour itself, comprising two limited-overs games, had been finalised last weekend to take place in Lahore at the end of April.

The order came on a day when Pakistan said it had sent a 70-page security plan for the tour to the ICC and announced details of match tickets that were to have gone on sale next week. The events that followed will have added to doubts over whether the tour will indeed go ahead at all.

The PCB reacted sharply to the news. "It is astonishing to note that a matter lacking any legal issue has been dragged in the court by petitioners who appear to have vested interest and want to jeopardise Pakistan-Bangladesh cricketing relations," the statement said.

"It is extremely disturbing to note for the PCB and Pakistan cricket fans and world cricketing nations that such an adverse order has been passed to block a bilateral cricket series."

The court order, delivered by Justices Farid Ahmed and Sheikh Hasan Arif on Thursday afternoon, was in response to a writ petition filed in the morning by a university teacher and a Supreme Court lawyer who, citing concerns over security, challenged the BCB's decision to send the team at the end of April for a three-day tour.

It also said that in the interim period the sports secretary, the National Sports Council chief and BCB chief Mustafa Kamal justify the decision for the tour.

Azim, one of the lawyers for the petitioners, said: "The ICC asked for a security plan from PCB. They have still not given it. Pakistan is not safe for any foreign teams now. Their own media says so. For that reason, no country agrees to play there. Under the same circumstances, we should not go there also."

The petition echoes the prevailing public sentiment surrounding the tour since it was first announced. The mood against the tour - which has been called short-sighted and opportunistic, at the cost of players' safety - grew following the confirmation of dates on Sunday. The tour, of immense importance to Pakistan, is widely seen as a quid pro quo for Kamal getting the Pakistan-Bangladesh joint nomination for the ICC vice-presidency; with the latter in almost certain cold storage, the tour has become an even more complex issue. Kamal's own flip-flops on issues relating to the tour have added to the confusion.

Adding to the complexity is the security angle. The ICC's stated stand is that it has no role in clearing tour; its remit extends to checking to see whether its officials can be deployed. It has, however, scripted its own escape clause by introducing a "special dispensation" that would allow non-neutral officials where the situation did not allow for neutrals.

The security issue prompted the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) to issue a strongly worded statement against the tour.

"This decision of whether Bangladesh should tour Pakistan needed to be a concise and transparent process," FICA CEO Tim May said. "Unfortunately all we have witnessed is seemingly a complete lack of any process and a series of indecisive and contradictory comments, particularly coming from Mustafa Kamal.

"The actions and words of Kamal certainly give the impression of confirming rumors that there has been a deal reached between the PCB and Kamal … What has resulted since has been a series of actions and comments that rather than reassure everyone of the safety of such a tour, only have created heightened apprehensions and doubts amongst players re the safety of the tour and the motives of those involved in the decision."

* The entry initially said four months. It has been corrected to four weeks

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

Pcb should think to invite world xi as Rashid lattif said he can do that so they should try it

Posted by mjanjua on (April 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

It is surprising to see in Asian countries that how a petition is heard at first place of a petitioner who has no direct affect on him in a particular matter in question. I have noticed that it happens quite often in Pakistan and now seen in Bangladesh. It would have been understandable if a family member of a Bangladesh cricket team player touring Pakistan would have been a petitioner as that would directly affect the petitioner. How come a random person can file a petition against a situation or someone who has no link to that matter? It is like I should start talking on behalf of Bangladesh cricket team that they should stop playing cricket? If BCB, players and Bangladesh Government had no problem then how someone random can interfere in this matter? Courts in UK & USA give such decisions if petitioner has or will suffer some damage but here I can't see anything like this.

Posted by Tawhid_002 on (April 22, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

Dear, Pakistani cricket fans, don't be up-set about BD tour. Except BD team, most BD peoples love PAK team for their cricketing ability. Its very helpful for BD team to improve more by playing with world class team like PAK team. But most of u also agree with me that the current situation of PAK is not suitable for cricket. Like other boards (IND,AUS,NZ,SA, ENG etc.) BCB can take decision on public opinion about the tour. Dhaka court ruled on it. We should respect public opinion. In these condition the series could be held out side the pakistan (may be SL, Sharja etc.). Hope that bangladesh will tour Pakistanin the recent future with fearless condition.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Pakistan should not be disappointed on Bangladesh tour cancelled and should not react abruptly. Let us continue the way it is going on. Pakistan should improve the security measures. We should built five star type accommodation adjacent to the stadium with underground path from their residence to the ground. We should try to invite big names of International cricket to take part in our Premier cricket league tournament. Let us try to invite minor countries teams. Once these foreign teams and players satisfied with our security systems, they will spread confidence in other teams and players. Let us resolve all our matters with Indian cricket board. We should realize, today Indian cricket board is a giant in ICC.

