Pakistan news March 3, 2012

Mustafa Kamal positive about Bangladesh touring Pakistan

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Mustafa Kamal, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president, has said he will work with PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf at the ICC level to return international cricket to Pakistan. Kamal was speaking in Islamabad, after meeting with Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik to discuss security issues regarding Bangladesh's proposed tour in April.

Although no formal decision was taken at the meeting, the delegation from Bangladesh was briefed about the security arrangements the Pakistan government would make and Kamal was optimistic about the limited-overs series going ahead. The delegation will inspect facilities in Lahore and Karachi before returning home on March 5 to submit a report to the Bangladesh government.

"Now I am here to make a commitment that both Mr Zaka and I will work together to make things right at the ICC level," Kamal said. "We have our endeavour and always will work hand in hand to convince our other colleagues in the ICC to bring back cricket to Pakistan at the earliest.

"I am here with a positive frame of mind and I want us to be in a position to convince our ICC board members, so that they also agree to play in Pakistan as early as possible."

The ICC was not part of the meeting between the BCB and the Pakistan ministry and they will carry out a separate assessment of the security situation if the tour is confirmed. Malik assured the Bangladesh delegation of the security their team would be given, saying the government had taken "total political ownership" of the series.

"I have given full assurances regarding security, they will visit two stadiums, let them have a look at all those arrangements which we are proposing," Malik said in Islamabad. "I assured him [Kamal] from my side, on behalf of the government, that we have taken total political ownership of this match.

"I've also given him the prerogative that if he wants to add or subtract [to security arrangements] we will do it. We will show our capabilities, and of course then it comes to the planning, the road map, security parameters as to how we're going to take care of things. So all those things at international standard, they all will be met."

Two members from the Bangladesh delegation went to Karachi to witness the security arrangements that would be put in place should a match go ahead at the National Stadium there.

There are two itineraries proposed at present: one is a three-ODI series and the other is two ODIs and one Twenty20 international to be completed in a week in April. Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium and Karachi's National Stadium are the potential venues.

"This is the first step, and I am sure they will be fully satisfied with the security plan being given by the ministry and by the provinces of Sindh and Punjab," Ashraf said, "And when they go back home, they go back home fully satisfied."

It is three years to the day that terrorists with guns attacked the bus carrying the Sri Lankan team to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, and several players and officials were wounded. Since then, no international side apart from Afghanistan, has toured Pakistan. They were removed as co-hosts of the 2011 World Cup and have been playing their home bilateral series at offshore venues such as England, New Zealand and the UAE.

Edited by George Binoy

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on March 5, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Thats harsh words salman be cool Bangladesh is producing some good individual players like shakaib Ashrafull Mortaza and a spinner i dont remember his name they really need to jell as a unit may be they learn by time !

  • ransr5 on March 5, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    its not about muslim or non muslim countries. but who would take the risk, if someone gets hurt in bangladesh squad. this is the worst decision ever made by bangladesh.

  • on March 4, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    @Fieldsight Meh I'm not interested in whether they should come or not. I won't suggest the tour myself simply because it has no monetary value as their is no market for it. You can only blame Bangladesh for it. They really need to be stripped off with their test status.

  • sarmin80 on March 4, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    I WISH THAT BANGLADESH WILL VISIT VERY SOON IN PAKISTAN. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR BOTH TEAMS.

  • Tokai69 on March 4, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    I am a well wisher of Pak cricket and respect their contribution to this game. Pakistan still not ready to host international cricket under this present govt. We don't believe the current minister in charge and his talks. Eventhough Bangladesh goes there, it will not encourage other nations to jump in to the same boat immidiately. So, what is the objective to rush Bangladesh visit Pakistan? Instead, wait until a new government would take chage, renovate or construct your cricket facelities, raise security awarness internally and try to convince not only BCB, ICC and others too.

  • Fieldsight on March 4, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Comment posted by Salman Raza on (March 04 2012, 15:02 PM GMT) , is really disappointing, the issue is security and not the game, but I guesss there are illogical people every where, like Musta Kamal , the BCB president, who is spearheading the tour, risking the entire team for God knows what reason.

