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PCB using BPL to bargain for Bangladesh to tour

Umar Farooq

December 14, 2012

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Mohammad Sami celebrates his hat-trick, Dhaka Gladiators v Duronto Rajshahi, Bangladesh Premier League, Mirpur, February 16, 2012
The PCB is yet to issue Pakistan players NOCs to play in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League © BPL T20
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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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Posted by Harmony111 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.

Posted by avmd 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.

Posted by   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 well.an 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

Posted by azirqusa 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.

Posted by M.FarooqUsman 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.

Posted by Hassanw65 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 team....to 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 response...so it will be better for us to let the board decide what is better.....

Posted by SaadRocx 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...

Posted by SaadRocx on (December 17, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

awwww not again..Bangladesh please don't visit Pakistan...as a Pakistani i'm begging you...you'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 team...it would be much more entertaining than playing against a 3rd class ''Minnow'' team..Thanks ,But no Thanks..!!!!!!!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by Mudassarali1990 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?

Posted by maddy20 on (December 17, 2012, 18:03 GMT)

And they say BCCI is the bully! Huh. Not a day goes by in Pakistan without terrorists wrecking havoc in some part or another. Their military cannot guard their own airfields and supply convoys heading into Afghanistan. How on earth can they guarantee the safety of the Bangladeshi team? Honestly I think Cricket is not worth risking their life for and they should play safe and opt out of this tour, even if it means the Pakistani players do not play in the BPL.

Posted by Tokai69 on (December 17, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

I've never seen PAK fans are so harsh on BAN cricket. It reminds me just one think, this time they are really scared to play with BAN seeing their recent performance against champ WI !

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

well stop fighting people...

Pakistan can wait for any other willing team and Bangladesh can do well without any future help. Everyone is fine now.

Posted by AQ13 on (December 17, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

many Bengali fans saying that BPL doesnt need pakistani players.Well if thats the case then their board also should not bother abut the presence or absence of Pak players in BPL.Lets wait and see.By the way a team winning only 3 tests ever(one against ZIM and Two against a severly depleted WI side) cant be considered a 1st class team.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

Pakistan are a good team, they are not India. Anyway Pakistan fans can criticise our team all they want but lets just give them what they want so relations won't break for everyone's sake. If Pakistan fans are crying that its pointless playing Bangladesh then use a lot of your youngsters just to make it even. You can still use 4 of your star players or something infact this tour isn't even a series just a one-off ODI and T20 match. Pakistan are in need of holding Cricket matches again so I don't think they will fail in giving us the security after all that patience. I think this is the 14 man squad Bangladesh should send - Anamul, Shahriar, Nasir, Gazi, Razzak, Rubel, Shafiul, Abul, Rahim, Mahmudullah, Zia, Mominul, Sunny and Zunaed.

Posted by marlboro19 on (December 17, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

I am slightly disappointed with myself for observing this whole debate wit a bit of schadenfreude. I did want to see pakistan , being a great cricketing nation, get some cricket on their backyard;But the comments here made me realize that it's probably too soon for them. Bangladesh, with it's emerging fan base- second largest in asia, is all set for being a cricketing power. And it makes me proud that we Indians helped them in tough situations(e.g. 1971). Just have a look at this forum and it all seems justified. Pak is not safe right now ( just look at the news) , and BD players have every right to decide if they want to tour. A bangladeshi life is as precious as an Eng, Aus or american life.I had been cynical of BD cricket, but they proved me wrong and they are improving , i just hope Ind incorporates teams from BD into its domestic cricket. Good luck BD, and good luck to PAK as well . I do hope you sort out your issues and have a free and safe environment in your country Inshaallah.

Posted by malepas on (December 17, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

Hold on your horses people, no point trading insults here,,nobody is bigger or small,,BD should recognise this as an oppertunity to enhance thier cricket as the security is not as bad as some people seems to think,,BD gonna get first class security and milage,,should serve them well. PCB due to previous experiance probably using this chip which is a normal activity for international relationship of all kinds,,all members use such tactices between them,,so nothing wrong there. BD should accept the reality that thier very neibour never even invited them for any kind of series while Pakistan always help them out, so what is the fuss??Both sides have something to gain,,that is called give and take...people grow up.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

I completely agree with Mr. Ricky Rk. To Mr. Ali.Mirza --- what do you mean by double crossing ... ??? May be you forgot that Bangladesh toured Pakistan in 2008 for 5 ODIs to help yours from this type of situation. Also Mr. Ali Hasnain & Musafir366 --- Don't forgot Bangladesh was the Asia Cup runner-up and your team won by 2 run only with a 3rd or 4th (whatever your rubbish thinking ) class team. However some of your current squad players came from BPL.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 17, 2012, 16:36 GMT)

@Qamar uddin you mean A team member are not human? If you think playing in pak is danger of life. Am in pak and in kpk i played cricket here since i get a knee so am on bed after surgery from last 3 months. I did not feel any danger even am from kpk. If playing in pak was that dangeres then how am still live even i am in the most dangeres place which media feel. Its not that worst mate.media showing it alot.we know every country have problem like srilanka have tamil tiger india have mao nawaz baghi.pak have taliban.we played in srilanka when no one want play there.if srilanka cricket get a new life its because pak team have that heart.its time some one stood up and get show the world pakistan is not that bad place for cricket.its time to make a history people will remember it.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

Its not about the matter of keeping committment. Its about the safety of our cricketers which is paramount. When Pakistani Military cann't keep their bases safe how can we expect our cricketers to be safe??

Posted by ProdigyA on (December 17, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

Posted Dec172012 - "honestly, I am a Pakiastani living abroad and am cautious when I do visit Pakistan, so why do we want to drag foreign cricketers into the mess that is in Pakistan right now?" - nuff said.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (December 17, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

Not a single Pakistani player in BPL is playing for free. They are all paid a handsome amount.