Posted by RajanBorna on (April 21, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

It seems most did not read or understand the article. However, always lessons are there from the drama (by Pak and Kamal)......1. Stay always honest, don't play with mass ppl mind..(Never go for personal deal, we do not want a person like Kamal to be elected in this way) 2. No matter you are inviting China or BD but u have to have the proper plan first then invite, here observed funny and unprofessional attitude 3. BD will always look for opportunity to play against best times like Pakistan and without stupidity by Kamal, BD is the only team who really like to visit Pak at any chance but does not mean ICC's proper process is not required. ................And please do not bring the "help" matter between BD and Pak, and then we also are able to dig the history where you'll be no way near to us. For those who still don't know - many will agree that Pak team 1999 was the best team forever even than that won WC 92. BD beat that Pak team in WC 99.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

if india goes and plays in pakistan, everything will be solved!!!!

Posted by rohanblue on (April 21, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

will b interesting 2 see what PCB do with BPL, without pakistani players BPL will b a disaster.....

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 21, 2012, 8:54 GMT)

Alison_Brie is right. Any foreign tour of Pakistan is not possible atleast for the next few years. Pak players and youngsters should adapt themselves to the foreign conditions.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (April 21, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

@hqureishi78,well said,bd r not of our standards n its high time on bangla cric as they r going to meet tuff oponents in d form of irland,afgh,ken,zim in ordr to conserv their no.10 spot

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Leave BD as they r not eligible for it.. Go for SL or may be Ireland (which is far bettr than BD) to come n play with us.. Pak might get mch bettr respnse from them..

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

PCB should try for Kenya and Zimbawe they are competitive than Bangladesh they show in the past...May be they are waiting for the opportunity, because they have to show the world that they can beat the best teams.. so we try to incourage those teams that really deserve to play with Pakistan and improve there standard of game...I hope PCB also thinks like that and try to invite those nations...

Posted by hqureshi78 on (April 20, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

May be BD Cricket should change its name from 'Tigers' to 'Tigers - only in suitable conditions'. And i don't understand why PK (108 points in test ranking) is begging BD (only 8 points in test ranking) again and again. Better spend time on SL, ZIM or Kenya. Otherwise play in neutral grounds for time being and only with equal or better teams. If PK plays again BD now. I will think about going to PK courts to take stay order as we dont play again the teams with single digit points (8).

Posted by Shahid378928929 on (April 20, 2012, 22:07 GMT)

Bangladesh did well in Asia Cup. There ego is too big now to travel to Pakistan. Flying High. But remember BD won all the tosses in Asia cup and batted in lights. And batting in night lights was much easier. In fact, in most matches in Asia Cup team batting in lights won. Let's wait for a few months till BD ego comes down to earth.

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 20, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

Just one ODI and one T20, can you call that a series. Infact when the attempt was about to fail, Pakistan and bangladesh tried to put up a face saving series. Even that is gone now.

Posted by derij on (April 20, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

pakistan were unbeatable in bangladesh. will bangladeshd try to beat pakistan in pakistan venues. lets see how tough the can make it if they do come to pakistan

Posted by Muhtasim13 on (April 20, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

I really want International cricket to return to Pakistan. Personally, I feel that its safe to go there. But, given the current developments regarding the BD tour, I doubt that any other Full Member will be willing to send their team to Pakistan anytime soon. So I think it would be better if Pakistan tried to approach the issue from the bottom. My point is, they should try to convince Youth Teams and Associate nations to tour Pakistan. If those tours go well then the probability of international cricket returning to Pak would improve in a few years.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

I just dont understand the "security concerns" shown by Bengali people. When the team of BCB has already visited and approved the tour go ahead then whats the confusion..?? Pakistan and India went and played in Srilanka when other countries had refused during world cup 1996, so I think that Bangladesh should brush aside any security concerns and visit Pakistan...

Posted by TaylorSwift on (April 20, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

In my opinion, this is a blessing in disguise. Teams like England, Australia, NZ and SA are years away from touring Pakistan. A 3-day tour would not have enticed them to visit, even if this tour went incident-free. While international cricket is on hiatus in Pakistan, PCB should focus on strengthening the domestic structure and nurturing quality talent. If we play good cricket with honour and integrity, we will send a strong message to the rest of the cricket world. And once the situation improves within the country, the door will automatically open for others to visit. PCB should quit persuading other teams to visit against their will. The experience of playing in neutral conditions will aid our players, though I do feel for the average Pakistan fan. I still cherish my last experience at Gaddaffi Stadium. I doubt any other ground in the world can compete with the atmosphere there.

