Pakistan news December 31, 2012

Zaka Ashraf reacts sternly to Bangladesh delaying tour

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Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, has expressed annoyance at the Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) decision to put their proposed tour of Pakistan on hold a second time. He reacted aggressively, saying that Pakistan will 'reconsider' its bilateral ties with Bangladesh after the BCB, once again, backed down from going ahead with the tour. Pakistan, he said, will not sacrifice their interests for those who do not honour their words.

The PCB, Ashraf said, had not forced Bangladesh to tour. "If they don't want to come its their own decision and we didn't force them," Zaka told ESPNcricinfo. Bangladesh, he said, had confirmed the tour to the PCB and the ICC "three times and still they backed off. Now their own reputation is at stake. If they don't want to respect their bilateral relationship then we will also respond in the same manner."

The most immediate consequences of this breakdown of relations between the two boards over the controversial tour, will be felt at the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) that will begin on January 18. The BPL is clashing with the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's premier first-class event. ESPNcricinfo understands that the PCB is unlikely to release most of their top players - Umar Gul, Kamran Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Imran Nazir and Wahab Riaz were all signed up at the league's 2013 auction - for the BPL.

"We will take a principled stance on the BPL," Ashraf said. "But one thing is sure: our players might not be free as we are making our own arrangements from next year." He said that PCB-related commitments may occupy most of the players' time and that "they may not be bothered for other things".

The PCB had begun its preparations for an impending tour after getting a positive response from the BCB. Tenders had gone out, inviting sponsorship bids for a series title sponsor, two co-sponsors and in-stadia advertising rights for two international matches (one ODI and one T20). The PCB has also moved the domestic first-class Quaid-e-Azam matches, scheduled between January 7 and 22 away from the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore to accommodate the proposed matches against Bangladesh.

Ashraf said it was "almost confirmed" that Bangladesh would tour Pakistan, but found it "strange" that they had pulled out from their commitment. The PCB's efforts to revive international cricket in Pakistan, according to Ashraf, was on track: "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Cricket_theBestGame on January 3, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    @ Rezaul - the tour of 2003 of BCB was a good thing. pcb appreciated it. thats why pcb is always backing bcb. maybe you've forgotten icc president is your not so long ago BCB cheif who agreed with pcb to tour if pcb voted for him !!! well wisher you said it pal...pcb is a well wisher !

    the funny thing is bcb is committing to tour and cancel themselves. how long will they play the security card. pcb time to move on. bcb have been given enough rope now.

  • Purbo23 on January 2, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Pak board including others didn't support BD test status because Bangladesh played outstanding cricket in 2000-01. The reason behind was to increase Asian country and have some voice in ICC (it was ruled mainly by Aus like India is doing now). The other and most vital reason was "Cricket Business".

  • on January 2, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    the last ball of asia cup final, when BD lost the cup, is the main reason behind Bangladesh's denial.

  • macthebaby on January 2, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    I am extremely disappointed with PCB for pursuing a tour from Bangladesh cricket team. What will Pakistan cricket get out of this tour, nothing. Bangladesh should have never been given the status of a test playing nation, because they have proved time and time again that they can never learn cricket. And then for such a novice to keep breaking their promises, ICC should take note of it. And Bangladesh, concerned about the security of its players is not realistic. I still remember what they did to the West Indies team. Pakistan should not send its players to BPL and look down upon them in the same way as other cricketing nations do.

  • EngineeredCricketer on January 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    This is history now. One thing is worth mentioning here. Life is like a circle, if you are the top, hold the hands of those who are the bottom as it will be your turn then when you will need the same support. This is what is happening to Pakistan. It's their hard times. I would like to mention a Pushto quote here, "Da wakht ba hum ter shi (This time will pass on too)". Good Luck Bangladesh and we are waiting for our good times to come.

  • voyager on January 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Establish its own prefessional league to bring the activity into their stadiums and local comerce. THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT PAKISTAN CAN AND SHOULD DO. Stop begging to other nations to come and embarass us. Bilateral tours does not generate sufficient interest anymore and definately not against BD, in future the bilateral tours will become obsolete anyway. So simply establish a good league and work hard on its presentation and competition and with time international players will start coming on their own.

  • Rezaul on January 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    To the Pak fans who are angry and writing emotional comments about BCB and Bangladesh cricket. For reality check, please see that only one test playing nation (Bangladesh) is considering to tour Pakistan at this moment even at this chaotic situation in Pakistan. No other team is even considering that as an option. On the other hand Bangladesh team expressed their interest again and again to tour their. Hope you did not forget when NZL team went back home keeping their tour half complete and no other teams wanted to tour Pakistan (Aus, Eng, SA postponed their tour), Bangladesh went there and played a full series in 2003. Dont you think thats a friend and well wisher team? This time the situation is far worse. Yet, Bangladesh did not cancell the tour but postponed for a while and waiting for security to improve their. Dont you think thats fair enough? So, before bullying against BCB and Bangladesh team please think twice. Again, Bangladesh still considers touring Pak, nobody else does.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 2, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @ Zeeshan Arshad: Actually previous time both PK & BD nominated Ehsan according to quota, so this time both of BD & PK nominated Kamal, nothing else. No need to make anymore commitment for this like touring an unsecured country. I must say it was a big mess by BCB (actually Mustafa Kamal alone) to make such useless commitments. And yes PK r doing something for minnows of Asia (currently AFG, UAE) like ENG r doing in Europe, SA for Namibia and WI in North America. But I've not heard BD-XI played in QEA trophy. @ SyedArbabAhmed : Yes, a top team always mention a defeat to minnows as a fluke lol. Ind did the same after 2007 WC, or SL in 2009 after losing to BD & both of them lost vs BD in Asia cup. No doubt BD is a minnow in Tests. But how long can top sides mention their defeat vs BD as fluke? After 2012, it's too lame to say such thing for One-day format.