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (December 17, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

Every day, there is at least one bomb blast in Pakistan. How could a foreign team feel safe in Pakistan right at this moment? Terrorists are killing innocent Pakistanis, where is the guarantee those terrorists would not hit foreign team? See the below links http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20753116

Posted by WorldWideCricket on (December 17, 2012, 16:09 GMT)

Here in Cricinfo and in general, 80% of Pakistani fan do not want Bangladesh to visit Pakistan because Bangladesh is a weaker team and will not be able to put resistance against Pakistan. So as a Bangladeshi fan, my questions to PCB: 1. Why is PCB begging Bangladesh to visit Pakistan, when 80% Pakistanis are against Bangladesh visit because we are weaker team? 2. Why is PCB playing politics by threatening BCB not to allow Pakistani players to play in BPL? 3. Why is PCB not asking big and strong cricketing nations like IND/SA/ENG/AUS/SL to visit Pakistan who can put very strong resistance against Pakistan? 4. Why is PCB not playing politics by threatening big nations not to allow Pakistani players to play in Big Bash or County?

As a Bangladeshi and a cricket fan, I really want cricket to return to Pakistan. My self and my generation grew up seeing players like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Yunus, Abdul Qader, and always dreamed if we had one of them.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 16:03 GMT)

Surprised to see some of the Pakistani comments. When needed, they can bring in a so called "third class" team like Bangladesh. If Bangladesh is a Third Class team, why there is a hide and seek. Why not bring the Aussis or the Indians or even the Lankans who were shot at. Come on Pakistani friends; do not call us a Third Class team anymore, because we are not that. If we are a Third Class team, then where Malaysian cricket team stands …. a 10th class team? It is not that… you are just willing to bring any country to Pakistan, like Afghanistan visited Pakistan. I guess that did not help either. So, if you need to bring in an international team, this is not the way. BCB should not send its players to Pakistan; at least I will not go to the stadium to see the Pakis playing. A very sad tactic.

Posted by Meximillion on (December 17, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

Bangladesh is always doubling Pakistan when needed. So, its good dicision of PCB about Bangladesh Premier League.This is getting really bad. Some Pakistani official said we kept our work by supporting BCB candidate for the ICC presidency. Really??? Didn't Bangladesh supported your candidate last time??? That was the deal and you kept that deal. What is happening now is Blackmailing. Bangladesh should not send their player just because of BPL because if something happen to them than BPL is done. BCB should always remember that Bangladeshi people went to see BPL because of Bangladeshi player mainly so not having a bunch of Pakistani player not going to hurt. So many Pakistani here saying that they don't want there player to play in 2nd class BD league.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 15:54 GMT)

This is a good step from pakistan.bangladesh deserves this.

Posted by farhanamjadpk on (December 17, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Anando Dhara Bro! Its a give and take situation.. Every board does so... BCCI is the master of this art as it uses its financial power to influence cricketing world... BPL became hit only due to Pak players as experts forecast ed it wud be a flop show..In return Pak also need some favour!! we hope this time we wont b ditched!!!

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

The fight between the fans of the two countries is getting ugly. In all fairness Pakistan is a top quality team, and far better than Bangladesh, and all the records will speak for it. However, you cant deny Bangladesh have learnt to fight and are making every move to crawl up in the international arena. Test cricket still remains a concern, and had Bangladesh played more test cricket and had a strong domestic 1st class cricket structure, the country could have made more fast bowlers and better handlers of the short pitched deliveries. The recent ODI series win proved that the team is no longer revolving around one or two players, but its the whole team performing now. And the new guns are firing too. Anamul's century, Gazi's wickets in his debut matches tell the story of the talent here. All Bangladesh need is to sustain this progress. With the whole team performing, they will soon be one of the top 5 teams in future. Its safe for cricket to be never hosted in Pakistan.

Posted by TIGER_THE_KILLER on (December 17, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

@Musafir366: This forurth class Bangladesh team recently win series against Westindies with four debutants including 160 runs and seven wicket win.Another thing is if Pakistani player dont perticipate in third class BPL then they will loose huge amount of money that you will earn in a whole year. Even lots of pakistani players play in our domestic league bcause we pay more than pakistan domestic league.

Posted by Fuad_bs on (December 17, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

So the thing is that Pakistan is not treating the Bangladeshi players as human beings like others and that they want our payers to face the risk to deal with their own issues. They are trying to experiment of their luck based on the risk of the lives of Bangladeshi players!! They can go to this extent to fulfill their want!!!!

I would rather love ICC to take off all the one day and test status from our country than forcing our players to play in Pakistan!

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Bngladesh odi record vs Pakistan is 28-1 Bangladesh dont want to extend that lead thats why they are making excuses..

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 17, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

What with these second, third etc lcass leagues from Pakistan fans? don't they even know that Pakistan players participate in the Dhaka Premier League and earning lots of money? this is getting pretty hilarious now Pakistan fans its not us that asking for this tour its your Pakistan board and we may be kind enough to actually go but that's not the attitude to give to us especially when the Bangladesh board is really busy in the next 5 months. If you don't like our Cricket team then please someone tell your board that and invite Ireland, Afghanistan, Canada instead because quite honestly, we don't really care if we tour Pakistan or not.

Posted by Crikoot on (December 17, 2012, 14:46 GMT)

Dear fellow brothers and sisters, Salam to all. Peace. Let's control our adrenaline and think logically. 1) We should stop blaming or demean each other, 2) Using BPL as a bargaining chip is childish and shows weakness in attitudes; 3) Bangladesh should accept this tour even though there are lot of internal pressure due to politics(no matter how much we want sports or cricket out from politics). 4) Some supporters in this discussion forum actually downgrading their own country's image by writing few words and sentences without understanding the big picture and it;s impacts their own prestige, expose their inherent weaknesses. Hope all understand my view points and follow the path of collaboration not conflict. Thanks

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 17, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

It seems a lot of our Pakistani friends are unhappy with us so fine lets give them what they want to hear so they can desperately be satisfied - Pakistan Cricket team is 10x better than Bangladesh, Pakistan has the most passionate fans in the world, Pakistan are the greatest Cricket team of all time, Pakistan produces the best fast and spin bowlers than any other country, Afridi and Hafeez are a 100 times better than Shakib, Ajmal is better than Shane Warne and so on and so forth happy now?

Posted by drnaveed on (December 17, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

mr james bond 007, if cricket matters are to be decided by the supreme court in your Country( if you belongs to it ??) rather than BCB , than , i am afraid, there is no place for BCB to exist any more.BCB should immediately hand over all Iits powers to the supreme court there in BD.by the way how many other matters are decided by the supreme court there in BD OTHER THAN this particular cricket matter related to Pakistan and their main job ???????????????. BD simply take dictations from BCCI, AND THIS IS A FACT.

