Pakistan news March 19, 2012

Bilateral ties hinge on tour of Pakistan

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The relationship between the PCB and the BCB is likely to suffer if Bangladesh do not go ahead with the proposed tour to Pakistan in April because of security concerns, ESPNcricinfo has learnt. An implicit deal had been reached by the two boards, according to which the PCB backed BCB president Mustafa Kamal as the nominee for the ICC vice-presidency and Bangladesh would tour Pakistan in 2012.

"Ultimately, its Bangladesh's loss if they don't send their team," Zaka Ashraf told ESPNcricinfo. "We are helping them and want to have a positive relationship not only with Bangladesh, but all the nations. We want to strengthen our relationship. We have been sending our players to feature in their leagues and we expect them to respect our positive approach, after all everything is on reciprocal basis."

The ICC executive board is set to consider Kamal's nomination as its next vice-president, and president in 2014 after Alan Isaac's term. And though there have been constant doubts over whether Bangladesh will tour Pakistan, the PCB is optimistic that the drought of international cricket in the country since the terror attacks on the Sri Lankan team in March 2009 will come to an end.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCB, despite being satisfied by the proposed security arrangements for the tour to Pakistan, is seeking some support from other countries, but none has been forthcoming. 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 series, and Kamal had said he was positive about the tour going ahead.

The ICC, however, introduced a special dispensation to be made in exceptional circumstances in order to ensure bilateral series take place even if the ruling body determined it unsafe to appoint its officials for such series. It would allow such series to be manned by "non-neutral match officials."

Kamal then put the future of the tour in doubt by saying, "We won't go if everything doesn't happen within the standard practice, which is the allocation of match-referees, umpires and all things by the ICC."

While the PCB did not respond to Kamal's comments, a board official said the BCB was being leaned on by another country. "We are informed of a third-country pressure on BCB," a PCB official told ESPNcricinfo. "We understand most of the member boards aren't keen to support our move, but we are very much clear of what would be required to give Bangladesh the confidence to come to Pakistan. And we did exactly what we have to do - we have engaged the government at the superior level to satisfy Bangladesh with the security arrangements."

Since the attacks, Pakistan have played their home bilateral series at offshore venues such as New Zealand, England and the UAE but the PCB saw no commercial advantage in hosting Bangladesh at such venues. The PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf, who will be in Dhaka for the end of the Asia Cup, will make a final attempt to allay any doubts Bangladesh might have. The PCB also ruled out the possibility of talks with the BCCI. "There's no use of asking India any further," Ashraf said. "Their board doesn't want to play us and that's clearly understood."

Edited by George Binoy

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • on March 21, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Mr. CricIndia208, we win 70% matches than india! in your india we beat ur team 18 times out of 27. Indian cricket team can not cross pakistan wins over india in next 500 years. when ever record of india pakistan cricket checked on website. you are very below than us. in test we win 12 and you just 9. in ODI we win 70 and you just 47. so sad ohhhhhhhhhhhhh. plz dnt cry. and try to

  • InsanelyPositive on March 21, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    BCCI is playing its cards very well. Bangla pulls out of Pak tour, Pak pulls out of BPL, India sends players to BPL and accept few Bangla players in IPL. Win for Bangla, win for India and a big loss for Pakistan. However, in this narrow minded approach Cricket suffers. Seems BCCI has a vision to restrict cricket within India. A very shameful episode in the name of player safety. Wake up Banga, don't be pawn in the hands of BCCI

  • on March 21, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    i have been reading all the articles and comments, well i just wanna ask all the members just one simple question here. Why there is an issue for Every Cricket Team(only) to visit and play in Pakistan? where, on the same hand all other games and events likes of Kabadi, Snooker championship, Car Rally, hockey and etc are being organized successfully and players from all across the world including (India) are visiting Pakistan time to time and they take away good memories and positives after visiting Pakistan. So why there always is a (?) for Cricket only? any good and logical reason behind that?

  • Ahmed00 on March 21, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Being a Pakistani; I have a strong belief that our Govt(especially of Punjab) and PCB are responsible for the downfall of game in Pakistan. But, if Bangladeshi feel that they are free of a Dictation from BCCI; they are just fooling themselves.

