Pakistan news December 14, 2012

PCB using BPL to bargain for Bangladesh to tour


The auction for the upcoming season of the Bangladesh Premier League, which is set to happen on December 20, has become the Pakistan Cricket Board's bargaining chip with the Bangladesh Cricket Board over their 'written commitment' to tour Pakistan. The PCB is yet to handover No-Objection Certificates to its players to participate in BPL 2013, and without them the tournament will be without 20 of its star overseas players from the inaugural edition.

The PCB and BCB have been discussing a short tour of Pakistan, which would mark the return of top-flight international cricket to the country for the first time since the March 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. The PCB is seeking an official announcement from the BCB, regarding the proposed tour. A window has been created by the PCB to accommodate an ODI and T20 between January 10 and 15 ahead of the BPL, which starts from January 17.

"Onus is on Bangladesh now, whether they want to honour their commitment or not as we have already honored out commitment [by nominating Bangladesh's candidate for the ICC presidency]," a top PCB official told ESPNcricinfo. "We did everything to ensure our full support to Bangladesh every time, now it's time for BCB to do it.

"The Bangladesh delegation was satisfied with the security plan [for the proposed tour] and we are committed to give them the best security. The window is open for the series of two matches, preferably when we return back from the India tour."

Earlier, Bangladesh was all set to tour Pakistan in April this year after a deal had been cut between the two boards, by which the PCB would back the BCB president Mustafa Kamal as the nominee for the ICC vice-presidency and Bangladesh would tour Pakistan in 2012. However, the tour was postponed after a Dhaka court order embargoed the series.

In view of the tour, the ICC had introduced a special dispensation, to be made in exceptional circumstances, by which bilateral series can take place even if the ruling body determined it unsafe to appoint its officials for the series. As per the dispensation, such series could be manned by "non-neutral match officials".

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Harmon on December 17, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @Dear Pak fans: Friends, I am all for Pak cricket flourishing and want other nations including Ind to visit Pak and play the game there. I do envy some of your players who in spite of being severely hampered by so little cricket have done so well. But as of now the fact is that the situation in Pakistan "seems to be" very very bad and it may be so in reality too. 2 days back the Peshawar airport was attacked by rockets. We all know about the Karachi naval airbase attack. And there are numerous other attacks/bomb explosions where ppl routinely are killed. And then there was that case of SL Team's attack when they were supposedly given presidential level attack. My point is, the other incidents might have been set aside but the attack on SL team just can't be. It showed that the enemies will not spare even sports persons. Tell me, does anyone in Pak even know who the enemy is and who is doing all these attacks? I guess no, how can other teams go to Pak then? We all wud love to but can't.

  • Avais on December 17, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    Why we are inviting BD on the place ? they are not even worth providing us some decent practice for tests against SA. They are useless side for longer session of cricket. Invite a decent team, when the time is right, other wise no team is better than a lousy one to play with.

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    the PCB must ensure that top players from Bangla tour Pakistan.this misconception about Pakistan not being safe for cricket shouldnt deprive 180million people of quality cricket.the domestic T20 tournaments attracted 30000 to the stadia which shows that cricket is not in any danger.Pakistan has recently hosted teams and players of other sports as exhaustive security plan can allay any fears that international players or the respective players' associations may have about Pakistan.the country is absolutely safe for sports events

  • Rizaur on December 17, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    It is Risky to visit Pakistan, even for me - a person living abroad follows Cricket. IF I was a National Level Player of any Game, I Would Avoid Going to Pakistan EVEN for attending this Well Publicized Event. Risk Factor is Going UP.

  • Farooq on December 17, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    my Bangladeshi bros."It's strictly business." Pakistan helped BD in attaining test status and also helped u to get the presidency of ICC. Now you must return the favor. If BD doesn't keep its promise and visit Pakitan then we are better alone than having these kind of friends.

  • kh Hassan on December 17, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    @WorldWideCricket well friend we pakistani were not the first one to start all this controversial talk....plz chck out the previous comments and u will get the picture clearly... well i dont say that bengladesh team is a 3rd rank me it is one of the promising one which will make a mark in the near future... but when u will continously try to prove pakistan a insecure nation when u dont have any idea what is going in pakistan... then u will agitate the people and hence get this it will be better for us to let the board decide what is better.....

  • Saad on December 17, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Sorry Bangladesh..but we don't want you to touch our soul....and play on our sacred country,,,thanks but no thanks...keep your minnow team to yourself...

  • Saad on December 17, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    awwww not again..Bangladesh please don't visit a Pakistani i'm begging're team bores me to death...and it would be a really boring series with empty crowds..cause in Pakistan,no one really cares about Bangladesh...PCB rather play with my school would be much more entertaining than playing against a 3rd class ''Minnow'' team..Thanks ,But no Thanks..!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 17, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Dear Pakistan fans, try to learn how to respect other nation. Remember a new child is grew day by day. Just 25 year's of cricket, Bangladesh is still like a child in world cricket and already thunder the world by beating world champs who are dominating since last 100 year's.

  • Mudassar on December 17, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    i don't think so that Pakistan is that much dangerous place for cricket. It should be the moral obligation of BD to visit Pakistan as Paksitan as always helped them in promoting their cricket. Pakistan is the country who helped BD becoming the TENTH test playing nation. Helped them in every situation! so what is making BD not to visit Pakistan?

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