Posted by Aerolite_Launcher on (December 17, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

Yup, Now the Fright of Pakistani fans are coming True. A Third Class or Fourth Class team is upcoming to visit their home to fulfill their dream of watching international cricket at their home ground. But How? Because, Bangladeshi will send a "Club Level" team to Pakistan consists of Third Graded and Fourth Graded Bangladeshi Cricketers since Top Players of Bangladesh aren't interested to visit Pakistan. LOL! So, Pakistani fans, get ready for Welcoming a Bangladeshi "Club Level" team and feel yourselves lucky. :)

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 14:05 GMT)

Musafir dont forget PCB is nearly begging for Bangladesh to tour when that didn't work PCB is trying to blackmail their way to earn a Bangladesh tour. I am all for helping out pakistan and cricket in general but not this way. Thats why nobody trusts Pakistan.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (December 17, 2012, 14:02 GMT)

This is getting really bad. Some Pakistani official said we kept our work by supporting BCB candidate for the ICC presidency. Really??? Didn't Bangladesh supported your candidate last time??? That was the deal and you kept that deal. What is happening now is Blackmailing. Bangladesh should not send their player just because of BPL because if something happen to them than BPL is done. BCB should always remember that Bangladeshi people went to see BPL because of Bangladeshi player mainly so not having a bunch of Pakistani player not going to hurt. So many Pakistani here saying that they don't want there player to play in 2nd class BD league. Now thats funny because not only your player want to play in BPL they even play in Club cricket too. So if you really wanna stop them why dont u go & talk to them :P

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

I'm a Pakistani and I desperately want to see international cricket in my country but i'm afraid this is not the right way to do that. PCB is missing the trick here. Bangladesh might not be a strong team like Australia or England but still they are humans and our brothers. We can't force them to do something. I hope everything goes well. May Allah make Pakistan a place which everyone wants to visit!

Posted by Musafir366 on (December 17, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

what a waste of time. no problem if team like bangladesh is not coming to Pakistan. whats the use of playing with third class rather fourth class cricket team of the world.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

Really hurt to see some of the bangladeshi comments .. I think they forget what india did with them recently and they forget how and when pakistan supported them whenever they were in a situation of disaster Pakistan proved to be a good neighbor and friend to bangalis but they always double cross us ...! Yes we dont need such third class team to tour pakistan and we dont need to participate in a tournament which has no recognition even in south asia ..!

Posted by bdsmaruf on (December 17, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

it is clear that pakistani players are beauti for bpl.but nothing will be remain incomplete without them. bpl also help pakistani players. bcb welcomes pakistani players if they come, if not, bpl will not be stop. there are so many good cricketers in the world. bpl should not be related with bd tour on pakistan. bpl has its own attraction. go ahead bpl on your own way. good luck bpl.

Posted by James.Bond007 on (December 17, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

@Xaad Ali...Dont you think BCB wants to help?? They wanted to play but if the supreme court orders them not to go there, what can they do? Is it in their hands? Please look at the whole picture and then think if truly BCB is to take any blame or not. They have nothing against PCB. PCB has always helped them and there was an opportunity to do the same, but its not in their control. Do you realize that?

Posted by rajesh_singhSTM on (December 17, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

@Nauman Zaheer: you ask "Well. I don't know why people are seeing Pakistan as unsafe country" . Well please take any newspaper from any country ( preferably DAWN) and then from archive open any paper for any date in past 3-4 years. Looks at first 3 major headlines related to Pakistan. You will probably realize why it is considered unsafe.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

@davidatlas999 , well blackmailing is not the smart of dealing. Probably Bangladesh A team will be visiting Pak, most of their current players won't visit PAK.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

this is wrong Australia will not come to pakistan to play cricket so what PCB will do ? They are not going to give green signal for Big Bash ? I dont think so. Why Bangladesh then ? Is it because they are not the big shoot like Ausee ? this is bullshit. BCB should refuse this offer and let PCB know Cricket is not a place for politics.

Posted by Ali.Mirza on (December 17, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

Bangladesh is always double crossing Pakistan when needed. So, its good dicision of PCB about Bangladesh Premier Leage.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

when Pakistani security is strong than he should invited any country in Pakistan tours .

Posted by Munafis810 on (December 17, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Pakistan NEVER learn from history and keeps repeating the same MISTakes and the results also prove same. In 2008 as a knee jerk reaction to India cancelling tour for genuine security reasons , PCB without thinking in a tit for tat reaction stopped their players from IPL. Now 4-5 years later Pakistani players try all types of antics to get into IPL but are always shown door to ............ and now by threatening BCB ,PCB is repeating same mistake. The only friend PCB has today to some extent is BCB and they seem hel bent on proving they are better class than Bengalis (sounds like repeat of 1971 days) and pressuriziing Banglas to cave in.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 17, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

ICC needs to setup because this tour can totally backfire. Pakistan is by no means safe they're desperately asking minnows Bangladesh to tour lolz but blackmailing them which is a serious matter. I'm glad Bangladesh broke away from Pakistan in 71 as majority of us do not really care about Pakistan and its affairs.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (December 17, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Why are some Pak fans saying that no one will attend watching games involving Bangladesh? yeah maybe but look at the England-Indian series large gaps of crowd or the West-New series hardly any crowd or the first test match at the Gabba a few weeks back, hardly any crowd so really nobody watches Cricket a sport played by a few countries so WAKE UP!!! and smell the coffee. Pakistan are an old team and their future is unclear. Bangladesh are producing good young players now 4 of them who have made their debuts in the West Indies series and performed phenomenally and are hosting the next World T20 Championship something Pakistan can only dream off good luck :)

Posted by Big3BOSS on (December 17, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

When the ball is in our court , everything is fair and every tactic is correct. PCB is trying to flex its muscles against poor BCB and I see many applauding tactics and calling it fair. Imagine if for some reason BCCI had tried this with PCB or other board. Accusations of misuse of power and wealth, bullying ,ICC should notbe allowing this would have appeared here as 1000s of comments. But hey if we are doing it is DISCo but if someone else does it its MUJra. Hopefully BCB stands up

Posted by captainpermod on (December 17, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

I agree with g.narsimha, they didn't miss any opportunity to put blame on Indians. It starts from attack on Sri lankan players in Lahore, Match Fixing, then IPL row, cancellation of Pak tour by BCB and hurting efforts of revival of international cricket in pakistan, all this mess is drawn on India.