    But there are logical and open minded people everwhere as well, thanks to Mansoor Iqbal on (March 04 2012, 05:33 AM GMT) , who I think do not want to jeopardize Pakistan's rising credibility in cricket with another mistake made by conniving, smiling bureaucrates

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @zaf100 it will definately be a mouth watering one in the 18th

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    now i am seeing that some pak mates saying that is nothing to be worried about and some are saying dont trust rehman malik.i personally feel that mustufa kamal is doing all this for becoming the icc president and not for cricket and not for fans.bd football team visit was different because it wasnt an international incident.i do believe that cricket must return to pakistan,but the concern for the player safety musty be understood.we dont want another SRI LANKA INCIDENT

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Considering the sort of pathetic performances that Bangladesh keeps throwing away do they really have a choice to decline an international invite? When you don't have the talent, you don't have much options. Just make your lemonade while you still have the chance!

  • dmqi on March 4, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    PCB SHOULD TRY A ODI SERIES WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY INCLUDED, MAY BE WI OR SL AND AFGANISTAN. WITH TIGHT SECURITY, PLAY 3/4 MATCH,IF SUCCESSFUL IT WILL OPEN BIGGER OPPORTUNITY. ICC SHOULD NOT PLAY POLITICS,RATHER COME FORWARD TO HELP. CRICKET IS CONTROLLED BY 2/3 BIG COUNTRIES WITH MONEY AND MUSSEL,THAT MUST STOP.

  • on March 5, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Thats harsh words salman be cool Bangladesh is producing some good individual players like shakaib Ashrafull Mortaza and a spinner i dont remember his name they really need to jell as a unit may be they learn by time !

  • ransr5 on March 5, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    its not about muslim or non muslim countries. but who would take the risk, if someone gets hurt in bangladesh squad. this is the worst decision ever made by bangladesh.

  • on March 4, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    @Fieldsight Meh I'm not interested in whether they should come or not. I won't suggest the tour myself simply because it has no monetary value as their is no market for it. You can only blame Bangladesh for it. They really need to be stripped off with their test status.

  • sarmin80 on March 4, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    I WISH THAT BANGLADESH WILL VISIT VERY SOON IN PAKISTAN. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR BOTH TEAMS.

  • Tokai69 on March 4, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    I am a well wisher of Pak cricket and respect their contribution to this game. Pakistan still not ready to host international cricket under this present govt. We don't believe the current minister in charge and his talks. Eventhough Bangladesh goes there, it will not encourage other nations to jump in to the same boat immidiately. So, what is the objective to rush Bangladesh visit Pakistan? Instead, wait until a new government would take chage, renovate or construct your cricket facelities, raise security awarness internally and try to convince not only BCB, ICC and others too.

  • Fieldsight on March 4, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Comment posted by Salman Raza on (March 04 2012, 15:02 PM GMT) , is really disappointing, the issue is security and not the game, but I guesss there are illogical people every where, like Musta Kamal , the BCB president, who is spearheading the tour, risking the entire team for God knows what reason.

    But there are logical and open minded people everwhere as well, thanks to Mansoor Iqbal on (March 04 2012, 05:33 AM GMT) , who I think do not want to jeopardize Pakistan's rising credibility in cricket with another mistake made by conniving, smiling bureaucrates

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    @zaf100 it will definately be a mouth watering one in the 18th

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    now i am seeing that some pak mates saying that is nothing to be worried about and some are saying dont trust rehman malik.i personally feel that mustufa kamal is doing all this for becoming the icc president and not for cricket and not for fans.bd football team visit was different because it wasnt an international incident.i do believe that cricket must return to pakistan,but the concern for the player safety musty be understood.we dont want another SRI LANKA INCIDENT

  • on March 4, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Considering the sort of pathetic performances that Bangladesh keeps throwing away do they really have a choice to decline an international invite? When you don't have the talent, you don't have much options. Just make your lemonade while you still have the chance!

  • dmqi on March 4, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    PCB SHOULD TRY A ODI SERIES WITH ANOTHER COUNTRY INCLUDED, MAY BE WI OR SL AND AFGANISTAN. WITH TIGHT SECURITY, PLAY 3/4 MATCH,IF SUCCESSFUL IT WILL OPEN BIGGER OPPORTUNITY. ICC SHOULD NOT PLAY POLITICS,RATHER COME FORWARD TO HELP. CRICKET IS CONTROLLED BY 2/3 BIG COUNTRIES WITH MONEY AND MUSSEL,THAT MUST STOP.