Posted by alimu24 on (April 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

pakistan should invite zim to play as soon as possible, might they waiting for our call, and we can also invite afghanistan , a brave and promising cricket team.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

thanks hon. court to give our decision.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

In my point of view, Whether BD go for the tour or not, hopefully they do, PCB must arrange at least a 3-ODI series and possibly a 2-t20i fixtures against Afghanistan in these coming 2 months. At least one ODI and one t20 should be played in Peshawar, where there are loads of Afghans. It is going to bring in big revenue which PCB needs and at the same time AFg players will get much needed international exposure against quality teams. Pak can utilize this opportunity by caping in new guys as well, while playing at home against a not-so-strong Afg team.

Posted by Sarfin on (April 20, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

Thanks to the Pakistan fans (drdani , OptimisticPakistan and many more) who have understand the position of Bangladesh fans. None of us are against Pakistan. We are just concerned with our cricketers. We don't believe the board officials, especially Mr. Kamal. If you think from our point of view with a clear mind you should understand. I am hoping for a tour in future when these issues are solved. No hard feelings

Posted by aleem1964 on (April 20, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Bangladesh must visit Pakistan to start playing cricket to make a good relations with pakistan it is golden opportunity to play this is the right time bangladesh should play with pakistan since banladesh is become the tough team to beat in asia cup they give tough time for India, Sri lanka and only unbeaten team was pakistan so bangladesh got a chance to beat them in their own country, very strong team, Court should not interfere in sports ties with the country let the government should take the decision and send the team to pak this is a minor issue which can be resolved. Hence prime minister should decide and send the team to pak to build a good relations on the country level, see how pakistan came to bangladesh and play the game in game spirit likewise bangladesh should play and show the world that the see the game as game inshallah security will be arranged by pak and should be monitored by ICC only two matches to be playe let the bangladesh play and come back.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

It seems no fixture planned for Pakistan national team for the next 5 months. A delay of 4 weeks shouldn't be a problem; I hope this tour of Bangladesh happens. A good media PR will help revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Afghanistan enjoys excellent media coverge nowadays and Pakistan should avail this by inviting Afghanistan for a series of limited over matches including T20 and ODI between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This will give a huge boost to international attention back to Pakistan. We all witnessed the only ODI between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Shajah with full house spectators and phenomenal media attention. Lets PCB repeat a similar move again inside Pakistan.

Posted by razaqaiser on (April 20, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Hail Bangladesh.. what a short with excellent timining.. get the nod for a seat in ICC from Pakistan and then go for a stay in the court and cancel the tour..... BCB should not forget that it was Pakistan instrumental in bringing them to Test arena. Ironically, it is a small world with a round dining table.... today you , tomorrow me.

Posted by drdani on (April 20, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

as far as marketing is concerned, pcb n its sponsor shud strive selfishlessly in this..afterall its a matter of 'cricket'...the bulk of the admission shud b free..they can charge for the seats that r more close to the pavilion or gallery..signed t-shirts,bats,balls,posters n other stuff like this can help generate money..lucky draws for the paid-spectators is another method to generate money..the prize cud b a dinner night with his/her favourite star (m not asking for bike or a car)..u cud also pick up one lucky winner n give him/her a chance to play with his/her local team,as a substitute atleast..our stars cud visit school/college matches to encourage the players n the spectators..i mean the business-dept guys can give a million ideas as to how to generate point is to concentrate more on local/domestic/school/college/university cricket..n then inshallah some day international teams/cricketers will beg to play in pakistan !! :)

Posted by drdani on (April 20, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

being a pakistani m disappointed...but everyone has the right to chose..if bd board/players/nation doesnot want to tour pak, its their choice n we should respect it , not matter how it hurts us !!so my request to my fellow citizens is not to use indecent language against bd nation/team/board pls...since this is over , lets start from the scratches now..although zimbabwe n afghanistan r gud alternatives (let the pcb deal with it,n they r doing a great job) i think v shud make r domestic cricket more interesting for our local spectators..pcb shud arrange matches between pak-11 n the local teams..v shud also divide our cricket stars in 8-10 teams n host tournaments like 'national t20' more often..apart from khi,lhr,rawalpindi,other local grounds shud also host these matches so that the local crowd also get the chance to see their demands a great deal from our cricket stars n pcb but to revive cricket in pak v need commintment,effort n time from them !!