  • on January 2, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    childish attitude form BD Cricket, on the field and now off the field too. Pakistan should consider the bilateral relations with Bangladash as Pakistan had support them many times in cricket history. Pakistan should invite West Indies for tour.

  • reality_check on January 2, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @kuasa. Only difference is that BCB made a written committment to tour ONLY after they were satisfied with the security arrangements. Now they want to back off from their own committment. No one forced them to agree to tour. Bangladesh cricket is a joke, on the field and off the field. PCB should not allow a single player to participate in BPL. Let them buy players from Kenya to play.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on January 3, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    @ Rezaul - the tour of 2003 of BCB was a good thing. pcb appreciated it. thats why pcb is always backing bcb. maybe you've forgotten icc president is your not so long ago BCB cheif who agreed with pcb to tour if pcb voted for him !!! well wisher you said it pal...pcb is a well wisher !

    the funny thing is bcb is committing to tour and cancel themselves. how long will they play the security card. pcb time to move on. bcb have been given enough rope now.

  • Purbo23 on January 2, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Pak board including others didn't support BD test status because Bangladesh played outstanding cricket in 2000-01. The reason behind was to increase Asian country and have some voice in ICC (it was ruled mainly by Aus like India is doing now). The other and most vital reason was "Cricket Business".

  • on January 2, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    the last ball of asia cup final, when BD lost the cup, is the main reason behind Bangladesh's denial.

  • macthebaby on January 2, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    I am extremely disappointed with PCB for pursuing a tour from Bangladesh cricket team. What will Pakistan cricket get out of this tour, nothing. Bangladesh should have never been given the status of a test playing nation, because they have proved time and time again that they can never learn cricket. And then for such a novice to keep breaking their promises, ICC should take note of it. And Bangladesh, concerned about the security of its players is not realistic. I still remember what they did to the West Indies team. Pakistan should not send its players to BPL and look down upon them in the same way as other cricketing nations do.

  • EngineeredCricketer on January 2, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    This is history now. One thing is worth mentioning here. Life is like a circle, if you are the top, hold the hands of those who are the bottom as it will be your turn then when you will need the same support. This is what is happening to Pakistan. It's their hard times. I would like to mention a Pushto quote here, "Da wakht ba hum ter shi (This time will pass on too)". Good Luck Bangladesh and we are waiting for our good times to come.

  • voyager on January 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Establish its own prefessional league to bring the activity into their stadiums and local comerce. THAT IS THE ONLY THING THAT PAKISTAN CAN AND SHOULD DO. Stop begging to other nations to come and embarass us. Bilateral tours does not generate sufficient interest anymore and definately not against BD, in future the bilateral tours will become obsolete anyway. So simply establish a good league and work hard on its presentation and competition and with time international players will start coming on their own.

  • Rezaul on January 2, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    To the Pak fans who are angry and writing emotional comments about BCB and Bangladesh cricket. For reality check, please see that only one test playing nation (Bangladesh) is considering to tour Pakistan at this moment even at this chaotic situation in Pakistan. No other team is even considering that as an option. On the other hand Bangladesh team expressed their interest again and again to tour their. Hope you did not forget when NZL team went back home keeping their tour half complete and no other teams wanted to tour Pakistan (Aus, Eng, SA postponed their tour), Bangladesh went there and played a full series in 2003. Dont you think thats a friend and well wisher team? This time the situation is far worse. Yet, Bangladesh did not cancell the tour but postponed for a while and waiting for security to improve their. Dont you think thats fair enough? So, before bullying against BCB and Bangladesh team please think twice. Again, Bangladesh still considers touring Pak, nobody else does.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 2, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    @ Zeeshan Arshad: Actually previous time both PK & BD nominated Ehsan according to quota, so this time both of BD & PK nominated Kamal, nothing else. No need to make anymore commitment for this like touring an unsecured country. I must say it was a big mess by BCB (actually Mustafa Kamal alone) to make such useless commitments. And yes PK r doing something for minnows of Asia (currently AFG, UAE) like ENG r doing in Europe, SA for Namibia and WI in North America. But I've not heard BD-XI played in QEA trophy. @ SyedArbabAhmed : Yes, a top team always mention a defeat to minnows as a fluke lol. Ind did the same after 2007 WC, or SL in 2009 after losing to BD & both of them lost vs BD in Asia cup. No doubt BD is a minnow in Tests. But how long can top sides mention their defeat vs BD as fluke? After 2012, it's too lame to say such thing for One-day format.

  • on January 2, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    childish attitude form BD Cricket, on the field and now off the field too. Pakistan should consider the bilateral relations with Bangladash as Pakistan had support them many times in cricket history. Pakistan should invite West Indies for tour.

  • reality_check on January 2, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @kuasa. Only difference is that BCB made a written committment to tour ONLY after they were satisfied with the security arrangements. Now they want to back off from their own committment. No one forced them to agree to tour. Bangladesh cricket is a joke, on the field and off the field. PCB should not allow a single player to participate in BPL. Let them buy players from Kenya to play.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on January 2, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @M_Rakibul_Islam: 1-Bangladesh confirmed the tour to the PCB and the ICC "three times and still they backed off. Now their own reputation is at stake. 2-If you can't keep promise then why do you promise? 3-U-19 win of Bangladesh against Pakistan was a big FLUKE 4-We are responsible that you are playing test cricket, how much part we played the world knows

  • on January 2, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    @M-rakibul-Islam - strongly refute your statement that there was a favor in nominations as both countries go through a quota and unfortunately this was Pak-bangla's chance to nominate one candidate as per the system. Since Bd is been a lot of leverage they are toying with the PCB officials. Lets not forget that when BCB domestic set up was a mere two teams , Pakistan offered the BCBIX to play in quaid e Azam trophy. They also have done the same for Afghanistan. Pakistan doesn't need this tour but yes BD needs it in the longer run. Pakistan is only trying to remind BD of it's obligations and commitments that unfortunately are not implied for reasons only known to BD top officials, not you or me.

