Pakistan news March 4, 2012

BCB 'satisfied' with Pakistan security arrangements

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The Bangladesh delegation sent to inspect security arrangements in Pakistan is "satisfied" with the infrastructure and BCB president Mustafa Kamal has said he is keen to send the Bangladesh team on a tour of Pakistan. Now, both boards are seeking consent from the ICC to go ahead with the tour that is proposed for April this year.

"After seeing all the security arrangements all of us agree and are satisfied that the security infrastructure is in place," Kamal said at a press conference in Lahore. "Now it is my responsibility to convince my government to allow the tour and also request the ICC to approve the tour. Since the ICC governs and regulates the game we have to take this issue to them and must bring it to their notice that we want to send a team."

A nine-member delegation, headed by Kamal, had been sent on a two-day visit to Pakistan to observe a demonstration of the security plan for the proposed series. Kamal had said he was positive about the tour after a meeting in which the security plan was explained on Saturday. On Sunday, there was a full demonstration in Lahore, which involved more than 500 policemen being deployed between the Pearl Continental hotel, where the players will stay, to the Gaddafi Stadium. The Bangladeshi delegates, along with members of the PCB, including chairman Zaka Ashraf, were transported from the Pearl Continental hotel to the ground by a bus that was surrounded by two police jeeps, a police truck and several motorbikes.

There were two helicopters patrolling the sky at the stadium, and a mock evacuation via helicopter was also carried out to demonstrate how players or spectators could be rescued in case of an incident. The officials observed the same security protocol that would be in place should an international match be hosted by the stadium.

"We are here for three objectives," Kamal said, "One is to see the infrastructure, second to get information about the security plan and third to see the capability to execute the plan, and definitely all of us agree that all the segments were in place."

There has been no international cricket in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by terrorists on March 3, 2009, following which Pakistan were also stripped of the matches they were to host during the 2011 World Cup. Kamal said the ICC might have a different outlook this time since they were being directly approached by another member board.

"We will be approaching the ICC and telling them that we are keen to come to Pakistan. Here lies the difference: earlier nobody approached them, this time we will be approaching them in a positive way. We must get them engaged; we must get their consent. It is the beginning of the process [to return international cricket to Pakistan], which was stalled for the past couple of years."

The ICC has not sent any representatives to Pakistan for a security assessment of the proposed tour yet but will do so before it agrees to send its match officials for any games in Pakistan.

Zaka Ashraf said he was optimistic that the ICC would give their consent since both countries' boards had agreed to the tour. "I have personally met with the ICC chief; they want to see international cricket return to Pakistan, and were supportive, but the only concern was security," Ashraf said. "Now that we have the Bangladesh security team here and they are satisfied, the ICC's role is important."

There are two itineraries proposed for the tour, one of which includes a three-match ODI series, and the other a series of two ODIs and one Twenty20 international, to be completed in one week in April. Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium and Karachi's National Stadium are the venues expected to host the matches.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Pakistan is not safe for any team. ICC should suspend Cricket in Pakistan for next 10 years. Poor Sri Lankans got fooled last time when India refused to tour them. Its Bangaldesh's team!

  • POSTED BY S.A.Siddiqui on | March 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Dont blame Aussies and Britishers. It had been our own security authorities responsible for the attack on Sri Lankan Team and than the arrogance not to properly handle the situation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Thats good gesture by Kamal tour must go ahead now !

  • POSTED BY Silverlion on | March 6, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    The bangladeshi delegates may be satisfied as was the Srilankan president just before march 2009. But will the Bangladesh government endorse this. It is hard to say. Besides it is not a good time to visit this country. One more attack and Pakistan might be a no go area.

  • POSTED BY IshaqMalik on | March 5, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    correction: adversary => adversity (damn you Mac auto-correct).

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @Adithya Raghunathan inshallah!