  • on March 4, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Hope to see Bangladesh here also India and Srilanka must visit Pakistan especially regional teams needs to support Pakistan because Pakistan always stood to regional teams in the hour of need !

  • on March 4, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    give it a break will you,why they shouldnt come to pakistan?cause india doesnt wants it,huh pakistan deserves to play at home with the security situation being alot better than it ever was in last 5 years and considering pakistan,s contribution to the game ,opions of some frustrated hater doesnt change things,whats the agenda for not letting pakistanis play at ipl?isolation, isnt it,so stop destroying the game which dont even have more than 9 full members

  • Third_Gear on March 4, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Since AHM Mostafa Kamal the BCB president has a personal agenda I am sure he will not decline this tour,finding no way I will request to ICC not to consent this tour bcoz another attack or bloodshed of on cricketers will be degrading than ever which strain we will never be possible to wash out as well as the young generation will be frightened to to become cricketers due to the psychological impact of these incidents, people will pronounce the word CRICKET frightenly which will also add some more words with cricket and its history like: Blood,rifle,grenade,attack.bullet,injured SO PLEASE PLEASE for the sake of the goodness of cricket DROP the idea for the time being and SAFE GUARD cricket, the game of peace from the effect of black hands.

  • on March 4, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    We don't want our players to die, Kamal is doing this for his own benefit...Law has done the right thing, as a coach he thought about his players, while our board president..........sad!!

  • ransr5 on March 4, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    this is one of the stupid mistake ever for bangladesh. when no other country is taking the risk, why should bangladesh should take the risk. i don't get it. Pakistan is trying to play their double minded game with bangladesh. come on man.

  • on March 4, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Being a PAkistani i dont want any international team coming to PAkistan until the next government comes into power. Hopefully when Imran Khan becomes Prime Minster of Pakistan , situation would be much calmer than now. IMO Only then an international team should be invited.

  • getsetgopk on March 4, 2012, 2:23 GMT

    I have never seen so many scared faces on cricinfo before. LOL

  • johnathonjosephs on March 4, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    There should be no problems with Bangladesh and Afghanistan touring Pakistan. I fear that the non-Muslim countries will be the ones that are targeted

  • on March 4, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    nothing will be happen with anyone. who need these bengali players, there are millions of bengali living in pakistan dont worry, no one will disturb cricket more, last time some culprits

  • MWaqqar on March 3, 2012, 22:34 GMT

    BD should not make the mistake of visiting Pak. They will be specfically and surely targeted, being a high profile tour. No matter how good security is terror attack is possible. However I doubt this tour will materialise since ICC would not take the risk of sending Match Referee Umpires. Moreover a very brave official would agree to come to Pak after what happened to the vehicle carrying match officials of SL test, that vehicle was hit even worse then the SL bus.

  • zaf100 on March 3, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    Let me remind people Dav Whatmore is already in Pakistan and if Stuart Law or any other white guy refuses to travel to Pakistan with Bangladeshi team than BCB should terminate their contracts straight away because it's not Stuart Laws decision to decide where Bangladesh should play. I am sure Pakistan will provide best possible security to Bangladesh cricket team. ICC shouldn't have double standards when it comes to Pakistan cricket because I feel ICC dance on Indian tunes because of money reasons. I think time has come for all cricket boards to help Pakistan to bring international cricket back to Pakistan because Pakistan is very vital for international cricket. When Pakistan play against India whole world stops and watch cricket. When Pakistan play against any other team it's just another match. Cricket lovers waiting for another mouth watering clash on 18th march.

  • on March 3, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    The security situation in Pakistan is not all that great , we should not rush to bring International cricket to Pakistan.Even if Bangladesh does come , I am sure a lot of other sides will still be reluctant to tour the country.

  • on March 3, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    This same guy promised of a "Presidential Security" for the visiting Sri Lankan Team back in 2008, and every one knows what type of "security" that was. Being a Pakistani, I won't recommend anyone to listen to this guy. We have elections coming up at this end of this year, so everyone should wait for the next Govt. before sending their teams to Pakistan.