  • on January 2, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    we all want international teams to come Pakistan, but Bangladesh is not giving the right answer of our call. so for the sake of Pakistan Cricket Mr. Zaka Ashraf have to avoid giving NOC to our player. Also our player have to reject there Offers for our national cricket.

  • Solid_Snake on January 2, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    I still remember what happened after recent Asia Cup final match..BD were crying like babies & registered a complaint against Aizaz Cheema.. Same childish attitude here.. Lol why this thing isnt getting into the minds of BD fans.. WE ARE NOT ASKING YOU TO COME HERE..JUST DON'T MAKE A COMMITMENT IF YOU CANNOT STICK WITH IT.JUST DON'T LIE..A SIMPLE 'NO' WAS MORE THAN ENOUGH..then we would have said you nothing.. I hope you got it... Thanks :)

  • on January 2, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi I am ashamed of the behavior showed by BCB...time and time again BCB told they are satisfied about the security situation and made commitment to visit Pak and then pulled off for that they even used the judicial system and high court unprecedentedly ruled on Bangladesh visiting Pak ...and again after few months BCB agreed to visit pak in Jan 2013 just to buy support for ICC selection and now that is over and BCB shows its color again by backing off from the commitment....like Bangladeshi politicians BCB is putting us down internationally...hope they will learn to find it self disrespectful...

  • kuasa on January 2, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Pakistan is not a safe country for touring...They cant even provide security for their own ministers, how on earth one can believe the same incident would not happen again what once happened with Sri Lankan team. BCB has taken the right decision.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 2, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    @ mohsae52: I must say PK have lots of talents in U19 side. But ur talented PAK U19 lost to BD U19 side in last U19 World Cup in 2012... lol. Yup, BD is undoubtedly a MINNOW in Test & T20 cricket. But their head to head record against other minnows like ZIM, KEN, IRE is far better than that u mentioned.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 2, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @ cric4world & other fans from PAKISTAN: Nomination of Mustafa KAMAL as the VICE PRESIDENT isn't a charity of PCB. In fact they were obliged to nominate him as BCB also helped PCB to make EHSAN MONEY as the President of ICC few years back. Those who think that the proposed BD tour is a return as the nomination of Mustfa Kamal, u guys have short term Memories ...lol.

  • on January 2, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    I think Paksitan should make a firm stand on its players not allowing them to play in BPL.All th eplayers should be told not to go and in case they go they should be banned from Playing in Paksitan cricket.Bangla Desh cricket Board is thankless and should not be given free hand in every field as it is enjoying with the help of stupid BCCP>they should stop playing in the hands of BCB.

  • BowledYa on January 2, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Bangladesh not coming to Pakistan? I'd rather wait to get a better team even if it takes another 2 years. Pakistan whitewashed them in Bangladesh in every format so how competitive (and entertaining for the fans) would it be playing them in Pakistan? Agree with cric4world 100%. Not sad at all they are not playing in Pak, but sorry they cannot be trusted to honor their word - twice!

  • on January 2, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Is anybody able to give me the status of Md Amir,plssss.For all cricket lover plsss bring him bk.

  • BowledYa on January 2, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    As a Pakistani I previously supported Bangladesh, but having seen the BCB's lack of commitment to their word and their childish behavior in the Asia cup aftermath I see no reason to invite Bangladesh to Pakistan. Yes, M. MD Ali Afghanistan IS a better team than Bangladesh and they along with teams like Zimbabwe should be invited instead. Two chances are more than what BCB deserved.

  • K.A.K on January 2, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    In the recent past BCB security team has visited Pakistan and reviewed the security arrangements in detail for this short tour. They found it to be satisfactory. Pakistan also hosted international players (veterans) to play in Karachi a few months ago. Pakistan may be in the news for violence and all, but the elite and politicians enjoy a very robust security for themselves, and that was what was being offered to the international team to visit and play in Pakistan. Nevertheless, it a a BCB decision to visit Pakistan or not, however, BCB has taken unfair advantage of PCB to get the ICC position and then backoff it word while their security team had approved of the security arrangements in Pakistan. Well said UrmilaJharna. I feel there may be other political reasons for backing out from this tour, other than security.

  • ra_tokyo on January 1, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Here was the original deal: BD and PAK had to select their candidates for ICC during 2003-06. That time BD supported Pak and Pak was supposed to support BD this time. However PCB played really good to make a second deal out of it. Many people were talking about 'promises'. Well, promises can't be kept by risking people's lives. (And, it's not the question of who plays better.) Cricket is not a game like Gladiator where we are used to risk players' lives. Please please please improve your country's security. That will improve tourism also. To BCB: Mostafa Kamal made a real mess of the situation. Things like this (diplomatic failure) should not happen again.

  • on January 1, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Given constant security issues why would anybody wish to tour Pakistan- Ask the Sri Lankans!.Even cricket is not worth dying for.