Even there was very strong reaction against acid drinking incident by blind pakistani cricketer in India. It was portrayed in a very negative manner. India wants stronger Pakistan team with no excuses for their up-coming defeats.

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 17, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

A carrot and a stick is how this world works. Sometimes you give them a carrot and if that doesn't work you show them the stick. Glad PCB has finally realized this

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 17, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Comparing bangla team with pak team iz like comparing mountain(pak) to mole's hill (bangla) and it iz itself great injustice to pak team which is easily among top 2 or 3 test teams in the wrld,so iz the case with t20s,bangalis betr compare their team to ind,wi,nz,zim bt certainly not with us 4 Allah's sake.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 17, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

if bngla fans want their team safe and in fever of do not go to pak.then pak fans also have every right to say to the board that deal with BNGLA board.we will see soon who are smart in dealing.as a pakistani want cricket back to our country.otherwise m okay with watching on tv.for those who are saying send a B team to pakistan.you mean a squad mines tamim and shakib right? I dont know when bngla get a win against pak.in 99?

Posted by UKFIX on (December 17, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

for al BD lovers, don't forget who bring you in to test cricket. It was Pakistan who let you win in England but it was a big mistake, look at the result, after so many years, you are still a club cricket. Ireland, Kenya, UAE and now Afghanistan is much better team. Yo can play BP without Pakistani players and it will be a club cricket BPL. BDs remember your ranking and status, so SHUTUP and PERFORM.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

I guess u people are getting rude with pakistan..i thnk u dont remember that moment when pakistan lost to bangladesh just to give them test cap.. now when its tym to payoff u pple are going on backfoot.. and pakistani players are worldclass..no other country has got a spinner,a hitter, an opener like us.. and bbl will be effected untill there is no pakistani player.. So its better to help to get helped..

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

@afifahmed-USA: yea surely BD can take players from Australia just like Brad Hodge or Jayasuria or may b Gibbs all of whom have retired from international cricket. And as far playing in the international domestic cricket is concerned let me notify u wid d fact that many Pakistani players are there who have played only a few international cricket but are engaged wid clubs in England and Australia to play county and Big Bash leagues of the respective countries and wen u tok abt d monetary gain i guess clubs from these countries pay higher than BPL. And yea if u luk at d FTP thn u ll find out during BPL all d players from ur mentioned teams ll b busy in international duty. Aus will play SL in Warne-Muralitharan series,SA ll b paying NZ, India ll take on Eng,thn from Feb 1 Aus ll play WI.

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 17, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

FOGU-I cant stop my self laughing reading u r coments A STONG PAK, SL ,&BD WILL PUT BCCI IN PLACE , my dear even though i am not a fan of BCCI , let me make it clear that we are not dependant on others niether BD, SL, PAK finances our affairs infacts THE BPL, SLPL , IS SPONSORED BY INDIANS BD teams PRIME SPONSOR IS INDIA so live in reality man , we are not against PAK but certain unfortunate things contributing adversly on our relations , now things are going on rifht direction as PAK visiting IND , sooner or later IND have to reciprocrate it as u cant deprive vast population of cricket fans all over the globe of quality cricket IND-PAK teams offers.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Really!! Are they serious?!! What are they gonna do next? Send an army again to Bangladesh? This is not east pakistan anymore. So,try to learn to respect other nations and the judgement of their courts.

Posted by captainpermod on (December 17, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Being Cricket lover, I am happy for the emmergence of new nations into international erena. Current security situation in Pakistan is a threat to pakistan cricket specifically but world cricket generally. I grew up in the era of great Pakistani players who played their game with extreme enthusiasm. A weeker Pakistan team (due to lack of intl' games) is not in the interest of any cricket lover and to ICC as well.

Pakistan is being deprived of cricket, their youngsters will have no opportunities to see role model of modern cricket visiting and playing there. Muhammad hafeez, their captain, right said that they should avail each and every opportunity of playing international cricket to stay competitve to modern day demands. In the end, I hope that CRICKET will survive in Pakistan though it getting nose down position for the last 4-5 years.

Posted by gsingh7 on (December 17, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

i must say bpl need pak players as ipl will not allow them play in india and they can make some money in bpl, also quality of cricket is low in bpl which can be lifted one level up by pak players. but this should not force any player to risk life in pak as recently suicide attack happened in pak airport and no team risk playing there. hope bangla cricket board dont make this stupid decision to play there until icc gives full clearance, also ipl should be only big tournament in sc as enough security can be provided by india

Posted by afifahmed-USA on (December 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

@rizwan mustafa ..BD wont give a damn if Pakistani players dont play. it is the pakistani players who were whinning all the time to go there and play wiht Bangladeshis. Its true , BD wanted the likes of Afridi, Sami etc but as BCCI stopped recruiting Pakistani players it was only Bangladesh and Sri lanka who was there to take them........Ok, ask your gov not to give players. BAngladesh can play their own players and recruit from Australia and Sri lanka..

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

@ Legend_of_All_Times: i guess the charm that was brought into BPL in its first edition was the presence of Pakistani players in the tournament.If you go thru the statistics then u will find out that the first three positions regard to Most Runs scored are occupied by the Pakistani players.At the same the credit of only hatrick and best bowling figure of the tournament goes to Sami.Furthermore i can vividly remember the joyous among the ppl of Bangladesh when Afridi was hitting those big sixes in the semi-final. However,Indian Players are not allowed by BCCI to participate in any domestic tournament abroad. Now when u tok abt playing BPL with players from d other countries i can bet that apart from Gayle,Pollard or Samuel none odrs are well known.And as far as the skill of the players in T20 is concerned let me just remind u of d fact dat Pak is d onli team which has playd 2 finals and 2 semi finals in all d editions of T20 world Cup whch shows their palyrs r more skillful than odrs.

Posted by salman2510 on (December 17, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

LOL !! What a cricketing nation, it needs politics and a FOREIGN DOMESTIC TOURNAMENT for a so called "minnow" to tour their country !! What A JOKE !!

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

last year BPL paid Pakistani players more money than PCB in a whole year!enough said!