Posted by Saf96 on (April 20, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

@muhammad zubair talk about afghanistan like that after they chase 250+ totals against test playing nations....afghanistan are a good team but don't compare them against bangladesh...I know bangladesh arent a great team but they have started to play consistently at home for the past few years...bangladesh has whitewashed new zealand at home a year many times have afghanistan done that!

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

Pakistan should invite Afghanistan team for ODI & T20I series. Afghanistan team is much better than 3rd class Bangladesh team. Bangladesh never win a single match against Pakistan in this century.Bangladesh played 8 test 27 ODI & 5 T20I in this era against Pakistan and lose every match.Afghanistan played only one match and tough time to Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Now pakistan should go for Afghanistan Because the world top 10 teams are not visiting pakistan the only chance pakistan has to go for afghansitan and play series with them.......Pakistan will do this coz Bangladish is not visiting.....

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

sadd. but court ordr is a court ordr !!

Posted by atacheema on (April 20, 2012, 7:05 GMT)

Oh well, let's hope for the best

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

I ll prefer a Pakistan 11 and a Rest Of Pakistan 11, matches over this 3rd rate Bangladesh team----- who has never won pakistan in this century.

Posted by Rahulbose on (April 20, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

Pakistan should host a full ODI and T20 tour by Afghanistan. It would be great for the Afghanistan team and would show everyone that Pakistan can host cricket matches without incident.

Posted by   on (April 20, 2012, 2:10 GMT)

this was going to happen no matter what...who cares if bangladesh dont want to come it was only 3 day tour anywayz ... they can stay in bangladesh we want to see india playing pakistan not some wanna-be team who think they can beat Pakistan in Pakistan

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (April 20, 2012, 1:16 GMT)

Why everyone blaming Bangladesh cricket and BCB? BCB wanted this tour to happen since they are the first to initiate it and even BCB didnot cancel the tour- IT GOT CANCELLED BY COURT DIVISION- Bangladesh Cricket and BCB have nothing to do with it- my request to Pakistani fans that please do read the article before reaching conclusions.

Posted by Powerhawk on (April 20, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

bangladesh is third rated team, even lesser than Associate teams, it is much better to play with top associate teams than these so called paper tigers.

Posted by Legaleagle on (April 19, 2012, 23:25 GMT)

Bangladesh team should be safe first then play cricket. Why are my comments going?

Posted by Sabby3 on (April 19, 2012, 22:55 GMT)

Affganisthan is much improved team now and they earned one day status as well so if Bd not coming Afganisthan can come and play one day series in Pakistan

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 22:46 GMT)

@naveed raja who cares! afganistan is better than pakistan so Bangladesh should go there

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

Who cares, Ireland is Much better team than Bangladesh, PCb should have invite the,

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Be political gather your selves and wait for your turn , its circle it will comeback to us no matter what.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 22:26 GMT)

A team improves by playing with better teams.I believe that Bangladesh performed better in the Asia Cup because of the tough series with Pakistan prior to that. Bangladesh keeps complaining that it does not enough opportunities to play with better teams. It was the best opportunity for Bangladesh to play few games in Pakistan and if Pakistan were requesting them to play 2 games they should have asked for more games including tests. I think they should have gained more from this tour.As far as Pakistan is concern there recent performance is more than satisfactory and if they could win next 2 to 3 test series, they could be number 1 and that is the way to go if they want to attract other teams to play in Pakistan in the future

Posted by myawan on (April 19, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

Drama should stop now, BD coming or not coming it doesn't matter to most in Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 22:15 GMT)

Still blaming BCCI.... LOL.... grow up guys...

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (April 19, 2012, 22:01 GMT)

Oh noes what will Pakistan do without Bangladesh sending over a weakened team for a pair of isolated games. I mean without these matches Pakistani cricket is finished. Woe is us. LOL That was grade school sarcasm by the way.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

I cannot understand why are we so desperate for Bangladesh to come. I would not waste my hard earned money to go and see them.

Posted by Sabby3 on (April 19, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Its sad to hear that the tour is cancelled Such a shame that even BD dont want to tour Pakistan but fans must not loose hope. I think PCB should organise a Triangular series instead inviting Afganistan and USA then i am sure they will come happily.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

So why Mustafa Kamak visited Pakistan a month ago, got everything analyzed and gave a solid go to the tour ?