  • cric4world on January 1, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    for all people who think PCB is forcing BCB bcoz they r a weaker side, they need to know that pak is not forcing anybody.pak was planning to go for VP post in ICC and they had all the votes but then BCB requested PAK to let them become VP so they can improve cricket in bangladesh when they have a higher authority person in ICC . and in return BD will send their team to pak. so pak as a good will gesture let mustafa kamal bcome VP and even sri lanka voted for him bcoz it was sri lanka's turn to vote for pakistan but pakistan diverted that vote to BD. then whole drama of security check visit and all clear statements from BD security team but they refused to come.nobody was upset but then they again started the whole saga n asked PCB to send their players to BPL n again in return they will visit pak. again a betrayal. so tell me is pak forcing BCB or is BCB fooling PCB? i dont know about others but i dont feel all the attachment and warmth anymore that i used to feel for BD cricket team

  • cric4world on January 1, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    @Baundele. wat mouth did u use to make that comment? pak number 6 and bd number 8 n its not a huge difference? well u have won 1 match against pak in whole history. lets count again all the matches u have won against pak, 1. world record for most victories against a particular team in ODI history? pak against bd. today i claim in 6 months we will b among top 3 ODI and test teams , lets see how many people laugh at me. as a bangladeshi u claim u will get even to number 6 and lets see how many people laugh at you. 2 number difference in ranking is a huge difference at this stage, but both teams r definitely almost equal for a pea sized brain :P

  • cric4world on January 1, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    my friends who think pak top players need BPL desperately bcoz they cant get into IPL, they need to understand BPL is not getting our top players they r only getting drop outs, BPL is essential for bangi players bcoz they dont get bought anywhere else in world except for shakib but even back benchers of pak team r playing county, big bash, SLPL and wat not. if bangladeshis r protesting against their team visiting pakistan, or their families scared of sending their babies to pak to play, or their media is creating a havoc, how come BCB didnt see it before making a commitment? dont they live inside bangladesh? didnt they know wat players n their families think or wat ppl in bangladesh r saying about it? just admit it that BCB betrayed PCB for vote and then BPL. that is our only point . .... trust me nobody is sad about BD not coming here we rather play better teams in UAE and foreign soil.everybody wants to play against pak , but they only play BD bcoz FTP forces them

  • MWaqqar on January 1, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    If BD visits Pak, Pak playera can play in BPL. If BD does not visit then Pak players cannot play in BPL because domestic cricket and SA tour are more important. What fantastic logic.

  • cric4world on January 1, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    i dont know wat to say about all the ridiculing, sarcastic, and to some extent insulting comments from bangladeshi people. they fail to understand that we r not upset about them not visiting pak, we r upset about how they betray their own commitment. when they wanted PCB to vote for mustafa as ICC VP, they give all green signals and all sort of commitment but immediately after vote is done they refuse.when they want players for BPL they again make commitment n 2 days after auction they refuse. situation in pakistan is gona improve, pak is a top team and everybody gona love playing against them today or tomorrow or next year, but wat about bangladesh then? u can laugh at us today that even afghan or iraq wont visit us but tomorrow even aus n england gona visit but who is gona support BCB at any platform? u think money minded BCCI? or pakistan lover sri lanka? u lost the only country that had guts at highest level to stand up for u. enjoy our misery today but there is always a tomorrow

  • PakCricSpin on January 1, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    The irony of it all is that Sri Lanka will be the first team to return to Pakistan. I think the Sri Lankan board is more cooperative than these other boards. I think its primarily because Sri Lankans know the perils of terrorism in their own nation as well. Great people.

  • MWaqqar on January 1, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Chairman Cricket Board in Pak is a very high profile job. President of Pakistan always make political based appointment. Zaka Ashraf belongs to ruling Peoples Party. Elections are due in a few months and if a new party comes to power Zaka would be one of the first to lose his job. Zaka wants to make BD and Pak teams sacrificial lambs to save his job.

  • on January 1, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    This is really disgusting from BCB. They should not forget Pakistan's contribution in getting them test status. Although, they did'nt make any impact after getting test status and still enjoying the blanket of "put up a good show". Even when some big names of cricket were of the opinion that BD's test satus should be cancelled, it was Pakistan who took stand. BCB is making lame excuses now even when PCB has successfully held two matches in October 2012 against the world XI featuring so many international players. Its better that Bangladesh should sweep before its own door before taking such rubbish decisions.

  • MWaqqar on January 1, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    I dont know why so many Paks and Zaka Ashraf are getting emotional and petty about BD team not visiting Pak. BD has made the right decision, a terrorist attack is a reality in Pak and a foreign cricket team is prime target. A tour would endanger not only tourists but also officials, Pak players and public. Security situation in Pak is serious and different from other countries. Some low profile tours of sports other then cricket have taken place but cricket is different. It is not possible to provide security against terror attacks like suicide bombing. Moreover why should this risk be taken for the sake of couple of games. BD has taken the right decision.

  • johnwilliam on January 1, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    BCB decision does not impressive, they think negatively, without any dought PCB is better than BCB, BCB not keeping their word is really shame in a game; Games should not be use for politic purpose. Any way in short word, BCB decision is shameful in a cricket history

  • mohsae52 on January 1, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket is playing politics they forget Pakistan was the country who helped them getting test status otherwise they would have not got the test status. One more thing until and unless haseena wajid is the prime minister there will not be good relations with Pakistan. In my opion Zimbabwe is much better than Bangladesh even Kenya is better than Bangladesh. My advise to Pakistani cricketers they themselves should not go to Bangladesh to play bpl instead they can go and play in Australia's big bash league. I am proud of my Pakistani team They have plenty of talent even our under 19 team can beat Bangladesh team very easily.

  • on January 1, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @MD ALI, Believe me that Afghan Cricket team is way way better than Bangladeshi Cricket team, Mark my words they will beat Bangladeshi team anytime anywhere !!!!!