Posted by mazii on (December 17, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

First BCB committed a tour and then they reneged it's promise by not sending it's team to Pakistan. Now, Pakistan has every right of not giving NOC's to Pakistani players if Bangladesh isn't able to fulfill its commitment. If Bangladesh didn't want to visit Pakistan then why they committed a tour in first place. I don't understand that why BCB is doing all this. I can relate this to Bangladeshi politics. Remember when Pakistan defeated Bangladesh in Asia cup final, Hasina wajid was watching that match and all of sudden, when she realized that Bangladesh was about to be defeated, she got vanished. Bangladeshi awami party is a pro-Indian and en-cashed its vote on Anti-Pakistan. So, this might be the reason behind this whole fiasco.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (December 17, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

@Kiwirocker. Y shud people tour a country if it's not safe. Prime example is you only that u r hiding your identity and pretending to be from NZ since u feel unsafe ther

Posted by afifahmed-USA on (December 17, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

who wouldnt want to tour a country when there is no cricket ahead.Bangladesh doesnt have any tour before April . And i would have loved if they went to Pakistan. But , Who will take the risk if god forbid ,they r been attacked. The Board will be in tremendous pressure if it happens. And the things we are seeing in news , every day there is a bomb blast. So tell me guys , who are talking that BD board is not friendly. They are the one who was trying to get a tour there . Back in march. But security issues didnt let it happen.Why do u have to blame Bangladesh ?? ASK other nation to come. They dont bother going to Pakistan. Bangladesh still tries. So if u guys can give security , BD will go. But board is reluctant because , if something happens they will be criticized.

Posted by Legend_of_All_Times on (December 17, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

Some people are thinking that without Pakistani Players BPL will lose its Appeal and Brightness, they are completely Wrong and living in an illusion. The Appeal of BPL won't be affected by a Slightest margin if BPL boycotts Pakistani Players completely, just like how BPL is Excluding indian Players still right at now and did the same before. Besides its Pakistani Players who are getting benefited by playing and receiving money from BPL while being Boycotted completely from IPL. There R 8 more full member Cricket Nations around the World except india and pakistan Players from those countries, Specially Aussies-English-Kiwi-Proteus-Caribbean Players in term of big hitting or clever bowling, are more skillful ones in T20 cricket. So, BPL isn't Slightly dependent on Pakistani or indians. Rather, its Bangladesh who is showing now some considerations towards Pakistan Cricket to rescue them from a hosting Disrepute. Therefore, someones should be grateful to BPL as well as Bangladesh Cricket.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

situation is not bad in pakistan its the media which is presenting such an image.and we dont want Bangladesh to visit Pakistan.they are proposing such a series now only to make sure that pakistani players should play in BPL.good tactics.you always do that.i remember when Bangladesh lost to Pakistan In Asia cup final their primeminister didnt even came to the prize distribution cermony.so PCB dont be blind and fool again.

Posted by Amjad_Bukhari on (December 17, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

@HouseMD. its not possible guy that even ur A team beat Pak in Pak. Pak is not WI. Pak have been very regularly playing in Semi Finals of ICC World events. Even these guys have not played cricket at home for last 3 or 4 years but they are mentally tough to beat other teams away from home. Pak should not trust BCB now. thay made commitment and when they got ICC presidency thay took the cover of their COURT. they gave good comments in Lahore and when landed in Dhaka, they changed their statement as a whole. PCB should stop sending their players in BPL. Bangladesh team is not a team which will attract crowd. PCB should try other options like Pak Premier League and offer good package to players from WI, Zimb. NZ SL. it will be good enough to bring ckt in Pak. STOP ASKING BCB, i assure they will change their minds at the elenventh hour

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

Pakistan leadership/Govt. till now failed to convince the cricketing nations including ICC with sufficient progress on security arrangement for the players and match officials. I am not sure what sort of contract / commitment was made by former BCB boss to PCB regarding BD visit to Pak, but it is very obvious that a very poor and insignificant BD fans are happy seeing Kamal in ICC. He has given very poor leadership to BCB and even he made players humiliated ( e,g Sakib). Therefore, if our present BCB boss who already has created a better impression in BD cricket administration may face the same situation ( a PIL) if BD tour of Pak is confirmed without high level( head of governments) negotiation and complete involvement of ICC in the tour. There are millions of BD fans who love to see Pak cricketers in actions but no way BCB can send our players compromising the security issue. I feel Pak board is to bargain first with its own govt. Not against participation of Pak players in BPL.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Firstly, PCB should stop asking Bangladesh to visit, its not about others are putting that they do not play good etc, its about their choices, they want to show their back its their choice. But it gives us a very valuable lesson, we should invest our energies and friendship on a better more mature cricketing board. England returned to India after 26/11, There are bad things happening everywhere so people who make Pakistan standout are just plane idiots.

Bangladesh should go ahead with BPL with or without Pakistan, but everyone knows it wouldnt glitter that much, if i remember it clearly, the Indian's aren't visiting as well. Pakistan now should focus on themselves only, we dont have to help people and boards who when on a better place and positions just turn their back on their benefactor.

Focus on touring INDIA, and then RSA. We should not force Bangladesh to come.

Posted by SarfBD on (December 17, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

I'd love to see Bangladesh visiting Pakistan. But they way things are going, it's very frustrating. Even many Pakistan fans are not sure about the security issue. I appreciate them for their open minded opinions. Someone mentioned about few bombing incidents in Bangladesh a few years back. I want to inform them that the masterminds of those attacks were arrested and most of them either had capital punishment or perished in gun battles with police. So, situation in Bangladesh is very much under control now. To me, both BCB and PCB are behaving like mean-minded politicians. Very sad to see our board created this mess for some personal gain. I'll be happy to see int'l cricket back in Pakistan but not with a controversial and forced series.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 17, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

@Asif Arafat->You only quoted the incident that happened in Pakistan.Also you did not quote what Pak forces did to those terrorists.They were all shot dead following by an operation in the nearest village.Dont just spread the negative things mate.Do you know what happened in America when those innocent children were shot dead?.Where were the police & security forces,FBI all the high & mighty people at that time.No country is safe from such things.Pak government promised that we would give Presidential level security for bangladesh.All the guys who are posting things regarding the security here.Do you know what this level of security means?I see no threat if you bring in the Curfew while BD team is moving one place to another.What is the meaning of cancelling a tour when BD were satisfied with the security?

