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Mustafa Kamal positive about Bangladesh touring Pakistan

Umar Farooq

March 3, 2012

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BCB president Mustafa Kamal and PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf meet with Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik, Islamabad, March 3, 2012
Pakistan's interior minister Rehman Malik (centre) with BCB president Mustafa Kamal (left) and PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf © AFP
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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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Posted by   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 !

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (March 4, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   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!

Posted by 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.

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