Pakistan news January 11, 2013

Pakistan players' BPL stints in doubt


Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, said Pakistan players would play in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) but indicated that their presence could depend on the BCB agreeing to a tour of Pakistan.

The BPL is scheduled to begin on January 18 and several Pakistan players were sold at its auction last month. Their participation, however, could hinge on the BCB's response to Ashraf's comments. There has been a lot of talk of Bangladesh touring Pakistan but with security continuing to be a concern, there have been no concrete steps forward.

"Bangladesh almost toured Pakistan but at the last moment they pulled out over the security concern and I don't want to repeat this again," Ashraf said at the unveiling of the Pakistan Super League in Lahore. "We can't send our players like this, as Bangladesh have an agreement to fulfill. If they decide to come Pakistan and play then we will consider supporting and favoring them [in this matter]."

The BPL also clashes with the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier first-class event, and the PCB said it wouldn't be fair to disrupt the players' commitments to their teams.

The PCB and BCB have been discussing a short Bangladesh tour to Pakistan since 2011, but have faced hurdles. A proposed tour in April 2012 was postponed because of an order from a Dhaka court, and another proposal for a tour in January this year was rejected by the BCB on security grounds. Pakistan have not hosted international cricket since the 2009 terror attacks on the Sri Lanka team bus and have played all their home matches at off-shore venues such as England and the UAE.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Kashif on January 14, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    ofcourse we have the same standard of security here in pakistan. we condemn all the bombing and terorist attacks across the world. If BCB felt there was a security risk then why commit in first place. They should have just rejected it and not traded a false commitment to gain personal benefit of getting a vote in ICC.

  • Shoaib on January 14, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Nobody cares whether those pak players participate or not, nothing special....@CricPak...3rd class team good enough to sweat Pakistan at the Asia Cup and beat West Indies, Sri Lanka, Ireland and India but what are you? 4th class, 5th class? :)

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 14, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    @Fearless_Greens on (January 14 2013, 00:47 AM GMT) brother don't you think you are missing the points.....OK the written agreement has been made by the BCB and PCB chief (According to few unclear source)....and we the people of BAN never deny to tour PAK.....But why you guys are forcing us to come at PAK while you are facing the worst security concern in last 2 years...An written agreement (I would still say its unclear) cant be bigger than the LIFE of a single citizen....Don't you think??? or in PAK you have some other STANDARDS???You might say BOMBing is happening some other parts of PAk not where we are going to play....This way you PAK people might live as its regular picture in there but BAn people cant stand for it....BAN people are getting angry along with me that why you guys are enforcing the COMMITMENT why not the SECURITY concern....Its time to wake up....Ensure your security first then We would be first to visit PAK....Till then only hard feelings from both the parts>>>>

  • KH. RAFIQUE on January 14, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Good news for PAK fans.....According to leading Bangladeshi newspaper PCB is playing the role of GANSTAR as they forced BCB that PAK players will only play in BPL if Ban Cricket team comes to PAK, Play in PCL with written agreements.........Just think PCB is bargaining with a 3rd graded BAN players to be placed on the first place.......LOL

  • Muhammad Waqas on January 14, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    And BD fans who are somehow trying to tarnish the history by saying that it was india and other countries who helped bd in getting the test status. I would say to them, guys its okay that breaking promises have become your habit but please please get your facts straight. It was Pakistan who played a major role in your test status. It does not add up when you say india helped you in getting your test status and then they dont invite you for a test series. Use your minds here plz. Secondly i think you guys have habit of sticking with past. Just like many are referring to Asia cup final there are few who are referring to 1971. I have a word of advice for you. Please move on, at least from 1971. This is 2013. We are playing cricket and not fighting wars. Keep our fights to cricket ground or cricinfo comment sections. Btw here is the solution. Kamal should step down from ICC VP and BD officially takes their commitment back. Pakistan sends their players to BPL. Case closed!!!

  • Abdur on January 14, 2013, 0:50 GMT

    It wouldn't be fair to not allow Pakistan make life changing money already some Pakistan players have arrived in Dhaka and are not listening to PCB. They even play in Bangladesh's DPL and are very happy playing and staying in Bangladesh than Pakistan :)

  • Muhammad Waqas on January 14, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    I have written this before ( I hope bd fans understand this time). BD chaps, Pakistani fans are angry because BCB made a written commitment for a tour to Pakistan and in return they received our nomination for ICC VP. Now why dont we ask Australia, England etc. to visit our country because first of all when we ask them they say security conditions are not good so sorry we cant visit your country. We say that is fine because they have not committed with us. bangl has the same right to say no in normal circumstances except that in this particular case they made a written commitment. Those of you who are saying that Kamal denies of any written commitment please listen to your current BCB chief. He has made clear that this mess is created by Kamal and he has proof that Kamal made written commitment with PCB. Now PCB does not recognize Kamal or xyz. Instead they recognize BCB and hence whoever runs BCB is obliged to carry out what Kamal promised. Got it, bd fans?

  • Shoaib on January 13, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Can't believe minnows beat India, Sri Lanka and West Indies all in the same year. 160 runs world record win by minnows :P

  • Shoaib on January 13, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    See West Indies batting :) ...

  • sheraz on January 13, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    @ NiazK please check record wht pakistan achive in first 12 years... well pakistan still got the best record among all test playing nation in frist 12 years and you bangladesh got worse record of all test playing nation.... pakistan got victory in there second test only against inida and pakistan beat england on there first tour that time beating england is like beating south africa today or aussie 10 years back.... no new team ever achive until now in first 10 or 12 years of cricket.... on the other hand u ppl got worse record .... u compare newzealand and india for 10 to 12 years but forget that time only 4 or 5 team play not like today so many other temas like ireland , holland , kenya etc are palying trust me u one of them if they paly for 12 years in today's time they will win more then your 3rd class bangladeshi team.... and please dont' compare the best team in history of test cricket with worse team in the history of cricket

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