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    INSHALLAH cricket will return to pakistan.INSHALLAH AUSTRALIA will tour Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    when aussies can sign contract for coaching and a britisher can sign for fielding coach then how come others cant come to pakistan , purely for the sake of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Great efforts by the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf if Bangladesh cricket team will come Pakistan then it would be a great acheivement for Zaka Ashraf and for Pakistan cricket.......And INSHA-ALLAH it will happen soon :)

  • POSTED BY sfjamal on | March 5, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    This is all political move. Kamal had an agreement with PCB to vote for his presidency and in return; Cricket will return to Pakistan by Bangla visiting. PCB and BCB, please make wise decision for the sake of cricket and people of Pakistan; Not to satisfy your personal agendas. I believe Pakistan is not ready for International Cricket yet. And even though this series goes well, still environment is not secure enough for other teams.

  • POSTED BY on | March 7, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Pakistan is not safe for any team. ICC should suspend Cricket in Pakistan for next 10 years. Poor Sri Lankans got fooled last time when India refused to tour them. Its Bangaldesh's team!

  • POSTED BY S.A.Siddiqui on | March 6, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Dont blame Aussies and Britishers. It had been our own security authorities responsible for the attack on Sri Lankan Team and than the arrogance not to properly handle the situation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 6, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Thats good gesture by Kamal tour must go ahead now !

  • POSTED BY Silverlion on | March 6, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    The bangladeshi delegates may be satisfied as was the Srilankan president just before march 2009. But will the Bangladesh government endorse this. It is hard to say. Besides it is not a good time to visit this country. One more attack and Pakistan might be a no go area.

  • POSTED BY IshaqMalik on | March 5, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    correction: adversary => adversity (damn you Mac auto-correct).

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    @Adithya Raghunathan inshallah!

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    INSHALLAH cricket will return to pakistan.INSHALLAH AUSTRALIA will tour Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    when aussies can sign contract for coaching and a britisher can sign for fielding coach then how come others cant come to pakistan , purely for the sake of cricket

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Great efforts by the PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf if Bangladesh cricket team will come Pakistan then it would be a great acheivement for Zaka Ashraf and for Pakistan cricket.......And INSHA-ALLAH it will happen soon :)

  • POSTED BY sfjamal on | March 5, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    This is all political move. Kamal had an agreement with PCB to vote for his presidency and in return; Cricket will return to Pakistan by Bangla visiting. PCB and BCB, please make wise decision for the sake of cricket and people of Pakistan; Not to satisfy your personal agendas. I believe Pakistan is not ready for International Cricket yet. And even though this series goes well, still environment is not secure enough for other teams.

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    this is soo stupid that an Ausies is coaching a pak team and got contract of two years and the coach of BD refuse to come ,wat a reducliouse this is been.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    we welcome to bangladesh on their nice decision made by mustafa kamal chairman bcb . ALL THE CRICKET LOVERS ARE WAITNING FOR CRICKET IN PAKISTAN BUT SOME IDIOTS DONT WANT TO SEE THAT PAKISTANI CRICKET REBUILD AND HAVE A SPLENDID FUTURE . INSHALLAH THERE WILL WE GREAT FUTURE OF CRICKET IN PAKISTAN .

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    lord krishna wil save you all !!!! everything will be okay

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | March 5, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    For Bangladesh, it is a loss-loss situation. First loss, risking the lives of the cricketers, 2nd loss, Lotus Kamal as the ICC president.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | March 5, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge: In that case we shall see you in the desert as we did recently LOL

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff, we Pakistanis know that its badly hurting some poor souls. Keep your suggestions to yourself. We know very well how to come out of these issues and will prove to the world.

  • POSTED BY Asif_Iqbal on | March 5, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    I dont think ICC will allow also they will not send thier offical

  • POSTED BY AJ_Tiger86 on | March 5, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    This is a political decision to get Mustafa Kamal become the ICC president. So, this is going to be a one-off series. No other team will tour Pakistan in near future. Also, they should change the name of the "Gaddafi" Stadium as soon as possible.

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | March 5, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    InshAllah everything will be okay !!

  • POSTED BY Usmanpak55 on | March 5, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    It is a very good news for pak cricket.pak people love cricket from the core of their hearts.it was unfortunate that sri lankans were attacked but they showed heart by saying that they wud love to come again to pak.it was bad security planning that lead to the attack but things have changed now.the security is much better.its time to show faith in pak security.bangladesh will do a huge favour if they tour pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | March 5, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    I somehow doubt ANY nations will want to play in Pakistan due to the ever present security issues, at least not in the next 10-20 years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    nice Planing?? his chairman?????