Posted by Score on (April 19, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

Good for Pakistan cricket Pakistan should be playing against world class teams rather then wasting time against cry and coward Bengalese.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 20:52 GMT)

Bad news for Pakistan. 33 to 1 ratio.........delayed

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 20:32 GMT)

I am Pakistan. This is good decision by BD supreme court after appeal from two citizens. Let me know if Pak players are denied to play in BPL. In that case "Can BD supreme Court force Pak player to participate in BPL or ask BCB to organise the BPL in any case????

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

Mr Sanjay Chabria your comments are based on distorted facts. No doubt Bangladesh team is better than India as they beat India in Asia cup but Pakistan beat Bangladesh and they are asian champions.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

whatever happens happens for the best tour or not doesn't matter we cricket lovers always hope for the best

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

Never Mind Even on neutral ground they are no match for Pakistan, I wish they go India and play in India....Ill sit back and Enjoy. Comon Indian Board bring them in for some enjoyment. Howzattt...

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

Story Ends........................................

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

i think they dont deserve to tour pakistan and play quality cricket poor decision taken by bangladesh board on delaying the tour

Posted by amjadani on (April 19, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Just ONE question... do they have TIGER hearts??? to face Pakistan Lions. Be remember there is always Brightness after dark.. Dont worry pakistanis,, this is not end of the world.. who care if they not coming.

Posted by amjadani on (April 19, 2012, 18:11 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Thanks to Allah (SWT) they're not comming and now we're not intrested either to invite such cricket team.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Bangladesh board and people must know that time always not remain same.......when v will have our opportunity v will definitely ditch matter how much you cry...(This mesg truly represent the voice of a Pakistani nation)

Posted by purposeful on (April 19, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

cricket is the uniting force for pakistanis and it is a conspiracy not only by cricket nations but other world who cannot see pakistan getting united, as for bangladesh is consirned pakistan should start ppl without involving any bangladeshi cricketers and pakistani cricketers should no more play in bpl making bpl become a flop!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

PCB should review its relationship with the BCB especially regarding BPL. The players should play league in Sirilanka instead.

Posted by Harisastha on (April 19, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

It is not good for cricket. Hardly ten teams are full members of the game. and one nation home is left out for more than 3 years.

Posted by myawan on (April 19, 2012, 17:51 GMT)

No worries, once Bangladesh lose their test status because of their pathetic performance then they will realise how important this tour could have been.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

@Chhabria It was India who lost to BD in Asia cup, Pakistan won their both matches including the Final against BD. You have such bad memory!

Posted by jupiterlaw on (April 19, 2012, 17:47 GMT)

@KHANQ you might dismiss the tour as "rubbish" because you, perhaps, live in a country where you can go to a venue and see your national team play. However, Pakistanis who have for many years now seen their national team only on television broadcast from foreign lands, might welcome this tour and support it in vast numbers. For the PAK cricket fan, this "rubbish" as you refer to it might just be to them, a welcome reprieve. It's better than nothing.

Posted by lionheart7861 on (April 19, 2012, 17:07 GMT)

Well a good decision , Bangladesh vs Pakistan would have been a boring contest . one sided match. I would prefer that Our board call upon Srilanka for the spirit of cricket and strengthen the relations between two countries.

Posted by Shajadul on (April 19, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

I agree with Shafiq Bhatti. PCB has taken way way long time to send security plan. You can not invite a country without security plan. Because of this delay, court has given the order. I want to see cricket back in PAK soon too. I hope something happens sooner than later. Thanks BCB for extending the helping hand for PCB.

Posted by ransr5 on (April 19, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

Well, for those fans who are blaming bangladesh cricket board. BCB did confirm the tour with PCB, however the security of the team is very important. so its was unto PCB and ICC to figure out the security plan. why blame bangladesh cricket board. we want team bangladesh to play with any top cricket playing team like pakistan. so it is our loss as well. however safety comes before games. hopefully everyone understands it without blaming BCB.

Posted by Shafin1987 on (April 19, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Feel sorry for PAK fans..........but security comes first.......from a BD supporter.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Guys , I feel sorry for Pakistani fans . This should not have gone down to this . It's a very sad day indeed .

From a Bangladeshi .

Posted by khanq on (April 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

As it is the tour was a rubbish, 1 ODI and 1 t20, u call it a tour ?????

Posted by salimankamran on (April 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

it was about pakistan that Bangladesh receive test membership other wise they may never con achieve the position

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

@Sanjay Chhabria man u should remind ur teams performance against BD recently in the asia cup. Pakistan is the asian champion and its reality. ur so called world champion could not even defeat the no 9 ranked team.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Pakistan should focus on developing their domestic T20 tournament but on the lines of English county system rather than IPL simply because it does not have that big market. It should allow 2-3 foreign players to participate and the idea of having a team from Afghanistan, UAE and China seems good. As far as the tour is concerned everyone knows who controls international and particularly Asian cricket and there should be no expectations from any kind of support.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

Hope the tour gets posponed for years.....