  • maddy20 on March 21, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    "We are informed of a third-country pressure on BCB," . You have problem blame somebody else. Typical PCB. If you are so confident about your security why does no other team visit Pakistan. Last time I checked England and Aus don't side with India! Why are they scared. Pakistan should learn to accept the ground realities before taking a dig at BCCI or India!

  • Sports4Youth on March 21, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    From the way the pak authorities have been conductiong themselves in the last 2 years or so, i do not think that the intertionational cricket community will be keen in bringing cricket back to Pakistan. Their handling of the spot fixing saga was pathetic and thiat is puting it mildly. The ICC had to step in because they refused to initiate any proceeding against the tainted trio. Also Kamran Akmal's case has been too blatant to hide. and now Nasir Jamshed and Wahab Riaz are iin the team even though these guys had thoroghly disqualified themselves and brough ill repute to the game. Even other selections of the team are of doublfull nature. good plyaers are languishing while some surprisingly bad players are getting too many opportunities.

  • on March 21, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    pakistan players are nt even allowed in IPL, BPL is a standing platform for them. And for the people who thinks pakistani players did all the scores in BPL, here is a little info: Australian west indian and sri lankan players were also in the list, bt they had int'l games to worry abt, hence cudnt come to BPL. maybe next season they will be in bangladesh. So stop saying pakistan did a HUGE favour to BPL.

  • stormy16 on March 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I think everyone wants cricket to return to Pakistan but arent there serious security concerns in Pakistan. I also dont get these heavy handed tactics on Bangledesh - they should only tuour if its safe - surely that's not up for debate and if the ICC dont want to send their officials how can Bangledesh be expected to send the team. They must play in the UAE and be done with it rather than take unneccessary risks.

  • maddy20 on March 21, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Its not our board that does not want to play Pakistan. Its our government. I for one would love to see politics being left out of cricket. We Indian fans crave for nothing more than and India vs Pakistan full series with a min of 3 tests 5 ODIs and 3 T20s. Hopefully it will happen soon! India also has no say in the Pak vs Bangladesh issue. ICC is the one calling the shots. However I do feel touring Pakistan right now is risky. ICC has demanded a full report of Lahore attacks about 3 years ago,but the Pakistanis are yet to submit it till date on the pretext of obtining "clearance" from the government! Who is to blame?

  • satish619chandar on March 21, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Improve your security and show it to the visitors and the ICC to convince them.. What can any third country do in case everything is right in your side? It seems very kiddish to blame the third country for each and everything and some sorts of fashion for the supposed to be hosts..

  • on March 21, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Mr. CricIndia208, we win 70% matches than india! in your india we beat ur team 18 times out of 27. Indian cricket team can not cross pakistan wins over india in next 500 years. when ever record of india pakistan cricket checked on website. you are very below than us. in test we win 12 and you just 9. in ODI we win 70 and you just 47. so sad ohhhhhhhhhhhhh. plz dnt cry. and try to

  • InsanelyPositive on March 21, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    BCCI is playing its cards very well. Bangla pulls out of Pak tour, Pak pulls out of BPL, India sends players to BPL and accept few Bangla players in IPL. Win for Bangla, win for India and a big loss for Pakistan. However, in this narrow minded approach Cricket suffers. Seems BCCI has a vision to restrict cricket within India. A very shameful episode in the name of player safety. Wake up Banga, don't be pawn in the hands of BCCI

  • on March 21, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    i have been reading all the articles and comments, well i just wanna ask all the members just one simple question here. Why there is an issue for Every Cricket Team(only) to visit and play in Pakistan? where, on the same hand all other games and events likes of Kabadi, Snooker championship, Car Rally, hockey and etc are being organized successfully and players from all across the world including (India) are visiting Pakistan time to time and they take away good memories and positives after visiting Pakistan. So why there always is a (?) for Cricket only? any good and logical reason behind that?

  • Ahmed00 on March 21, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Being a Pakistani; I have a strong belief that our Govt(especially of Punjab) and PCB are responsible for the downfall of game in Pakistan. But, if Bangladeshi feel that they are free of a Dictation from BCCI; they are just fooling themselves.