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

I do not understand BPL need only Pakistan overseas players. However, if BCB give written statement that they will go on tour in Pakistan, they need to respect it and BD officials should include BCB president and top officials in the tour for maximum security.

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 17, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

AndyZaltzmannsHair: Well said bro, you want to run your low grade BPL, run it on your own two feet. Why should BPL be Pakistans headache. Its high time that PCB pull the plug on BPL for good. Let them go to their masters in BCCI to lend them their players or host them for a series which isn't happening till 4012. A cricket team that has no standing at the worlds stage is dictating terms to an Elite cricketing nation is preposterous. The money they are about to spend on 20 Pakistan players should be spent on those millions of cycle rickshaw drivers around the country to help them earn an easy living as Bangladesh is a poverty stricken country like most of the south east asian countries. Our cricketers are fine and make alot of money. We dont need BPL and I dont want Bangladesh visiting Pakistan. Period

Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 17, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

@ HouseMD->Yes dude & you were sitting right there when the IPL deal was being made.Grow up dude. India can have their IPL.I can see how great IPL is..Now after playing so much IPL games,players are exhausted.They cant even win against England on their own turf.Spinners are useless..So called best spinner 'Ashwin' suddenly forgot how to bowl,batsmen God still in his dreams.Captain confused..Thanks to IPL... 2 or 3 more IPL seasons & world would see India having T20 team only..Test & ODI team both finished..& btw that only T20 team still would not be able to qualify even for the Semifinals of WC Hahahaha... Oh yeah & new players are leaning methods of match fixing there as well..We should send ur players to learn something i.e everything except cricket :P You can have your IPL :)

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

So, PCB blackmailing the BCB into holding the tour?? the PCB needs to realise if thistour goes well the other teams still won't feel anymore comfortable and if something goes wrong then it will take decades before anyone wants to play in pakistan...the risks arejust too high.

Posted by Talhacroft on (December 17, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

It is good to force other nations to play in Pakistan as they could find 101 reasons for not playing... It is all part of illict agenda of anti-pakistani cartel.

Posted by piyo_thanda_jiyo_thanda on (December 17, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

Nope I don't think Bangladesh should be visiting Pakistan yet. SL players got shot. God knows what the nut cases in that country will do to BD. BD friends, please stay safe and don't go to Pak.

Posted by AmjadZork on (December 17, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Bangladesh pulled back from the tour last year. They will do the same again once PCB allows the players for BPL. PCB should only allow Pakistani players once Bangladesh confirms the tour of Pakistan.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (December 17, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

Is this some sort of JOKE or THREAT???Unacceptable by any mean...Just think abt it only in BPL you guys may be able to launch as many as PAK players...You wont get this opportunities in any where in the world (If you think abt STANDARD).. Then why you guys are making this sort of inhuman activities....Just think whats your current situation in IPL...U guys are begging to play but IND dont even bother to give u beg...So, plz don't this happen to BAN...As a cricketing nation we have full respect for you but if you bargain like this (Life of our CRICKETERS) then this RESPECT wont last for a long that's for sure>>>So, plz BEHAVE...

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

SYDNEY: The Federation of International Cricketers' Association (FICA) said Wednesday it will join players in legal action over unpaid wages by the Bangladesh Premier League, calling the situation "a joke".

B from the BPL, the Bangladesh Cricket Board and its president Mustafa Kamal, they had proven to be "broken promises and empty public pronouncements". "It is obvious that the BPL franchises and the BCB are either unable or unwilling to meet these financial obligations," he said in a statement.

hahhahaahha highest grosser after IPL wat a joke go givr $ to ur players first

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA BD talking about $. com on wat $ u guys didn't even paid salary to international players yet for last yr BPL. hello wake up BPL is richest league after IPL My foot. we dont need third class BD team. we already know the result Pakistan will again white wash stupid Bengalis... so stay home and play ur cheap BPL......

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

Bangladesh should visit because it was promised....but if anything, anything goes wrong!...Pakistan has to repay that...we r talking about lives...nt a game!!...

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

I hope if PCB is doing the right step. Stop inviting minnows, can't imagine big boys visiting us after BD tour as we had a world 11 and i am sure that they were a bigger publicity in world than BD tour... Zakka Ashraf getting this one wrong. stop inviting nothing teas and focus on proposed PPL and tours....

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (December 17, 2012, 3:08 GMT)

Why we asian countries act like enimies? Why can't we be friendly with each other? Just admire good cricket and we should help each other. We should appreciate good moves like this. Cricket has to come back in Pakistan today or tomorow.. its just a matter of time but who so ever comes first will always be remembered in good words... and i am sure we will help them as well in their desperate times.. So all the haters please be a little positive.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

Seriously we do not need to send our player to Pathetic leagues like BPL. Out player will gain nothing in cricketing terms. I am strongly against sending our player to such disgusting leagues

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

ExtremeSpeed: The board might be desparate to bring cricket back in Pakistan BUT i doubt the result would be ANY DIFFERENT if you sent your full strength team!These arent spinner friendly, one dimensional pitches BD is used to.BD has been absolutely poor away from home,i doubt the strength of the team would have any bearing.Infact, this might be an escape from reality for the"star player".They rather hide under security pretenses, send reserves and keep their fans in the dark about how bad they are away from home. NOTE to Indian supporters remarking about IPL and Pakistani players dying to go there...looking at how horrible team Indias performance in tests is,I am glad we didnt go to IPL.

Posted by TIGER_THE_KILLER on (December 17, 2012, 2:39 GMT)

Hey Pakistani fans, We dont need pakistani players in BPL.If u dont play then Srilanka,Westindies,Australia,SouthAfrica,England etc players will play BPL.Nobody would go Pakistan where terrorism is a daily habit.You cant hide this from world.You have to be grateful that even Bangladesh have some willingliness to go there.We dont care u participate in BPL or not.Pakistani players will loose huge amount of money.You have to be grateful from BPL that u found players like Nasir jamshed,Ahmed shehjad for some form.Yes we r minnow.A minnow second string team with four debutants recently win series against Windies which have a victory of 160 runs and 7 wickets win. Why u dont invite Ireland? In Pakistan lots of chaos and terrorism,match fixers,drug etc. there is no unity thatswhy we seperate in 1971.Bangladesh is far more happy country in all aspects such as economy, agriculture etc compared to Pakistan. I wish good luck though of both Pakistan and Bangladesh.cricinfo plzz publish my comments

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

PCB mustn't do it! remember what happened after we supported bcb for icc presidency? I bet they will first say they will tour after the BPL and then weasel out of it like before. Secondly scams like BPL shouldn't be supported at all, if you don't have the money to pay the players dont organise a mega event @extremespeed: second team ? do you know the last (and only) time you managed to beat us apple and blackberrys were still fruits.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Why all banglis are aganist pakistan like indian. u all are forgetfull how pakistan help u and it ur time to help us but u are forgetful people. with out pakistani players ur bpl is nothing. learn to live life banglis.