  • sadi_ashraf on January 1, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Mr. Zaka Ashraf , at first make improvement of the security situation in your country & then ask them to tour.

  • on January 1, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    mr.ashraf should realise the situation in pakistan and feel himself.it is not improving there what bd was expecting to be improved and waiting.in this stuation no country will visit pakistan.

  • on January 1, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    actually its doestn,t a matter either bd team visit to pakistan or not..but the confusion which is create by the bcb is not agood way..if they don,t want to visit no problem, cleaerly refused no body are forceing them.but its icc future tours progamme that bd team would be visit to pakistan..and its naturaly reaction of Mr.ashraf that better team will be visit to pakistan....but my opinion is that its not a bcb own decision...and it the end of the day they(BCB) lose a good friend who support bd team every.

  • Digitalbouncer on January 1, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    I think the tour was part of deal between tow boards,,means Pakistan has to vote for bangladashi candidte in ICC and in return the BCB will send the team to pakistan. Pakistan has already supported the BCB candidate now the ball is in court of BCB. They should remember its not end of the world..They might need pakistan support on other issue...simply BCB has to honor the commitment.

  • njr1330 on January 1, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    Can they not play the matches in the UAE?

  • on January 1, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Ashraf said "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." LOL yeah sure you can, maybe Afgan or Iraq..

  • on January 1, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Message from Bangladesh

    There is something behind the scene. As we live in republic country, players have to hear public, gov, org, family of them & so on. Trust me we have tried but there is daily strike against going PAK, press coverage against PAK and so things hurdle us. Besides family members of players are strongly disagree with this tour.

    As Bangladeshi we hope good for PAK. That is why we have tried. Please think the scenes behind media.

    We have tried.

  • UrmilaJharna on January 1, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Being a Bangladeshi, I feel sad knowing that BCB had a written commitment with PCB for this tour, which is kinda 'betray'ing with the 'written' truce. BCB easily could have disagreed with the proposed tour at the very first time. But the previous BCB president is a politician and the present BCB president is also a politician, son of Bangladesh President. So they really turned down their commitment like a 'politician', and put the reputation of the people in stake! Because they don't reallt don't care about the people of the country. It is same with the Pakistani politians as well. ICC should make a rule to bare 'politician' to come to Cricket Board. Politicians MUST not come close to Cricket to ruin its repuation! So sad.

  • EngineeredCricketer on January 1, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Relations b/w the countries are always different than b/w the two persons. BD should not put the tour "on hold" rather they should cancel it if they don't want to tour. To me, this is the true essence of friendship that you move forward with the clear mind and don't put your friend on hold by giving dates. Confused relationships never last for long. BD has concerns over the security and Pakistan would not like to have repetition of Lankan Team's incident to diminish the remaining rays of hopes for the revival of international cricket. Dialogue is the best way to solve the problems. Come on BD, just make it clearer to Pakistan that you can't tour Pakistan and that's it. Don't lose friends and even if you don't consider them friends, don't increase your enemies.

  • on January 1, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    I think in the overall situation BCB is on the losing side here. They have to realize that they might have played a dirty trick on PCB and Zaka Ashraf in particular but we live in a world where what goes round comes round. BCB will always need support of PCB like they did for ICC VP post. They lost a true friend who helped them stand in the cricketing world.

    Or probably considering Bangladesh teams performance in last decade or so they don't see a forseeable future and planning to shut off cricket totally so broken ties dont mean much to them :)

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on January 1, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Mr. Zaka said he will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh. But in current security condition even CANADA or UAE won't tour there, let minnow test nations & top associates aside.... lol. I fell PITY for Mr. Zaka Ashraf who has been trolled by the Hypocrisy of ex-BCB president Mustafa Kamal. Btw, BCB has been misguided by Mr. Kamal & they cost it now by staging some annoying drama. And of course, PK players will join BPL. BPL & SLPL r livelihood of top Pakistani cricketers as they have no access to IPL.

  • on January 1, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    If Bangladesh is a mediocre team then why are you guys so upset? And if Ire & Afg are a better team then go convince them to play in your soil. BCB backed out at the last moment and its very natural for you to be upset. You should also realize that recent events in Pakistan are very shocking and disturbing. May be nothing is going to happen to BD team if they go to Pakistan but who wants to risk their life. PCB assured 110% security to BD team but recent deaths of cops have made BD think otherwise.

    Dont forget, Bangladeshis are perhaps the only people who still supports and respects your team and nation but you guys are just about to lose all those (Although it doesnt matter to you) because of your raging comments.

  • Warm_Coffee on January 1, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    hahaha Pakistan safer than Bangladesh sure but come to my mind, how on earth did Pakistan with their 'top' security failed to deliver the Sri Lanka team bus safely to the stadium? do we even have answer to that yet on why they failed that's the scary bit people died you know in that tragic incident so Bangladesh board are smart and Pakistan invite Canada and Afghanistan who are obviously better than Bangladesh wait invite Malaysia, Hong Kong, UAE etc all better than Bangladesh totally agree :P

  • Muntaka on January 1, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Ashraf : "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." Lol

  • on January 1, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    PCB should show Bangladesh that.If Bangladesh will not come to Pakistan So PCB will also not send Pakistani players to BPL.