  • POSTED BY qasimjaved on | March 5, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    This is shocking. ESPNCricinfo should fire Umar Farooq, Dustin Silgardo and hire me instead. "Satisfied" misspelled in the headline. Am surprised no one else has noticed this yet.

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    While we are at it, how about we also invite Afghanistan to come and play a couple of matches in Pakistan?? Would help the both teams out...

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Brilliant, atlast we will be having an international team visiting Pakistan this Year :).This will encourage the other nations to visit and play in Pakistan as well.

  • POSTED BY K.A.K on | March 5, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    @ Ramesh Joseph, Short tours is the way to go as confidence building tours. In the longer run, full trips should be planned. This is a very positive development. Bangladesh, Pakistan and cricket in general will benefit from this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    we'r waiting for u Bangladesh....come soon :) and thanks for the support...

  • POSTED BY mihir_nam on | March 5, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    PCB should host triangular ODi or T20 with some leading associate/aff ODI team with Bangladesh.. anyways 5Odi's or even 3odi's with meaningless Bangladesh are boring.. Atleast Pakistan will have 2 international teams visiting Pakistan.. Ireland and Afghanistan are looking for exposure...their games with Bangladesh will be exciting . Pakistan Toured Ireland for 2ODI's ..Ireland should also show support to Pakistan after accessing security. Even Afghanistan should be given a chance to show their Talent against Bangladesh .

  • POSTED BY sherishahmir on | March 5, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Thanks for the BCP for this support, their plans to bring the international cricket to PaK, this is the time to reinforce friendship by BCCI and Sri Lankan Board by moving forward and support the initiatives to bring internatinal cricket in Pak and for the sake of future development of game in subcontinent. We know terrorism is a menace and felt sad over what happened in Mumbai, with Srilankan cricketers in Pak and shifting of IPL to South Africa.

  • POSTED BY Ramesh_Joseph on | March 5, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    A week long tour will not prove anything about the security situation. There should have been a full tour with tests, ODIs and T20s.

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 5:23 GMT

    Shukar Allah that Bangladesh cricket team is coming to Pakistan and international cricket is starting in pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    i m planning to go lahore to see it in stadium. Shafiq islamabad.

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Doubt the Lankans will go there anytime soon :P

  • POSTED BY on | March 5, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    nice progression... :)

  • POSTED BY redneck on | March 5, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    while this is good news for pakistan it wont change much in the eyes of england, australia, west indies, south africa, india or new zealand. if the option to play in the UAE is possible these countries will always push for that. sending a western team to pak is different than sending a nation that used to be formally known as east pakistan. they are also muslim and therefore less of a target too. i hope it goes well for pakistans sake but along way off hosting big teams. even getting one of those boards to even ponder touring is a acomplishment as im sure a straight out NO is going to be the answer.

  • POSTED BY MENDIS_Forever on | March 5, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    A great news! Wish Pakistan and Bangladesh all the best!.

  • POSTED BY woodhaven on | March 5, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    kamal would be satisfied even before the trip started. he wants to sacrifice team for his ICC president role. he doesnt care for team. ICC should stop him for the good of cricket

  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | March 5, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    I think this is a positive step for both countries. I also hope BD players can go on an exchange program to play FC matches and vice versa. That will only bolster BD FC quality and status. You get better only when playing against quality. I hope to see good co-operations between PCB and BCB to bolster each others quality and infrastructure. BCB always states that we need more FC matches - here is your chance. Toomuch lip service from Mushfique, media. Now show us. Get your FC levels up.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 22:10 GMT

    this tour will go on ..cuz BCB president alrdy agreed exchange program with PCB head...its only a week tour..

  • POSTED BY Sports4Youth on | March 4, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    This is great news for Pakistan cricket and its people. Also great step taken by Bangladesh (BCB). Now i hope they get the clearance for the series as soon as possible. Once the series is successfully completed, Paistan should also try to get Sri Lanka for a series. From the previous dicsussion I undersand Sri Lanka is eager to support Pakistan on this issue. Also they must try to arrange a lot of matches wth other countries like WI, Afghanistan, Ireland, Zimbabwe etc. I am sure these countries wll oblige. Then the other major countries wll easily follow suit.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    come on cric world, lets give pak a chance.