  • maddy20 on March 21, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    "We are informed of a third-country pressure on BCB," . You have problem blame somebody else. Typical PCB. If you are so confident about your security why does no other team visit Pakistan. Last time I checked England and Aus don't side with India! Why are they scared. Pakistan should learn to accept the ground realities before taking a dig at BCCI or India!

  • Sports4Youth on March 21, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    From the way the pak authorities have been conductiong themselves in the last 2 years or so, i do not think that the intertionational cricket community will be keen in bringing cricket back to Pakistan. Their handling of the spot fixing saga was pathetic and thiat is puting it mildly. The ICC had to step in because they refused to initiate any proceeding against the tainted trio. Also Kamran Akmal's case has been too blatant to hide. and now Nasir Jamshed and Wahab Riaz are iin the team even though these guys had thoroghly disqualified themselves and brough ill repute to the game. Even other selections of the team are of doublfull nature. good plyaers are languishing while some surprisingly bad players are getting too many opportunities.

  • on March 21, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    pakistan players are nt even allowed in IPL, BPL is a standing platform for them. And for the people who thinks pakistani players did all the scores in BPL, here is a little info: Australian west indian and sri lankan players were also in the list, bt they had int'l games to worry abt, hence cudnt come to BPL. maybe next season they will be in bangladesh. So stop saying pakistan did a HUGE favour to BPL.

  • stormy16 on March 21, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I think everyone wants cricket to return to Pakistan but arent there serious security concerns in Pakistan. I also dont get these heavy handed tactics on Bangledesh - they should only tuour if its safe - surely that's not up for debate and if the ICC dont want to send their officials how can Bangledesh be expected to send the team. They must play in the UAE and be done with it rather than take unneccessary risks.

  • maddy20 on March 21, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Its not our board that does not want to play Pakistan. Its our government. I for one would love to see politics being left out of cricket. We Indian fans crave for nothing more than and India vs Pakistan full series with a min of 3 tests 5 ODIs and 3 T20s. Hopefully it will happen soon! India also has no say in the Pak vs Bangladesh issue. ICC is the one calling the shots. However I do feel touring Pakistan right now is risky. ICC has demanded a full report of Lahore attacks about 3 years ago,but the Pakistanis are yet to submit it till date on the pretext of obtining "clearance" from the government! Who is to blame?

  • satish619chandar on March 21, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Improve your security and show it to the visitors and the ICC to convince them.. What can any third country do in case everything is right in your side? It seems very kiddish to blame the third country for each and everything and some sorts of fashion for the supposed to be hosts..

  • striker0007 on March 21, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    @ bangla bandhu dont be too over confident with winning few matches after so many years and let me tell u if afganistan had spent that much years at international they would be world champions by now ....Bangla Cricket is wha ever today its because of pakistan and its also true that now a days ur Board is playing in the Hands of India ... We pakistanis arnt begging Bangladesh to come to Pakistan it is for there Own good and if they decide otherwise it would defo be a set back to ties

  • Kamran9558 on March 21, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    guess what, by the look of things pak is going to gift BAN ASIA cup in return of a tour from BAN

  • on March 21, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @Banglabandhu If Pakistani players would not have played BPL, who would have watched it except few Bangladeshi die hard fans?? There was no India involved and in the absence of Pakistan, BPL would be a total flop.

  • pitch_curator on March 21, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    @Reality_check -- Tomorrow you will say thrashing is only when your team wins. Shows your pettiness. If someone chasing down 330 in 48 overs comfortably and 320 in 38 overs is not thrashing then I do not know what the word means. Maybe it has to be used only when your team wins.

  • asimaquil on March 21, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to come out of the shadows of India and come forth and support an ally in cricket at its time of need.

  • eagle-pk on March 21, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    well those who crying to set international cricket back in Pakistan, somebody ask them whether it is safe for even a pakistani in pakistan yet ? it is so much risk asking international teams playing in pakistan if any incident happens again it wold be more critical for pak cricket so for PCB ! not to hurry yet, first let the country situation better, for Pakistan sake please Dont ask others team to play cricket in country YET , just hold on and wait thing will be better inshAllah .

