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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • scandalboy on April 24, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    Completely agree with Haris Abbasi... @third_gear if you cant contribute to the solution then keep away from it and think about your team's reasons of loss against big teams. These jealous comments cant give anyone profit

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 24, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    No international player should be allowed to play T20. It should be only a domestic format. Cricket is losing its charm beacuase of it.

  • on April 24, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    @ third gear. and india should keep on playing ENGLAND, SOUTH AFRICA, AUSTRALIA and keep getting hammered 8-0. :D

  • on April 24, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Well Pakistani players must need to concentrate on their own performance rather then put more energy to play in Pakistani grounds. Try to beat some of the great team in their own grounds and put Pakistan in the first 3 Rank in every type of World Cricket. Once Pakistan did that a strong message pass to the world that Pakistan is the place where they come and beat Pakistan in Pakistan.... so we need to put that courage...

  • Third_Gear on April 24, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Basir Safi@ I agree with you. Pakistan should invite teams like AFGHANISTAN,KENYA,NAMIBIA,NEPAL,UAE,NETHERLAND,BARMUDA Keep playing with them again and again which willhelp to prove your security strength and improve cricket skill as well. All the best boys.

  • ahmerjl on April 24, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    Pak players are getting much needed rest in between the series and Dav Whatmore can spend some time to weed out the technical flaws of our opening & middle order batsmen. Sorry no more BD/SL/ZIM - PCB should focus playing short series with non-test playing countries such as Ireland, Scotland & Afghanistan as these teams are fast improving and the game as a whole can benefit if test playing nations start mingling more with the non-test playing PCB should forget about PPL as the idea may fall flat on its face if the big international stars refuse to come despite the lucrative cash to offer, instead Pak players should focus on playing Big Bash or South African Twenty20 as the players need to learn to perform better on the bouncy tracks. IPL can be self-destructive for young fast bowlers as the pitches are meant to support big hitting - we need to conserve likes of Junaid Khan & Wahab Riaz so they perform better on International stage against Australia, England, South africa, WI & Indi

  • MisbahAlam2012 on April 24, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    i would like to see pakistani players in IPL. ICC,PCB and BCCI should sit together to sort out this problem.

  • on April 24, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    It is not a tour delay... It is a tour cancelled!

  • on April 24, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Pakistan should invite Afghanistan forget about bangladesh , PAK vs AFG come and see the crowd PCB< BCB >ICC ..

  • on April 24, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    i think PCB needs to keep the players engaged in playing cricket, i think security is not that matured yet but it will however all the countries should not hesitate to play in UAE or England as that will be against the ethics of cricket. Pak players are great they always have created phenomenal records, i am sure if cricket fans around the world realize that then they all have to be supportive about continue to play series at neutral venues with an open heart.

  • lankanlioncric on April 23, 2012, 21:37 GMT

    i like this coach dav watmore. he can take a 3rd grade team n make it into something. he took up sri lanka in 90's when sri lanka was like bangladesh n made it into a good team. same with bangladesh, bangladesh before dav is so different from bangladesh after dav. dav took up BD n BD qualified in 2008/2009 WC super 8. sure he will bring pakistan to where it was before like in wasim era

  • ExplicitPlatinum on April 23, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    @sachin_champ I appreciate your concern with Pak cricket but I really hope that no more Pak players after Mahmood play in the IPL. Players like Junaid Khan, Ahmed Shehzad and Nasir Jamshed need to be groomed at international level and not to waste precious time in the IPL. The PPL is good for our players so that they can improve on domestic strucuture and Whatmore can analyse the players. The BCCI is doing fantastically of ensuring that no Pak players play in the IPL. Shahid Afridi can make his image in the PPL.

  • atacheema on April 23, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    I hope Pakistan get the oppuritunity to host international cricket....and also that other countries realize that the security system is quite efficient. The idea of PPL hosting international players is a good idea.

  • on April 23, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    Keep it up team. Our prayers with you. Just consider your focus on the cricket. Pakistani people wants to c cricket in Pak ground. we need to discuss with issue to our senior player to discuss this issue and resolve to talk with international player to tour in Pak.

  • sachin_champ on April 23, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    @ Liaq Ali : Dude... rival to IPL ? I think rivalry is a secondary matter but you guys should focus on other issues to bring other big guns on your turf . Well IPL is a well established and higly lucrative . Big Bash , BPL , PPL and other league can only run their business but cant be rivals for IPL . So first let begin PPL then bring big guns & sponsors then earn some good money then only talk like that .

  • on April 23, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Its a good thing Bangladesh is not going to Pakistan I mean who wants to see another series between Bangladesh and Pakistan? At the end of last year 2011, Pakistan toured Bangladesh for 1 T20, 3 ODIs and 2 Test Matches and just recently in 2012 in the Asia Cup they played each other twice in the first round and final plus they are going to be meeting each other again in the group stages of the T20 World Championships later in September so what's the point of this series? Its most likely Pakistan are going to win no matter how close Bangladesh come to win. I'm bored seeing the same matches over and over again in fact, I'd rather see a series between Bangladesh v Ireland in 1 T20 and 5 ODIs or Pakistan v Australia then another Bangladesh v Pakistan series, it gets boring. Last year Pakistan played a full series against Sri Lanka and won the series quite comfortably but they are going to face each other again this time in Sri Lanka home grounds. You see how messed up the schedules are?

