Bangladesh in Pakistan 2012 April 23, 2012

Bangladesh tour delay disappointing - Whatmore

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Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, has said he is "disappointed" with the postponement of Bangladesh's proposed tour of Pakistan following a court stay order. Whatmore also said that he had not faced any security issues during his two-month stay in Pakistan.

Bangladesh had agreed to visit Pakistan in the last week of this month for an ODI and a T20I, both scheduled to be played in Lahore, but the tour was delayed on April 19 with a Dhaka court ordering a four-week embargo over security concerns.

"It is a bit disappointing," Whatmore said. "We were planning to quickly get started with training, but all that has been knocked on the head with Bangladesh not coming."

Whatmore, who was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated early to Australia, coached the country of his birth to their famous 1996 World Cup triumph. "From my personal point of view, I've lived in Sri Lanka, I was born in Sri Lanka, I lived through civil war there towards the end of that problem, and I am now staying in Lahore for the last two months and move around quite freely. I really don't have any problems with security."

Whatmore said the Pakistani people were starved of international cricket, which was difficult for them given the following and history of the game in the country. "It must be really hard for the people here, but do they [the rest of the world] really know how hard it is? You need to come and witness it to really know how difficult it is for a nation that has a rich history in international cricket to keep the game going without having the ability to host overseas teams."

For Pakistan, the Bangladesh tour is more a closed chapter for the moment and the series could be scrapped from the ICC Future Tours Programme as Pakistan is unlikely to host Bangladesh at an offshore venue. The PCB is, however, focussing on launching its own lucrative Twenty20 league, and is hoping to have overseas players in it - another tactic to revive international cricket in the country. Whatmore welcomed the idea and was hopeful of its success.

"Once it is known to people in the world that the PCB is planning to do this, I'm sure there will be a lot of international cricketers looking at their schedules and see that they are available in this short period of time to come and play here. I am very hopeful that there will be some very good international cricketers coming and enjoying playing in it."

With the possibility that the Bangladesh tour might not happen, Pakistan face a spare period ahead of their away series in Sri Lanka towards the end of May. Whatmore said he would ensure the players avoided getting complacent and rusty during that time.

The PCB has recently asked its centrally-contracted players to undergo a fitness test, before they are considered for a new contract. "The fitness test was designed to give everyone an idea of where they are now and after a prescription of work to re-test and see the improvement," Whatmore said.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Eric2505 on April 26, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    There is only message for those who are trying to keep Cricket away from us -

    you cant keep pakistan away from it - not for long - it has to come back..

  • BanglafanX on April 25, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Bangladesh held World Cup 2011, gave soul to the wonderful Asia Cup, a successful BPL- players all around the World. Bangladesh is not isolated but a safe place and flying high.

  • frozendilemma on April 24, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    Cricket now is a small club of 4 countries India,Australia,England and South Africa while the rest of the teams are there but no big cash comes from them so nothing for them...Cricket stopped being a real sport a long time ago...In true sports the member countries flourish and more and more efforts are made to spread the game in different countries while in Cricket it is totally opposite...Efforts are made to shrink the game as much as they can...examples: No reward for Kenya after an amazing performance in 2003 world cup, the initial plan to restrict only 10 teams for 2015 world cup, the cruel treatment towards Zimbabwe even though both India and Zim are full members, since Bangladesh got the test status they have yet to tour India...I wonder if Andy Flower would`ve been playing for India he would`ve reached 10,000 runs by now....

  • dummy4fb on April 24, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    BANGLADESH should realize their position now,,,, South Africa refused to play series with BD which was proposed by BD,,, LOLZZZ

  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 24, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Regarding the picture of Kamran Akmal, guys, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Aizaz Cheema, Sohail Tanveer, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, and fast bowler Mohammad Irfan, have appeared for the fitness test. Whatmore is pressing for Mohammad Yousuf to come back and strengthen the middle order but I don't think Kamran Akmal would come back. I found this news on ARY NEWS. My test team for the SL series: 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar Ali 4.) Younis Khan 5.) Umar Akmal 6.) Misbah ul-haq (C) 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) 8.) Umar Gul 9.) Sadaf Hussain/Mohammad Talha 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

    ODI Team: 1.) Hafeez 2.) Nasir Jamshed 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Shahid Afridi (C) 6.) Asad Shafiq 7.) Hammad Azam 8.) Sarfraz Ahned (WK) 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Junaid Khan

    T20 team: 1.) Hafeez 2.) Imran Nazir 3.) Ahmed Shehzad 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Shahid Afridi 6.) Hammad Azam 7.) Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) 8.) Abdul Razzaq 9.) Umar Gul 10.) Saeed Ajmal 11.) Aizaz Cheema

    :)

  • PuneetM on April 24, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    It's a shame that a talented team like Pakistan is being starved of home matches. Nothing compares to an India v Pak showdown... whatever the rivalry, I hope international cricket returns to Pakistan soon.

  • Lord_Dravid on April 24, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    @third_gear..haha i totally agree with you..

  • RSBali on April 24, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Good Luck Dave, stay safe. Try to get Maldives, Nepal or Afganistan to tour; I doubt if they agree.

  • Third_Gear on April 24, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Haris Abbasi&scandalboy@ come on men be practical and accept the reallity , emotion cant give anyone profit as well. Its more honor to loose in a genuine game rather than win in a match which has been fixed already.The lesson "Honesty is the best policy" is the only lesson could be towrds a proper solution for your current pakistan team I believe.

  • dummy4fb on April 24, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    I am totally agree with whatmore that Pakistan is safe for cricket. I think it is loss of Bangladesh that they have missed the opportunity to play with big team like Pakistan and get experience. If 19 millions Pakistanis are safe and living in Pakistan then how one can say that Pakistan is a unsafe country...amazing double standard of cricketing nations.

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