  • Cricket_theBestGame on March 21, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    BCB requirement for icc umpires can be met with ease...the best umpire in the world is Alim Daar and in top 5 there is Asad Raouf. oh wait both are pakistani and ICC officials!!! Kamal ashraf your problem is solved. send the team over as you promised or the nomination for the top job was your sole goal in the first place?

  • xmann on March 21, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    I am pak fan. I do not think BD should visit Pak at this point, may be 6 months down the road. Reason is that for God sake anything happen during the visit, it will send Pak cricket 3 more years in wilderness. Pak still need 6months to 1 year to stablize. India always been keen to pull the rug underneath Pak on every given opportunity. Pak players not playing in IPL is blessing from skys. There are many other opportunities in South Africa, Austraiia, England, Sri Lanka and domestically. Pak dont need IPL.

  • drnaveed on March 20, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    BPL was totally dominated by the Pakistani players ,in the absence of the Indian players,who were not allowed by their board to participate in the event, in order to make it less successful as compared to the IPL. whereas , IPL is a tournament dominated mainly by the Indian players, in the absence of the Pakistani players ,who are not allowed to participate in the event , not by their board ,but by the Indian government/board, as perhaps ,they dont want that tournament to be dominated by their rivals.this shows their narrow mindness.now BD board is following cammands of the indian board in reversing their decision of sending their team to Pakistan.this is all politics,which should not come into this game.this time mr zaka, dont make any deal with mr kamal for the final,like you did previously for making their tour to Pakistan possible.

  • BanglaBandhu on March 20, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Pakistan have no legs to stand on and no bargaining power. PAK are in this position because of their countries security issues. BAN are trying to help PAK and be a bridge between the outcast PAK and other cricketing nations. PAK players are not allowed in the IPL so are playing in the BPL ... who is helping who?

  • khanq on March 20, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    @tbaakza: man u r a genius, I surely agree with u, now Pakistan must surely raise a hue and cry over visiting any country and ask for their own security clearances, no country in this world is safe, then y only pakistan? they should ask all countries to play at neutral venues home and away, unless someone tours pakistan. Zaka Ashraf did the right thing, his statement "There's no use of asking India any further," Ashraf said. "Their board doesn't want to play us and that's clearly understood." reflects the firm and astute leader. way to go man..

  • Mel-waas on March 20, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Seriously the security situation in Pakistan is not good enough for any team to visit. I don't think PCB should pressure BCB that much. Howeevr there should be an India- Pakistan Test serous in England. The subcontinental Crowd in England will love it. It will be a super success financially. plus Pakistan will Thrash India on Green seaming pitches

  • on March 20, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    Zaka was appearing too smart to be true. He has shot himself in the foot with this kind of stupid statement. He should thank them for being supportive and play a full series elsewhere. BD would be right in not touring Pakistan at this moment. I am a Pakistani and I don't think it's safe.

  • on March 20, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Yes you are quite right Mr Dilhushk India is too sked to play Pakistan and that's the bottom line Javed Sani.LA. USA.

  • senthilshanmu on March 20, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    At this only Bangladesh can tour pakistan.... By the way, India is not afraid of Pakistan.. Now India can also beat Pakistan in UAE and Sharjah...

  • reality_check on March 20, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @CricIndia208: It's NOT thrashing to win a game in 48th over. Thrashing is when you get whitewashed twice in a row.

  • Tokai69 on March 20, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    Bangladesh will support Pakistan for the shake of cricket for sure and there is a big Pakistan fan base in BAN. You have to justify the risk factor as well, if something happen (security wise) to the player, not on the BCB even the Govt will be in a big trouble at the end!

  • on March 20, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    well well well Mr. CricIndia208, your team and board (BCCI) is reluctant to play us....not we, and if you have some knowledge check the records both in ODI and Test Pakistan is far superior team than India.... 1 match cannot change the history....Indian Board should grow up & accept the challenge, rather than back door politics

  • asiacricket1234 on March 20, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    It'd be a good decision if BD choose not to tour Pakistan. That country is not safe. Its not just about the safety of players. What about the safety of people who'll come to watch the game. Zaka is wrong too. Its not Bangladesh loss if they dont tour. They can arrange series in BD and Pak player will play in BD league no matter what bcz IPL will not let them play. We are happy to respect pak cricket and thank them for their syupport but that doesnt mean we've to put our players life in danger

  • tbaakza on March 20, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    good to see zaka taking a stand that not only if bangladesh not tour pakistan we will not reciprocrate but also not asking india anymore and giving them the pleasure of refusing. we have asked and they have refused, now we should refuse to tour india and if they want to play us they can do so in the uae.