Posted by Big3BOSS on (December 17, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

oh boy oh boy. what days have come. Having to plead umpteen times and now arm twist Bangldesh to visit them.. Desperate days indeed for .........

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

The tour by Bangladesh Cricket Team and the Pakistani players playing in BPL are two separate things and should not be treated as bargaining chips, one for the other.

If the Bangladesh Board and players do not want to visit Pakistan, so be it. I know under the present government in Bangladesh feelings are anti-Pakistan and honestly, I am a Pakiastani living abroad and am cautious when I do visit Pakistan, so why do we want to drag foreign cricketers into the mess that is in Pakistan right now? This mess will only increase as the date of the election nears.

If Pakistani players are not allowed by PCB to play in BPL, it would be a loss to PCB and its players and Pakistan's Revenue Department.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 1:47 GMT)

Umm. Not long ago, Pakistan supported Bangladesh in ICC on a promise of Bangla tour of Pakistan. Well that promise is yet unfulfilled. It is time BD honor its previous promise first, and then talk about BPL.

Posted by   on (December 17, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

"Ten men from the Pakistani Taliban attacked the international airport in Peshawar last night. Six people were killed after a stand-off between the militants and Pakistani forces." This changes everything. Where ever you're from, be it Pakistan or Bangladesh or elsewhere, I sincerely hope, you would have the slightest respect for a human life. Clearly Pakistan is not safe yet. I think I can safely say this on behalf of all Bangladeshis who love our cricket team, we don't want this tour to go ahead - not when there are so many security issues. The last thing we want or need is a national tragedy and PCB offering a humble apology.

Posted by HouseMD on (December 17, 2012, 1:02 GMT)

lets send bangladesh B team to pakistan, according to bangladesh current form even B team can beat pakistan. my B team will be 1. ashraful(c) 2. shahriar nafees 3. rokibul hasan 4. mehrab jr 5. marshall ayub 6. alok kapali 7. dhiman ghosh 8.arafat sunny 9. noor hossain 10. sajedul islam 11. talha jubair

Posted by Proud_GhorJamai on (December 17, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

Seriously i dont see the point of Bangladesh touring Pakistan,like it wont prove anything as long as there is terrorist attacks going on all over the place.Even the airports are not safe.Actually Pakistan has more to lose than gain because if something like the Sri lanka tour happens,it will re RIP for any hope of cricket in Pakistan

Posted by Fogu on (December 17, 2012, 0:32 GMT)

Not sure why BD fans are against going to Pakistan. It will be good for BD development, especially since India is not supporting BD. I understand security concerns but PCB will ensure safety because they have to. They want cricket back in Pakistan. Pakistan has always been supportive of Bangladesh and we should honour our commitment. I am a BD fan and would love to see BD play Pakistan. Strong Pakistan, Srilanka and Bangladesh would put BCCI in its place. We need to suport each other even though we go hard against each other during the game.

Posted by avmd on (December 16, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

Please, I have no desire to watch a minow like BD playing in Pakistan, nor will it serve any purpose for Pak team prior to their tough assignment in South Africa. PCB should be patient, wait till security situation gets better, which will take another 2 years or so and I'm sure top teams, not team like BD will visit Pakistan then. India might be the fist top rated team to visit Pakistan but only at the right time. Let Pak players play in BPL and don't invite BD team to Pakistan.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 23:42 GMT)

Well. I don't know why people are seeing Pakistan as unsafe country .. Its the country which is facing the consequences of American war on Afghanistan. But still prospering. its not justifiable to deny the visit on the basis of suicidal attack on Peshawar. Well, Bangladesh has also faced many Suicidal attacks in 2005 (on court houses), 2010 (on politicians) and many other see the internet for more. I have the opinion that PCB should not beg for any B-grade team to visit and i am sure that nobody will come to see the matches in stadiums to see the teams like Bangladesh

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 16, 2012, 23:24 GMT)

I think this is despicable.

Sadly, Pakistan is not a safe country for high-profile foreigners to visit, as the Sri Lankan cricket team discovered less than 4 years ago and the Pakistani PM discovered less than 5 years ago.

Pakistan just needs to get on with playing in the UAE and England, if they can apologise enough for abusing English hospitality in 2010.

Can you imagine the tickets they could sell for a Five Test series versus India with matches at Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, The Oval and Manchester? And the time zone would be perfect for Indian television!

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

Well when security officials declared Pakistan safe to play cricket then I don't see any issue in not touring Pakistan. As far as attacked in Pakistan are concerned, mind you these attacks are not only happening in Pakistan but rest of the world. Remember the situation in SL? Even then Wasim AKram's team toured and supported Sri Lankan cricket. Watch news countries like US or UK are not safe either, just yesterday 25 kids were shot dead in US, why aren't people calling US unsafe? similar attack happened in movie theater 3-4 months back in Colorado as well, so to end it - precautions is all that one can take ... terrorism is happening everywhere. One can't base such things to damage the rich cricket history of Pakistan. Also, if Pakistani crickets don't attend BPL - it will be a flop in 2013 and BCB should know that! If BCB committed that they will tour Pakistan if they vote for their rep then they should fulfill their commitment - remember BCB got test status due to Pak, they owe this!

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 16, 2012, 22:27 GMT)

Maybe Bangladesh should go after all, it was Pakistan that helped our Cricket whether we like it or not but because it will be one-sided especially when Bangladesh best players are injured, it would be best if Pakistan uses a lot of its youngsters against our youngsters to just make it even and interesting. Its only 1 ODI and 1 T20 not even a series.