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:57 GMT)

I think as a pakistani we wanted this tour to happen but we should not request BD caliber team again and again to play against us . In a way it is good if we invite Afghanistan , Kenya ,Zmb or Ireland i think they will readily accept the offer to play 2 or 3 games with top rank team like us . And the impact will be same when tour will go along safely as that would have been if BD played .But in long term it will be BD loss not to play in Pakistan cos playing BG will not convince Eng Aus Ind SA to tour Pak . But if we can play few series against above mentioned improving teams after few successful tours ultimately ICC and top teams will tour .

Posted by Farce-Follower on (April 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

BCB should have thought this over and planned well. No point in blaming BCB now however. It is a judicial order. Going ahead would mean contempt of court.

Posted by Tufey_Fatos on (April 19, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Why don't PCB give invitation to Zimbabwe instead of Bangladesh ? :s Bangladesh haven't yet been tested out of sub continent so we can't say they r better then Zimbabwe !

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

well Pakistan is a safe place and Bangladesh is gonna suffer from time i think Pak players should not join BPLl and should not go to Bangladesh to play cricket and INSHA,ALLAH PPL will steal the show.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

teacher and a lawyer what the hell..........

Posted by SAA007 on (April 19, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

For the people who are saying 'sad for pakistan cricket'...let me assure u pak cricket is doing just fine,actually it hasnt done as well as this for a long time.....i fear for bangladesh cricket,they r the ones who will truly suffer bcoz of this!mark my words!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:40 GMT)

well good for pakistan and bad for B'desh Cricket Pakistan is top quality cricketing nation must maintain it's standrads and countinue to play with top quality teams like S'Africa,England or Australia

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

A tour that should have never been scheduled in the first place. I love Pak team but the reality is Pak is not yet adequate for an Int match. Sorry but thats the reality.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:30 GMT)

A convenient out for the BCB who never seemed all that keen in the first place anyways

Posted by umairasgharbutt on (April 19, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

bring on PPL ... we could not let us down !!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:19 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

I hope they don't blame the BCCI for this. lol

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:15 GMT)


Posted by irfankiani on (April 19, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

it was bad decision by pcb to invite bangladesh and they tell us how our countary insecure in their courts i consider it as insult of my countary now its time for pcb to take action for the sake of countary respect

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

I think sanjay is very hurt by india's team beaten in Asia cup. that's why he of the rocker Yes Bangladesh tean has improved a lot. and i think they as good as any team in subcontinent. Time will come when all this will be history and Pakistan will host Big matches.So for all those who are playing politics instead of trying to help pakistan will have their day also.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (April 19, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

mr. Sanjay Chhabria@ if china had cricket team and they stay on any known position we will never face this type of things an any is so sad for us they dont have.

Posted by saladin3 on (April 19, 2012, 15:01 GMT)

IF and only if ICC approves this tour then only Bangladesh should tour. Good decision by BD court. ICC must have to take all the responsibilities on this issue.!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Amazing to note, how one set of humans degrade another... If 170 million live and live well, how so a few are so scared... no singular nation is safe - and it's not always external forces but internal forces as well that puts a frown on the face...

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

well I tell u honestly I think now BD not expect anything from Pakistan too like the icc high rank person and also they will not expect any other cricketing stuff from Pakistan. Sorry but now we must not support the countries which are lobbing against us PCB must do something about it.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (April 19, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

ok.they don't wanna come here so its ok.we are here we are enjoying our life.i don't care about bangla come here are not it's totally your decision.if u come here we will b enjoy your cricket if you don't life is on for us we have to do many things to do.good luck pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Another twist in the story!!!!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Pakistan is a safe place to watch the match. PCB has just submit the security plan for the bangladesh Cricket Team and that will be a presidential type of security. This is what pakistan is doing for the renewal of International Cricket. It is a very sad news for us. But time don't remain the same, we have a potential to stand alone.

Posted by shahbazhussain on (April 19, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

Politics spoiling the game now! Gamblers and Politicians should be denied accessing the game!