  • on March 3, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Who will take responsibility if something happens to the Bangladeshi cricketers? The BCB president, Mustafa Kamal, is arranging this tour only for his personal interests. He needs PCB's support to become the ICC president. I hope that our cricketers don't have to pay the price for his greed :S

  • Crikoot on March 3, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    If St Law resigns--it will be good for Bangladesh. As a coach he failed to deliver. He was coach for Sylhet in the recent BPL and the team was at the bottom. There's always an alternative -- at times it could be even better! So, don't worry!

    !

  • on March 3, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    We are thankful to Mustafa Kamal, first for allowing pakistani players to play in BPL and now hopefully sending BD team to Pakistan. Usman

  • on March 3, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    I hope that the Bangladeshi players and staff will make their life insured heavily so that they and their family members can sleep peacefully. Pakisthan is the most dangerous place in this planet.

  • on March 3, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    badluck if something will happen again wz Bang c t

  • on March 3, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    well done Bangladesh and hope to see you performing in Pakistani grounds soon inshAllah.

  • on March 3, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Pakistanis should forget 'CRICKET IN PAKISTAN' till the time ICC is under control of India!

  • on March 3, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    It was better if the series takes place in UAE ...... BANGLADESH CRICKET TEAM DIDN'T COME TO UAE for YEARS ........

  • Rezaul on March 3, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Might be a good news for Pakistan cricket but not for Bangladesh cricket team. These officials are putting their life in danger. When ICC is maintaining reservation then there is point of going their into such chaos when bomb blasts are so frequent. And foreign players are going to be their easy victim. I am afraid whether Mustafa Kamal is completing his personal agenda to be ICC president by sacrificing security concerns and forcing the team to tour in the land of uncertainty.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on March 3, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    How BD team can visit Pakistan when Stuart Law & Cricketer's Welfare Association of BD denied it? Some Pakistani fans said they will b Thankful to BD & Minister Mr. Rehman said his government had taken "total political ownership" of the series. But this security couldn't save Lankan team or Benazir. It won't b wise if BCB decides to make tour of National team without consulting ICC & their Govt, more importantly the Cricketers. I afraid that their is still some disbelief in BD people about Pakistani condition due to historical reason. So BCB must b professional & careful for this sensitive issue.

  • on March 3, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    The BCB should never trust Rehman Malik and the so called Security Officials.They are a bunch of incompetent government officials.We know Rehman Malik better then the BCB officials.He has this habit of leaving his friends in trouble and make a way for himself.What happened to Benazir Bhutto? He was the security in charge then.Now he insists he was not.Can we believe him? I don't think the foreigners should come here unless until the next general elections.We do want cricket here in Pakistan to see ours and international teams performing but we also want our guests to return to their homes safe and sound.And with this government i don't see that. I remember the words of Kumar Sangakkara about what he was thinking when Tharanga Paranvithana ,on his debut tour,shouting "I have been hit". Sanga said :I see him and I think: "Oh my God, you were out first ball, run out the next innings and now you have been shot. What a terrible first tour."

  • Tokai69 on March 3, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Bangladesh government should observe the matter closely that Mr. Kamal is not rushing to have some personal benefit out of it. End of the day it's the responsibility of the government to ensure the security of the players. If there is any confusion, it's not worth to take the risk. I wish good luck of Pakistanis on this regards

  • on March 3, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    ''Persnly,i thnk dat no team shud tour pak til next genrl electcns.cant trust dis govt n rehman malik anymore'' same thought here

  • on March 3, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    even law doesnt go,the team will still go to pakistan.dont worry we will help pakistan to bring back int cricket---bd fan.

  • AlanHarrison on March 3, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    It certainly would be good for cricket to have tours successfully going to Pakistan again.

  • cisco420 on March 3, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    First Bangladesh government should ask Mr Rehman Malik, where are the culpurits who fired on the Sri Lankan team. They should be caught and killed before any team comes and play in pakistan. The guys were on every tv in pakistan still they were not caught. Its all such a big joke. As much as i want cricket to come back to pakistan, this is the reality and we should start facing the facts.

  • on March 3, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    No comment. I pray for the safety of everyone in the tour party if they decide to come to Pakistan.