Posted by HouseMD on (December 16, 2012, 22:12 GMT)

pakistan should stop play cricket for next 10 yrs, till the situation calm down. why embarassing urself inviting team who doesnt want to come and play in your country

Posted by shamlaatu on (December 16, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Pathetic to the core stuff by PCB. Why are they hell bent in a lame effort to bring back Int'l to Pakistan when security situation is CLEARLY NOT favorable. I mean you just had a goddamn rocket attack on the city of Peshwar and its international airport. And seriously, how hard is it to figure out that visits by Bangladesh and Zimbabwe and Afghanistan will NOT convince teams like Australia, England or South Africa to visit Pakistan. Why don't PCB use its time, resources and BRAIN to arrange more n more games with Australia/England/SA at neutral venues? What good is it keep playing with Bangla and Zimbabwe and Somalia and Mogadishu and Timbuktuu ??

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

fair deal from pcb...bpl have been benefitted from pak players and its time for bcb to show their support to pcb...

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

i hope it doesn't happen we dont want to play international cricket no more we should have our league like america baseball we shouldn't force somebody to come play in pakistan if they dont want to and we shouldn't visit any other country ..............

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

I dont see any reason why Pakistani fans dont want Bangladesh to play in their country because they are 'minnows'. In my opinion i would rather have someone playing in my country then no-one playing in my country. The BCB president did say that whichever player/staff does not want to go he doesnt have to go!

Posted by AQ13 on (December 16, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

it seems the right way to deal with BCB after what happened last year!

Posted by HouseMD on (December 16, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

didnt pakistan beg india for IPL ticket, now they says they wont give NOC. pakistani players dont make any money from their domestic league, i dont think they can afford handsome money from BPL, which is highest grosser after IPL. if they dont send player, its only their players loss

Posted by Baundele on (December 16, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

Bangladesh supported Ehsan Mani long ago and this time PCB had to support BCB's nomination (Kamal). How the tour becomes a condition for it?

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (December 16, 2012, 20:33 GMT)

I knew it! its Pakistan that's asking Bangladesh for a tour not us but lets give them what they want so we can have a good laugh asking minnows to tour instead of a bigger team. We send our reserve team so thrash us all you like as long as it satisfies you :D

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 20:10 GMT)

Oh!! not again!! Are u pushing Bangladesh to do suicide? Pakistan government cant even ensure the security of its own Airbase, then how can they ensure the security of a foreign cricket team? Dude i really want to see cricket in Pakistan but you mast stable the situation first............

Posted by haq33 on (December 16, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

Absolutely right by PCB. Bangladesh cricket messed us around already by failing to push our case at ICC or even bother to confirm tour dates, even though such actions were part of the "gentleman's agreement" between our boards in exchange for our vote for a Bangladeshi. About time we stopped being pushed around by India's 12th man.

Posted by Baundele on (December 16, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

When things were going towards a positive direction, Talibans have attacked the Peshwar Airport today, killing a lot of people. BCB will have to work very hard to convince the players. BPL will suffer without Pakistani players for sure; but security concerns may have the final say.

Posted by James.Bond007 on (December 16, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Pakistan is desperate for home ground match... It looks among World Cricket and last but not least, not getting any revenue from ticket sales..

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (December 16, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

The Pakistani fans were saying that Bangladesh wanna go to Pakistan because they want their player and using this tour as a bargaining chip but now it seems that its Pakistan that putting pressure on Bangladesh to tour them. I really dont see what'd be so wrong if they dont get just 20 Pak player tbh :/

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 19:19 GMT)

Time Bangladesh wake up and smell the coffee. They aren't a force in terms of cricketing talent and ability. Don't forget how they got test status in the first place. they should have toured long ago.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

If the tour of gratitude and peace lets go BD but i guess its a cheap trading by PK so please dont go BD players. We dont need any PK players here in BD

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

if PAK, will Not allow they're player in the BPL Doesn't matter, many other country player are ready to comes in the BPL, what BCB Has done Completely wrong, this is a not tour, thus personal income Tour. Well, PAK always supports us I agree that, PAK much better than India. We also Supports PAK, but doesn't means we must tour PAK, where ICC still not given Any Positive responds, And TAMIM is going New Zealand.. SHAKIB & MASH Still not fits, thus tour nothing will help PAK, It ll be disappointing for BD Cricket… please STOP TOUR……..DONT GO

Posted by AndyZaltzmannsHair on (December 16, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

We need to concentrate on the South Africa series which starts at the same time as the BPL. Look after number one. We've given plenty to Bangladesh cricket down the years. Helped them get Test status, played regularly with them, (when few others wanted to), defended them when other nations wanted to strip them off their Tests. Heck, their spin bowling coach who has improved their bowling standards is Pakistani. And all we get in return is disdain and disrespect. Not even a thankyou. Well Bangladesh, you guys think you're world beaters now (only God knows why), so stand on your two feet. Don't worry about Pakistan cricket, we can beat the very best in the world, and not just in cricket, look at Hockey for example.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

The last paragraph of this article is the worrying bit. If ICC allows "special dispensation" then that means our players and staff are risking themselves. Can't believe that some of our silly Bangladesh politicians are going for personal gains in exchange for our teams safety and well being.

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 16, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

I don't get why Pakistan board is asking Bangladesh after all according to our Pak friends we're below teams like Ireland and Afghanistan so please ask them instead of us. Can't believe Pakistan are interrupting Bangladesh especially when they're busy with major domestic tournaments franchises in first class and 20 over plus 2 tours in the early part of the new year.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (December 16, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

PCB and BCB are really behaving like unprofessional here but since Pakistan are so desperate for Bangladesh to go might as well get it over and done with as both boards really cannot afford to lose eachother when it comes to Politics in Cricket. Pakistan fans are telling me that hosting Bangladesh is unnecessary considering its one sided and they are right but still your board wants us instead of other weaker teams tells me something else.

Posted by   on (December 16, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

Seriously dirty politics from both boards, its not a matter of "honoring commitments", players lives are at stakes. Very recently there was a shootout at the airport. Mustafa Kamal sign the contract for his own benefit, I guess he should pad up and play there alone.

Posted by British_North_America on (December 16, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

I honor commitment but if PCB really acts in that way then for our pride, with whom we have fought for independence should be given a lesson that BPL can be run without Pakistani players.

Posted by getsetgopk on (December 16, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Good on you PCB for making it clear that its my way or the high way. Go PCB!!!

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (December 16, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

I donno why not having 20 player should bother Bangladesh, If they think Pakistan is not safe they should not go there :/

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