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

I blame PCB rather than BCB. I feel they unvite bangladesh without security plan. PCB consists of non technical n non professional people

Posted by cricpolitics on (April 19, 2012, 14:10 GMT)

Time will come back when these countries will need Pakistan's support again. For now Pakistan's resolve is strong and team Pakistan will keep winning no matter what and where they play, just bring it on.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (April 19, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Stuart Law should have waited before resigning his job, He might take a U turn after this.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

Its Bangladesh loss after all ..... Pakistan is not alone we willl carry on with our Cricket and its Bangladesh who is going to suffer , soon you will see Afghanistan coming ahead of Bangladesh..

Posted by Saqishah on (April 19, 2012, 14:00 GMT)

Very good and wise decision by BCB !!! Yes we are patriotic to Pakistan but one cannot deny the reality.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

Very sad news for cricket and for Pakistan. What ICC is doing on this? just sitting watching all these dramas. Very sad for the nation who loves cricket more than any one in this universe. i m an indian but felt really bad for Pakistan cricket and there supporters.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

Alhamdulillah. Sad for Pakistani cricket, happy day for those of us concerned with Team Bangladesh's security.

Posted by ammarhassan on (April 19, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

My comments will not be posted if speak my heart out .. In simple words .. quite angry ..

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

lol even Bangladesh denying to play in Pakistan. Why not their team is doing better than Pakistan at the moment it was evident in Asia Cup, they lost by a whisker to Pakistan. I think Bangladesh team is better than Pakistan team at the moment. Pakistan u should ask Afghanistan to tour Pakistan. If they also dent then then then i think u should Invite China to play...

Posted by shahidcric on (April 19, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Bangladesh will remain bottom of the table as long as it does nt face quality bowling unit such as Pakistan in subcontinent ..SL/IND have only mediocre bowling a way decisions like these will not serve any goods to their team .

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

Good to know! Now lets see how Mr.Kamal reacts.

Posted by rohanblue on (April 19, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

good news , it means shakib cn play the match in eden gardens against RCB......

Posted by muhammadsafeer on (April 19, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

i believe Pakistan should think for any other country because its doesnt look like that Bangladesh will visit?????

Posted by pakstarr on (April 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

It's ok to Have F1 in Bahrain! But at the end of the day some procedures must be followed, if the ICC need a security plan then give them one. Main thing is Bangladesh are willing to come, hopefully sooner rather then later. I just want to see Pak vs India, I think it will be a sell out anywhere in the world. Don't understand why thy cannot play in a neutral venue.

Posted by SaadS123 on (April 19, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Hmm, a bit senseless, the decision was made to go after a demonstration and plan of security meeting the satisfaction of the appointed authority, the BCB who are responsible for deciding these matters on where the team goes and its security. They approved it and the date was set, this has been raised by people out of the loop who are not privy to the security plans or relevent details. Just a perfect example of politics and people of position wanting to make a name for themselves and get involved in things they have no involvement in from our part of the world.

Posted by Just_love_it on (April 19, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

I think Bangladesh is right....afterall last time when Srilanka visited they said EXACT same word that presidential security will provided to Srilanka and we all know what happened after that,...Srilankan were players were killed but u can not take risks for few money..I think they should play in Dubai till situation gets better.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

ICC has to decide, what is the best

Posted by ShahnawazAhmeed on (April 19, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

This is Bangladesh right to decide, on the other hand this is Unfortunate for Pakistan Cricket i hope the all the issues settle down and the politicians make it safe for all the countries to visit Pakistan. Cricket must come back to Pakistan...

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Thanks a lot to our Honourable high court . Common sense has prevailed .

Posted by dani1 on (April 19, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

well all internatinoal players visit pakistan for all other sports except cricket, only becoz cricket nowadays is governed by bcci instead of icc.

Posted by Masud_BITK on (April 19, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

As a Bangladeshi and cricket lover, I see great danger in BD cricket. This DU teachers have no relationship in cricket, they are destroying our nations in each and every aspect. Bangladesh is the only team which will be safe in Pakistan. When Bangladesh needed support, Pakistan did. Now it is the BD term to support Pakistan. It was an agreement and Bangladesh should carry on.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Still ICC report is not given so we never know whether the tour is going on or not??Pressure situation for both the country.Wish all the best...

Posted by S.A.Siddiqui on (April 19, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

I already had the feelings that the tour will not go at all. Very easy for BCB to ask someone to go to the court and get the stay.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

Its a great news...Happy al the effort and protest paid of..