  • on March 3, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    it is great news for Pakistan. the people of pakistan should remember this and should express their gratitude to us for sending our national cricket..

  • Shah.Fahad on March 3, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    We will Be Really Thankful to Bangladesh if they braught back cricket to pakistan we are dying for cricket please bring back cricket for us please please. cricket is the one platform where we all get together and forget all bad deeds we did to each other so please give us something to cheer on and please bring back cricket.

  • on March 3, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I have learned that Stewart Law is not wishing to go then how it is possible?

  • on March 3, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    hope we will see once again international cricket in pakistan... i think if there would be a trilateral ODI series between pakstan,afghanistan,and bangladesh it would be better.

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Great news! hope everthing goes well....

  • Third_Gear on March 3, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Bangladesh coach Stuart Law has already denied to visit Pakistan which is scheduled on April , he has also threatened the BCB of resigning in case he is forced to be part of the Team,I remember about 6 months back Bangladesh National Football Team COACH had also escaped from the country just two days before the Pakistan visit and denied the same. Now, can anyone tell me how BANGLADESH can help PAKISTAN to bring cricket back there untill a credible improvement of security situation???

  • Zamana on March 3, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Wasn't he the same character who was in charge of the "Presedential level" security for the Sri Lankan team and also the Security Chief for Benazir. We all know what happened there. Pakistan is capable of hosting international cricket and attracting foreign investment- but not when such incompetent and unprincipled people run the show. Pakistan can wait till a sincere and committed leadership assumes responsibility.

  • bharath74 on March 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Barter system at its best. Does any of the Cricket administrators bother about Cricketers safety??

  • Mappi on March 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Its time for PCB to look ahead and start doing renovation works at both Karach & Lahore stadiums they are in awful condition, stadiums should be build up with new standard, quality and full facilities, so us the spectators should enjoy watching the game in near future, Int'l cricket wont return in Pakistan overnight start working from today. We welcome any Int'l cricket back in Pakistan.

  • muneeb2012 on March 3, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Persnly,i thnk dat no team shud tour pak til next genrl electcns.cant trust dis govt n rehman malik anymore

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  • muneeb2012 on March 3, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Persnly,i thnk dat no team shud tour pak til next genrl electcns.cant trust dis govt n rehman malik anymore

  • Mappi on March 3, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    Its time for PCB to look ahead and start doing renovation works at both Karach & Lahore stadiums they are in awful condition, stadiums should be build up with new standard, quality and full facilities, so us the spectators should enjoy watching the game in near future, Int'l cricket wont return in Pakistan overnight start working from today. We welcome any Int'l cricket back in Pakistan.

  • bharath74 on March 3, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    Barter system at its best. Does any of the Cricket administrators bother about Cricketers safety??

  • Zamana on March 3, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Wasn't he the same character who was in charge of the "Presedential level" security for the Sri Lankan team and also the Security Chief for Benazir. We all know what happened there. Pakistan is capable of hosting international cricket and attracting foreign investment- but not when such incompetent and unprincipled people run the show. Pakistan can wait till a sincere and committed leadership assumes responsibility.

  • Third_Gear on March 3, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Bangladesh coach Stuart Law has already denied to visit Pakistan which is scheduled on April , he has also threatened the BCB of resigning in case he is forced to be part of the Team,I remember about 6 months back Bangladesh National Football Team COACH had also escaped from the country just two days before the Pakistan visit and denied the same. Now, can anyone tell me how BANGLADESH can help PAKISTAN to bring cricket back there untill a credible improvement of security situation???

  • on March 3, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Great news! hope everthing goes well....

  • on March 3, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    hope we will see once again international cricket in pakistan... i think if there would be a trilateral ODI series between pakstan,afghanistan,and bangladesh it would be better.

  • on March 3, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    I have learned that Stewart Law is not wishing to go then how it is possible?

  • Shah.Fahad on March 3, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    We will Be Really Thankful to Bangladesh if they braught back cricket to pakistan we are dying for cricket please bring back cricket for us please please. cricket is the one platform where we all get together and forget all bad deeds we did to each other so please give us something to cheer on and please bring back cricket.

  • on March 3, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    it is great news for Pakistan. the people of pakistan should remember this and should express their gratitude to us for sending our national cricket..