  • reality_check on March 20, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Memo to Kamal: I don't think anyone is lining up with passion to tour or invite Bangladesh. Least of all BCCI. They all do it as an obligation under FTP and usually send in second string teams or play you to practice for a better series later on. Don't let this little fact cloud your judgement.

  • tbaakza on March 20, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    good to see zaka taking a stand that not only if bangladesh not tour pakistan we will not reciprocrate but also not asking india anymore and giving them the pleasure of refusing. we have asked and they have refused, now we should refuse to tour india and if they want to play us they can do so in the uae.

  • CricIndia208 on March 20, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    India thrashed pakistan the other night. It is pakistan which is scared of playing India.

  • on March 20, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    In case Bangladesh doesn't visit Pakistan, I don't see Pakistani players going to next seasons of BPL, which I feel should be the response. Bangladesh rarely gets an invitation to play against a top tier team in their own backyard so I feel they should take this opportunity with both hands. If they dont, then they would lose a friend which has supported them in their worst cricketing times. Bangladesh you owe us atleast this one favor

  • on March 20, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    Bangladesh is a minor force, being a new to cricketing world, they will take pressure from some one who is even trying to regulate ICC. Keep the emotions aside, and think how to bring cricket to Pakistan.

    Accumulate the people who were supportive in the past, get the star, pay them and they will come. ICC is playing in the hands of India, but i am sure Aus and Eng would not allow that thing to carry on for long. Clash of Titans :) Coming soon

  • on March 20, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    when bangladesh need any support in past we support them each time now we need there support and they should sent their team...

  • Rezaul on March 20, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Mustafa Kamal has done right thing for the fist time by saying that Bangladesh wont tour Pakistan unless everything happens at standard ICC practice. I think this will work in favor of Pakistan as ICC has to send their officials if BCB and PCB agrees to play the series.

  • redneck on March 19, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    it would appear bangledesh is not wanting to offend india by touring pakistan. i dont know exactly how that offends the bcci but it seems to be the reason. has any media asked the bangledeshi players like shakib what he thinks of touring pakistan? i cant see non neutral umpires being the reason. pakistan have dar and rauf 2 of the most respected umpires in the game to officiate. i would rather them umpire a game involving pakistan than some of the neutrals going around at the momment.

  • on March 19, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    Indain cannot isolate Pakistan...we are still cricketing force....

  • Dilruksh on March 19, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    india are so damn afraid..playing pakistan

  • K.A.K on March 19, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    BCB has taken the right stance to pressure ICC to send match officials to this series. It is in Pakistan's favor. ICC should help bring back cricket to Pakistan. Bangladesh team is all set to visit Pakistan and ICC can help make it happen.

  • ZsZs on March 19, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Nice analogy Farhan. Where is the promised land?

  • nlambda on March 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    What is this about a "third country pressuring Bangladesh". It is nothing but a red herring to divert blame in case the tour does not go ahead. I bet the third country will never be mentioned explicitly by PCB officials but it will be hinted that it was us (India). Way to cover your backs, PCB!

  • ZsZs on March 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    I think the last bit of news published by ESPNCricinfo and reported by Isam was misrepresented regarding Kamal's throwing doubt into this tour. I believe Isam and Kamal is waging a personal battle as is evident by Kamal's rebuttal and Isam's rejoinder in the Daily Star. Such personal impetus should be far removed from proper journalism. ESPN Cricinfo should not be the place to wage a personal battle.

  • on March 19, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    "We are informed of a third-country pressure on BCB" its clear who is tht 3rd party..the one who is Pharaoh in cricket world..the one who thinks no MOSES will rise...but History has the habbit of coming vd Moses to kick Pharaoh out of his own land...w8 n watch !!!!