  • bad_boy on January 1, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    @Awan Malik - pakistan is a safer country than bangladesh... please understand srilankan players got shot on pakistani soil not in bangladesh... also note if pakistani peoples situation does not improve I donot see any international cricket in pakistan in the near future... rule out indian, aussies, kiwis, west indians, the english and south africans... to play in pakistan without at least 100 million dollar insurance on each players

  • Fearless_Greens on January 1, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Why BD fans are not getting this? Pakistan is not angry that someone is not touring their country due to security conditions. All teams have done that and just like them BD has the right to do so. But none of those teams made a written commitment to PCB and then backed out at the last moment. Security conditions were same at the time when BCB gave that written consent. Pakistani fans are in shock because someone who they thought would help them in these times and who gave them a written consent will do this to them. Had BCB backed out at first instance there would not have been any issues. But now after getting the VP position at ICC BCB are backing out of the deal. What hurts is that this came from someone whom we trusted and respected. That is why Pakistani fans are emotional, sad and dejected. BD fans are calling us different names but they fail to understand that its not a normal reaction. In fact I am starting to believe that we can never trust BCB and BD fans.

  • on January 1, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    its a good decision by Bangladesh they should not risk their players life to bring international cricket in pakistan Lets ICC handle this If pakistan ready to bring international team in pakistan then they should organize Tri nation cup with AUS nd ENG can they do it ?? AUS wont come to Pak8stan so are they gonna ban bigbash too ?? hah hah hah

  • asiacricket1234 on January 1, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    I don't really understand one thing. All Pakistani fans here are saying that Bangladesh is a rubbish team and they are happy that this series isn't gonna happen but at the same time they are angry that BCB cancelled the tour. So what actually going on in their head? Are they really glad that this series isn't happening or is it one of those "Graphs are sour" Situation? Many of them saying Ireland & Afgan are better team. Why dont PCB get those team to play & convince the rest of the world to go & play there???

  • Warm_Coffee on January 1, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    hahahaha Pakistan look very mad and upset oh well that ends well wish you all the best. Pakistan think they can take advantage of us my word ;)

  • on January 1, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Ireland took Pak for many years ago in a match where most of Pak players were injured, and Pak team was evolving, Bangladesh can loose to any team any day, even our club team can beat Bangladesh on a good day, we want faisal Bank t20, then wasting time on making big records against bangladesh, its truly the most boring and weak team ever :)

  • on January 1, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Ive HAD enough ! The problem is not that bangladesh should'nt "risk" their life in Pakistan, which is 100 times better and safer country than "Bangladesh". The problem is that they confirm it 3 times! and then back off, ;) while Pakistan use money on making arrangements etc. So dont sound like bunch of retards, 2ndly, bangalis should'nt talk, cant even manage to beat a low ranked team like Ireland, getting popular only bcos of Pakistani players were playing in the BPL, so my friends, ur a low rank team, while Pakistan is one of the best teams in the world, (recently clean washed england, THUMPED India, and won the Asia cup" :D So think before you say something ...

  • ShadmanIslam on January 1, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    I think Pakistanis forget their internal problems and tend to think that cricket is beyond life..Well,its NOT!!There's a reason why nobody wants to go to Pakistan and why would they, I get the fact that their can be some form of written agreement, but by sending our team to Pakistan we will be risking our players..and if you think about inviting other teams..well my friend Idk which part of the world you live in and what you eat,,,BEST OF LUCK finding a team..stupid ignorant people who think cricket is larger than life!Get a life,its 2013!

  • on January 1, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    if they are not coming to Pakistan when Pakistan should ban their players to participate in BPL...

  • 4_Best_Cricket on January 1, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Why is ICC so quiet on this issue? Where is ICC's leadership?

  • Taha_Farrukh on January 1, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    Pakistan is top ranked team....they should play again high ranked instead wast time , money for low ranked team like Bangladesh,,,,, why should not we welcome Zim who is willing to come Pakistan any time..... to play against Bangla PCB should organized another T20 tournament atleast we can c some Professional & quality cricket and cricketer......... our national Hero's....... they r far better then Bangla cricketer........Best of Luck Pakistan Cricket.............

  • mkamd on January 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    I think Pakistan should not hurry to bring other teams to Pakistan right now. Something similar to SL team may cause even bigger problem. Instead Pakistan should focus in having consistent series against better test rank teams like Eng, Aus, SA, SL WI and NZ every two years on regular basis, if not in their country than in those test playing nations. The best option currently is to bring International teams for a short T20 series with heightened security. Playing more than sparingly against teams like BD is waste of our time. This team got test status prematurely as a charity case from PK, which was a wrong decision as time has proven that they are incabpable of winning a single test yet. Teams like CA, Ireland, Afghanistan also have one or two world class players , does not mean that they should be given Test status. BD fans bolster their occasional wins against other teams however they can't explain the fact that if their team is so good then why they are always at the bottom..

  • on January 1, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    I understand that Pakistan having tough time, but what wonders me how can they ignore the security concern. Cricketers are also sons of their parents. What would Pakistani can do if something really happen? We, Bangladeshis are atleast trying to go there... no one else even thinking of it...

  • on January 1, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    It is time for Bangladesh cricket to hand over the test status. It is very insulting for the team like Bangladesh to play with red ball. Being a Pakistani, I don't want to see them in Pakistan. Better watch Faisal Bank T20. Lot more talent than BD cricket.

  • on January 1, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan my only wish is that teams will start touring Pakistan once more.Pakistanis are such warm and nice People and my only wish that our Cricket Board make the bold decision to send our team once more to Pakistan subject to security grantees from our friends . And one must not forget that during difficult times in 1996 when Teams like Australia and West Indies boycotted SL it was India and Pakistan that stood by us. Pakistan has always been a good friend of Sr Lanka and Inshaallah and its time we do best to ensure that Cricket is back in Pakistan Inshaallah

  • Warm_Coffee on January 1, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @HJ_verdict: Don't behave silly Bangladesh can already beat India, Sri Lanka and West Indies within the same year so that silly argument of yours is invalid based on that evidence. We know you guys are too scared on Bangladesh climbing up in Cricket. Ireland better than Bangladesh blah blah blah hear it all the time we beat Ireland in the last 4 matches. You seem to have a bad memory that it was Ireland that beat bigger teams like PAKISTAN and England :D

  • Warm_Coffee on January 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Instead of Pakistan blaming us fans and our players blame the people who run Bangladesh Cricket its their fault not ours.