  • POSTED BY ElPhenomeno on | March 4, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    I can't see why ICC should stop it. They can only advise, but if the 2 boards are in agreement it should be none of their business. Of course, if something does go wrong, no one should equally blame ICC. I still don't think PCB will be able to use this as a test case to convince some of the more established boards. Other star players will still think 3 times before even hearing about touring pakistan. Pakistan's overall mentality and social situation has to improve before any established board will bother risking their players. I wonder if BCB president will accompany the team on the tour since he is so confident of the security sitation.

  • POSTED BY FZ.Meer on | March 4, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Kamal was supported so that he ensures BD visit PAKISTAN....now news abt BD coach n other senior players not willing 2 visit PAKISTAN are utter non sense.......PCB shld show some character.....its BD itself which needs to play more cricket....dont know y PCB is acting like that.....i still feel they wont visit..hope im wrong

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | March 4, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Bangladesh going to pakistan wont convince any major teams like Ind, Eng, Aus, SA to tour pakistan because its more of a danger for them teams to tour pak than bangladesh..afterall i dont think terrorists would want to go after bangladeshis..more like indians and englishmen etc

  • POSTED BY pakwin on | March 4, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    well done pakistan may you have other countries touring the nation

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    if something happens to bangladesh team, is kamal willing to take Blame? we know he is more interested to take ICC president role than safety of bangladesh players. if something like srilanka tour of pakistan happened--what will be his answer? i guess he will smile and say, sorry i didnt see that coming?

  • POSTED BY sarmin80 on | March 4, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    I agree with BCB decision. This is the right decision at the moment. I wish well for Bangladesh cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    GREAT, good work. But now plz change the name of this GADDAFI stadium...

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 4, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Good job PCB, now it's up to Bangladesh and ICC and FICA. I hope every thing goes well and we have international cricket in Pakistan from now on. Hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Why are we risking the lives of our cricketers for the sake of Pakistan? Pakistan would never do the same for us. Who is going to take responsibility if someone dies or gets injured? Our players are certainly going to be a target. All Bangladeshis should oppose this tour.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I can't believe this story's edited version also misspells Mustafa Kamal's name in the intro.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Alright RAW start assembling your agents in Pakistan. (This is what you are best at). Curse you!

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | March 4, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    its good to c cricket back in pak...hope they r keen in security this tym...

  • POSTED BY zaffire on | March 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Payback time time for Bangladesh............Will prove decisive in development of Pakistan again as a cricket "hosting" nation.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    PCB and BCB are doing their best in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan. As a Pakistani i believe that the situation has improved a lot now. Zaka Ashraf is probably the best thing that has happened to PCB since a long time.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    it is Mustafa kamal not "Mustafa Kamla". correct the third line.

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  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    it is Mustafa kamal not "Mustafa Kamla". correct the third line.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    PCB and BCB are doing their best in bringing international cricket back to Pakistan. As a Pakistani i believe that the situation has improved a lot now. Zaka Ashraf is probably the best thing that has happened to PCB since a long time.

  • POSTED BY zaffire on | March 4, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Payback time time for Bangladesh............Will prove decisive in development of Pakistan again as a cricket "hosting" nation.

  • POSTED BY Dilruksh on | March 4, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    its good to c cricket back in pak...hope they r keen in security this tym...

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Alright RAW start assembling your agents in Pakistan. (This is what you are best at). Curse you!

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I can't believe this story's edited version also misspells Mustafa Kamal's name in the intro.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Why are we risking the lives of our cricketers for the sake of Pakistan? Pakistan would never do the same for us. Who is going to take responsibility if someone dies or gets injured? Our players are certainly going to be a target. All Bangladeshis should oppose this tour.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | March 4, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Good job PCB, now it's up to Bangladesh and ICC and FICA. I hope every thing goes well and we have international cricket in Pakistan from now on. Hope for the best.

  • POSTED BY on | March 4, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    GREAT, good work. But now plz change the name of this GADDAFI stadium...

  • POSTED BY sarmin80 on | March 4, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    I agree with BCB decision. This is the right decision at the moment. I wish well for Bangladesh cricket.