  • sachin_champ on April 23, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    A real pity for PCB . I think India will be the first big gun to visit Pakistan bcoz of diplomacy going between two nation . But now its really hard to draw any other country tour for Pakistan . Even BD is hesitating . Well Pakistan has/had a history of hostilities . But Being a Indian Cricket Fan I am missing lots of pakistani players in IPL 5 . Rameez Raja , Aleem Daar ,Arsah rauf , Azhar Mahmood , Wasim Akram are certainly not enough .

  • on April 23, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    I would to see PPL prosper in pakistan ,really believe that it will attract good sponsers and will become a rival to IPL..

  • on April 23, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Suggestion to Whatmore: If BD not touring leave them and invite SL team. They might send their team as they also share good relations with PCB.

  • AtiqueAfzal on April 23, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Pak should have to focus on its own Premier T20 League instead of pleaing for internation Cricket in Pakistan. They should put all of their efforts to to play cricket as much as they could, any where in the world and regroup themselves, correct their weaknesses renovate their grounds to international standards. One day, International cricket is bound to return to Pakistan....our first priority should be to play cricket to stay alive in the cricketing world untill revival of international cricket in Pakistan..

  • Stark62 on April 23, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    Is that Kamran I see in the picture?!?! o.O

    Please, please don't say his back!!!!

  • getsetgopk on April 23, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    @cairo yea and you tell the same to south africa hahahah

  • on April 23, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    YOU GUYS ARE NUTS WHO SAYS THAT BANGLADESH SHOULD TRAVEL TO PAKISTAN !!! THEY WILL BE WHITEWASHED AGAIN SO ITS NO USE!!! THE BEST THING IS THAT THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THEY ORGANISED WILL BE SELL OUT !! THEN IF THEY CAN ARRANGE PAKISTAN PREMIER LEAGUE THEN ALL THE FOREIGN PLAYERS WILL BEG TO COME TO PAKISTAN !!! PPL WILL BE LIKE LALIGA LIKE SPAIN FOOTBALL !!! QUALITY PLAYERS !!!

  • Alexk400 on April 23, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Pakistan should have few exbition match like Pakistan XI vs World XI instead of league. League won't work with security issues. Exbition match is possible with throwing some money for players. They might take risk for the money. 5 game series something like that.

  • Tokai69 on April 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    How long this discussion should continue, and how this is again a big heading cricInfo?

  • hoodbu on April 23, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    It takes just one incident, Mr Whatmore. Just ask Thilan Samaraweera or Ajantha Mendis

  • on April 23, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Well, there isn't any problem playing cricket in Pakistan. Delay of Bangladesh tour seems to be much more rather than just security reasons. Bangladesh board could have given the security plan to their court. We shouldn't loose hope and the good days will definitely come.

  • on April 23, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Mr. Whatmore, why don't u approach to Australian and Srilankan cricket boards. I think they would love to send their teams if you approach.

  • on April 23, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Bangladesh should tour Pakistan its safe here now. if they dont want to tour then PCB should think about other teams like WORLD XI or ZIm or KEnaya

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    "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" [Do they really know or care?]. that sums up feeling of every pakistani. I really liked the way Wat is going about his work. I hope and pray that international cricket comes back to pakistan very soon beacuase you cant keep pakistan away from it.. not for long.. it has to come back.

  • on April 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I think BD should really tour pak!! they r already not playing anything before world t20s!! so its better to play with some risk rather than play nothing!!

  • on April 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Now PCB should focus on PPL & before srilanka tour ,in spare time PCB should organize 3 t20 matches between Pakistan 11 & world 11 & its't gonna hard for them when Rashid latif has had responsibly to bring World 11 anytime...

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

    Hahaha nice comment White. Plz tell it to India, Australia and England team.

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

    Hahaha nice comment White. Plz tell it to India, Australia and England team.

  • on April 23, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Now PCB should focus on PPL & before srilanka tour ,in spare time PCB should organize 3 t20 matches between Pakistan 11 & world 11 & its't gonna hard for them when Rashid latif has had responsibly to bring World 11 anytime...

  • on April 23, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    I think BD should really tour pak!! they r already not playing anything before world t20s!! so its better to play with some risk rather than play nothing!!

  • Syed_imran_abbas on April 23, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    "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" [Do they really know or care?]. that sums up feeling of every pakistani. I really liked the way Wat is going about his work. I hope and pray that international cricket comes back to pakistan very soon beacuase you cant keep pakistan away from it.. not for long.. it has to come back.

  • on April 23, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    Bangladesh should tour Pakistan its safe here now. if they dont want to tour then PCB should think about other teams like WORLD XI or ZIm or KEnaya

  • on April 23, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Mr. Whatmore, why don't u approach to Australian and Srilankan cricket boards. I think they would love to send their teams if you approach.

  • on April 23, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Well, there isn't any problem playing cricket in Pakistan. Delay of Bangladesh tour seems to be much more rather than just security reasons. Bangladesh board could have given the security plan to their court. We shouldn't loose hope and the good days will definitely come.

  • hoodbu on April 23, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    It takes just one incident, Mr Whatmore. Just ask Thilan Samaraweera or Ajantha Mendis

  • Tokai69 on April 23, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    How long this discussion should continue, and how this is again a big heading cricInfo?

  • Alexk400 on April 23, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Pakistan should have few exbition match like Pakistan XI vs World XI instead of league. League won't work with security issues. Exbition match is possible with throwing some money for players. They might take risk for the money. 5 game series something like that.