  • on January 1, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    I think PCB should not waste its time convincing such a low ranking team like Bangladesh on playing in Pakistan. Instead they should keep on playing against bigger teams like Australia, England, India, Srilanka to perfect themselves in the game, and one day INSHALLAH they will consider to play in Pakistan when the time and conditions are favourable.

  • HJ_verdict on January 1, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Bangladesh should play against teams like Nepal, Kenya, Papa New Guinea, UAE & Scotland. On their day teams like Ireland and Holland can easily beat Bangladesh. Ranking of Ireland is even better than Bangladesh. Dont understand why PCB wants to invite Bangladesh a substandard team to whom Pakistan has beaten 30-1 times.

  • ExtremeSpeed on January 1, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    @Puran Sharma - Its Bangladesh not East Pakistan that's insulting considering our history and how we were treated by them and then whooped them.

  • on January 1, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    East Pakistan Not Willing to Play with West Pakistan, So Sad

  • on January 1, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    well..anyways we all know who was responsible for the sri lankan team attack in pakistan..if anyone has a doubt please check the uk telegraph news

  • AHZ-Dubai on January 1, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    What I cannot understand is Pakistan board bending backwards for BCB. Bangladesh team will not be competitive if it played in first class tournaments in England, Australia, India, South Africa or Pakistan. They do not deserve a Test status and they have shown it multiple times through their on field performances. If PCB was bending backwards for Aus, India, England or SA then it would be understandable but they are really selling themselves and the country short for Bangladesh. Gimme a break.

  • CricketingStargazer on January 1, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    The sad fact is that Pakistan is not an attractive destination, even for its Asian neighbours and it is hard to blame them for being reluctant to tour. When the attack on the Sri Lankan team occurred everyone felt that there would be no tours to Paistan in at least 10 years, so it was astonishing that the PCB was able to get another Board even to consider a tour so quickly. The PCB can threaten all it likes but that will not change the essential truth that until the security situation changes radically not too many international cricketers will want to take the risk of being used for target practice. The Boards may have agreed on the tour, but the Bangladesh players were, quite understandably, never enthusiastic.

  • PakiPace on January 1, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    The simple fact is that BCB needed PCB's support to try and secure the ICC's VP nomination for its candidate last year. Hence, they made the offer to tour Pakistan without having any real intention of doing so. Zaka Ashraf got hoodwinked at the time, and is now hitting back, and looking even more foolish by doing so. I am a retired cricketer living in Karachi, and would not expect any team to tour us under the current law and order situation in the nation. BCB may have done the dirty on Mr Ashraf, but they are within their rights not to tour here. The sad part is that we feel so desperate to have such a weak team like Bangladesh play here, whilst our current national team is performing at a reasonable level overseas. Show a little intelligence and pride, Mr Asraf...Bangladesh simply is not worth it. PCB would be better off ensuring that its players get paid by the BPL franchises before they release them. It is high that we showed some class!

  • Dunwall on January 1, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    @AliPirzada: On the contrary, i think, ICC would be pleased that Bangladesh won't be visiting Pakistan, as there are still major security concerns in Pakistan even among security officials. And if Bangladesh doesn't want to visit Pakistan, then I HIGHLY doubt that teams like AUS, ENG or SA will visit the country...as claimed by so many of pak fans.

  • on January 1, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    @ Pak fan , need to understand about ur country position . Is it normal ?? If ur think so . fine please invite Australia or English team . Please mind it , this is not a matter of BCB , matter of peoples opinion . BCB try his best level but most of cricket fan reject the tour DUE TO SEFTY CONDITION . Its okay , if pak cricketer 'll not join BPL , we don't mind . Good to see ur next time .

  • on January 1, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Since Pakistan players may be allowed to participate in the upcoming IPL5 Pakistan Board should stay away from Bangladesh.

  • on January 1, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    Since Pakistan and India have started playing against each other, India should send their full team to play in Pakistan. At least to start with two T20s and five ODIs so that other Countries may follow.

  • TheRisingTeam on January 1, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    SaadRocx:- Minnow league is better than NO league hehehe fact is a minnow team have and can setup their own league which is why its getting a lot of heat from you Pakistanis, English etc. Fact is minnow league has given our players great confidence which is why we beaten India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies all in the same year and almost close to Pakistan but inshallah next time we meet, we can show who is boss. Bangladesh Cricket will only just get better and better and more than a 100 million are right behind our team so good luck worried haters :P

  • on January 1, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Secondly, its not about PCB supporting BD so many times in the past, Pakistani people have great respect for bengalis but the way BCB has handled the issue is beyond compehension. If situation in Pakiatan is not favourable then BCB should not indulge with PCB officials for under the table talks.

  • sfhr on January 1, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I think its for the best!!! Firstly one T-20 and a one-dayer with a South Asian team, especially Bangladesh, will not help Pakistan in restoring cricket in Pakistan. We have got to convince teams like South Africa, Aussies, England and New Zealand to come here, and then the rest will follow. That is a tough road to follow, no doubt, but it is perhaps the only way. Pakistan Zindabad.

    Bangladesh.... You have lost a friend, and that is not because you have not come, but because of the way this situation has been dealt by your cricket gurus.