Posted by nafizimtiaz on (April 19, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

very good decision by bangladesh high court

Posted by Ely_X on (April 19, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Pakistan's away record is too good i think so they don't need any team to visit them. Let them beat all at their home.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

@armughan altaf: I understand your frustration. However, never before a cricket team has faced terrorist attack like SriLankan team did back in 2009. Even before that tour Pakistani government claimed to protect SriLankan cricket team from any sort of unwanted incidents. But the end result was completely different. We do not want the same thing to happen all over again. Specially when Bangladesh team is now in some sort of form to challenge other nations. One of our cricket said, "I do not understand why BCB is doing this to us? I have my 60 years old father and mother living with me. Does BCB even realize how much they would worry if I go there? What if my father have an heart attack thinking about it?" .. Pakistan has great potentials. We respect their support and kindness (Despite of Mr. Yunus saying Bangladesh's test status should be given to Afganistan instead). But this is not the right time to visit Pakistan. It is just not safe.

Posted by rishab.cricfever on (April 19, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

sorry state of affairs really....for pakistan to remain isolated from the cricketing world !! but obviously they can't really blame anyone else...

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (April 19, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

Altaf when that incident happened BD cancell the series against Pakistan because they thought it'd be unfair to bring international player in country in such situation and Even Pak people are saying that it is not safe to go there. Read the news where Punjab state minister said he cant insure the series. We want cricket back in Pak but not at the cost of our players life.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Mustafa Kamal has lost all his reliability by the Bangladeshi cricketers and their fans. He must resign.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

I'm from Pakistan and I'm very happy about the decision. Security isn't an issue, law and order situation is better now but grounds are in a terrible shape. PCB should rehabilitate the grounds first, then ask a team to visit.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Hmm...No Comments ....;;;.....;;;;

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Thanks to that two lawyers who came forward.

Posted by Faraz99 on (April 19, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

PK is not safe for any International Team (Atleast for Cricket). I hope BAN Board will accept thier court's decsion and Cancel PK Tour.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

Very sad to read comments of my bagladeshi brothers. I think Pakistan should not panic about this development. There is always dawn after dark night. Friend and enemy always checked during crisis period. In my view, we should not try too hard to stage a home series right now. Very good try by Mr. Zaka Ashraf. Long Live Pakistan.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:29 GMT)

If the petition was filed out of genuine concern for security then the news coming later in the day that Presidential form of security plan has been submitted to the ICC should give BCB a good reason to explain the decision to travel. It is hoped that sports remain within its spirit and does not blow out of proportion. Each wing of the state should be allowed to exercise its powers without undue interference.

Posted by ZsZs on (April 19, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

University teacher? Who instigated him?

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

i 100% agree with what @Armughan Altaf has written. I guess BCCI has played a major role in all this drama. I will see once the PPL starts who the so called National players of BD will come to pakistan and who will refuse. I am sure most of them will have no issue with the security by then.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Nice try, but guess what, PCB today have already sent the concerned security plan to ICC, so I think this ain't gonna cause any problem. PCB was already in process of sending this security plan to ICC and they've already sent it before this decision of Dhaka Court.

Posted by RomiIX on (April 19, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Very sad decision i must say...... The International community is constantly trying to push Pakistan Cricket back. Lots of politics is involved in cricket now. but i m sure, this will not effect the enthusiasm of Pakistan nation and spirit of Pakistan team......

Posted by Sports4Youth on (April 19, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

@ Armughan Altaf :- You'v definately got a solid point. If pakistan is safe for 25 boxers from around the world including Amir Khan then it should be safe for cricketers also. Maybe politics is infuencing all these decisions. But on the other hand the Dhaka High Court's concern for their best players also is justified in its own right.

Posted by tauhid_aks on (April 19, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Why does the court have to interfere in cricket?

Posted by Mr.Optimistic on (April 19, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

This whole tour thing has reached the "Height of Drama!" y don't they just cancel the whole thing? Enough of these Already!

Posted by shahinreza2002 on (April 19, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

Cricket lovers in Pakistan have widely welcomed the tour, on the other hand, the whole Bangladesh was against it (there were few exceptions though). Now the Court is the main decider whether Bangladesh should go there amid security concern. Hope the Court would hear the people's voice.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

bad decision by high court

Posted by ekush_tapader on (April 19, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Salute to Dhaka High Court . Excellent . We should not go to pakistan . Cricket is not bigger than life

Posted by raisul_bd on (April 19, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

happy to know that. the national players can not take risk for a personal interest.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 11:50 GMT)

I think Pakistan didn't cite any such reasons when they went to tour Bangladesh after the armed forces had taken over. In fact they visited to make sure that Bangladesh was not left alone. Pakistan remains safe for boxers from 25 countries each year including the likes of Amir Khan but cricketers are just too insecure.

Posted by   on (April 19, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

good decision.hope they never go there.

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