  • voyager on March 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Use this as an opportunity to develop a local professional league(even at a modest level compared to IPL and BPL), it should be played at the same time as IPL as Pakistan's players will be free. Stopped being dependent upon others. Rightly or wrongly precedent is set for neutral serieses and its not going to change anytime soon. Best Pakistan can do is to become self reliant, in the professional league some foreign participation will eventually happen and regular hosting of publicized and televized event will not only provide local activity it will also help in boosting confidence of other countries.

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Surely, Sri Lanka will be the cricketing nation to help the cricket loving Public of Pakistan.

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should go because in others sports Pakistan hold such as Hockey, International teams play in their country so I don't see why Cricket in Pakistan can again cause problems. Bangladesh should take this opportunity because other teams such as England, South Africa, Australia and even India do not even consider inviting Bangladesh to play a full series at their grounds. That's how disrespectful these countries are to the lower ranked teams but Pakistan who happen to be one of the fewest teams that backed Bangladesh to have full membership always gives them an opportunity to play in their country. Bangladesh need as much Cricket as they can because they don't play as much when really they should because they can beat the big teams and the win over India recently proves it.

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Someone twisting there Arm, more isolation for Pakistan

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Bangladesh must tour Pakistan and support them.

  • ashakoor52 on March 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    I am writing for so many days that both BCB and ICC are under BCCI influence and until or unless BCCI give them green signal, BCB will not OK the tour to Pakistan. It is all money and no sport. Cricket a Gentlemen's game has died in the hand of ungentlemen and greedy people.

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  • ashakoor52 on March 19, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    I am writing for so many days that both BCB and ICC are under BCCI influence and until or unless BCCI give them green signal, BCB will not OK the tour to Pakistan. It is all money and no sport. Cricket a Gentlemen's game has died in the hand of ungentlemen and greedy people.

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Bangladesh must tour Pakistan and support them.

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Someone twisting there Arm, more isolation for Pakistan

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should go because in others sports Pakistan hold such as Hockey, International teams play in their country so I don't see why Cricket in Pakistan can again cause problems. Bangladesh should take this opportunity because other teams such as England, South Africa, Australia and even India do not even consider inviting Bangladesh to play a full series at their grounds. That's how disrespectful these countries are to the lower ranked teams but Pakistan who happen to be one of the fewest teams that backed Bangladesh to have full membership always gives them an opportunity to play in their country. Bangladesh need as much Cricket as they can because they don't play as much when really they should because they can beat the big teams and the win over India recently proves it.

  • on March 19, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    Surely, Sri Lanka will be the cricketing nation to help the cricket loving Public of Pakistan.

  • voyager on March 19, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Use this as an opportunity to develop a local professional league(even at a modest level compared to IPL and BPL), it should be played at the same time as IPL as Pakistan's players will be free. Stopped being dependent upon others. Rightly or wrongly precedent is set for neutral serieses and its not going to change anytime soon. Best Pakistan can do is to become self reliant, in the professional league some foreign participation will eventually happen and regular hosting of publicized and televized event will not only provide local activity it will also help in boosting confidence of other countries.

  • on March 19, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    "We are informed of a third-country pressure on BCB" its clear who is tht 3rd party..the one who is Pharaoh in cricket world..the one who thinks no MOSES will rise...but History has the habbit of coming vd Moses to kick Pharaoh out of his own land...w8 n watch !!!!

  • ZsZs on March 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    I think the last bit of news published by ESPNCricinfo and reported by Isam was misrepresented regarding Kamal's throwing doubt into this tour. I believe Isam and Kamal is waging a personal battle as is evident by Kamal's rebuttal and Isam's rejoinder in the Daily Star. Such personal impetus should be far removed from proper journalism. ESPN Cricinfo should not be the place to wage a personal battle.

  • nlambda on March 19, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    What is this about a "third country pressuring Bangladesh". It is nothing but a red herring to divert blame in case the tour does not go ahead. I bet the third country will never be mentioned explicitly by PCB officials but it will be hinted that it was us (India). Way to cover your backs, PCB!

  • ZsZs on March 19, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Nice analogy Farhan. Where is the promised land?