  • SaadRocx on January 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Minnow league will come to an end now.Thankx to Pakistan :)

  • on January 1, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Well inviting BD is not in the best of commercial interests for any cricket board. But Pakistan needs some support from cricketing world, let us recall when during 1996 WC teams like Aus and WI pulled out of their league matches in Sri Lanka due to bad security situation then it was a team comprising all top players from Pakistan and India which toured SL and played a friendly match, I see that as a good gesture. Now Pakistan cricket needs same sort of support at least from the Asian teams. As Ashraf said, no one forced BD to tour Pak, they themselves committed for it and pulled out. BCB is playing with emotions of millions of supporters not only in Pak but also in BD and is responsible of losing PCB's support in future because if they had denied to tour Pak at first stage things wouldn't have gone worst.

  • on January 1, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Well, for those who're saying Pakistan should grow up and first work to improve its situation, they should understand why Mr. Ashraf has given such statement. It's not because Bangladesh do not want to tour due to security issues. But it's actually the way their board has been showing hypocrisy by 1st committing to this tour and once their objectives are fulfilled, they put everything on Pakistan's situation, which has been like this for quite a few years now. Did they not know it when they made commitment? We don't hate Bangladeshi team or their players, but the BCB must pay the price of their actions. PCB should focus on building up their own domestic cricket, rather than helping BCB by sending our players to participate in BPL.

  • on January 1, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Moiz Shamsi @ LOL , a very big LOL ! Did you forget 1999 WC ? Did you forget recent ASIA cup ? u shouldn't be. Most interesting part is your players are counting days to play BPL and you guys are humiliating us ? great ! that's called Pakistan ;)

  • Siddharth_Pandit on January 1, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Reading some of the comments here it looks like people from pakistan want bangladesh to tour just because they supported bangladesh's test status. Even if we agree that's true, will it be correct to ask/force players to tour just because of board commitments? S.Asia as a whole is going through tough times and we don;t need to teach each other the position/condition of our countries. Instead of being emotional/jingoistic, let's be practical and understand that cricket at last is just a sport.

  • mazii on January 1, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Pakistan is being brutalized by terrorists. Pakistan has been playing good cricket, in spite of the fact that there has been no International cricket in Pakistan. It is evident that the more someone wants to suppress Pakistan cricket, it will become more stronger. No problem, If Bangladesh isn't coming to Pakistan then no problem, it's more than O.K. Pakistan invited Bangladesh to tour Pakistan just because to revive International cricket in Pakistan and not because Bangladesh is a good enough team to even challenge Pakistan in Pakistan. Pakistan is playing good cricket in India and showing why they are World class. Yes their are security issues in Pakistan, but the situation is not that bad. Pakistan supported Bangladesh cricket at every forum and helped them gain test status. A friend in need is a friend indeed. But Bangladesh proved this quote wrong by reneging again and again. I want to salute Pakistani team for their good performances without any International cricket in Pakista

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Pakistan fans! you got what you wanted to not waste your time and face us so what's all the fuss? I don't get it help me! go ask Australia, South Africa and England and lets see instead of asking a minnow. We don't really care about Pakistan and leave us be but wish you all the luck you can get in hosting matches again cheers!

  • pavels on January 1, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    @Shoaib Khan, now all of a sudden bangladesh has become a "not worthy of an opponents at all".then why dont you call Aus, SA to visit your country... and please make sure if they can compete with you guys...

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Aziz Baig and dustmizer @ Bangladesh promised to go there after the verification of security concern. Players like Shakib, Tamim, Mushfiq and others do not produce in a day. Would you be able to compensate if they are attacked by bomb or shooting, which is your daily activity, tell me? Its easy to say such things because you want Cricket to be played in Pakistan by any means. But this is that difficult for other countries who rely on International Newspaper and media. Is there a day when Bombing did not occur in Pakistan? So before commenting about something, think about the situation by alternating your position, Got that?

  • AliPirzada on January 1, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    ICC should reconsider the status of BD as a international cricketing nation coz they neither have the talent nor the commitment required by an international cricekting nation

  • tofazzel on January 1, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Both "funnykid" and "Jimmy2s" are perfect in my thinking. The only think I want to add here both Mr Zaka and Mr Kamal should be responsible for this unnecessary controversy. As I do believe Mr Zaka proved himself a bit more foolish. All cricket lovers around the world and especially in Pakistan should know that Bangladesh cricket has the worst leadership during the tenure of Mr Kamal. Whatever commitment he made with PCB was to enjoy more personal gain using BCB's chair. Mr Kamal's hidden pact with PCB to occupy a position in ICC made Bangladesh cricket embarrassing. Bangladesh as a growing cricketing nation should not get into any such "hidden" pact where the ICC remains silent or non-cooperative. It would be fine if Mr Zaka could assess more clearly that what every is being saying by Mr Kamal may not be easy for new board to implement as it was not a well consulted planning at BCB. As a Bangladeshi I feel shame thinking that former BCB boss pushed Bangladesh in an ugly position.

  • TopOrder_ on January 1, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    @100Asraf100. you should do some research before spitting out ur own version based on bias only. See for ur self which country visited Pakistan Before and after 2003.....South Africa: 2003,2007 England:2005 India:2004,2006,2008 Sri Lanka: 2002,2004,2008,2009 NewZealand: 2002,2003 West Indies:2006....yes pakistan forgot that tour of 2003 because of lack of competition (Bang lost ALL matches) and lack of interest in minnow.

  • koi1 on January 1, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    As a Pakistani I am glad the Bangladeshis are not touring although the fact that the BCB agreed verbally in the first place speaks volumes of how ICC politics can blind decision makers. The powers that be in this country need to wake up to the reality of the situation. Our country is not safe for our own citizens what to say of high profile visitors from abroad. The government would be well served to provide the "presidential' level security to our poor defenseless citizens who are getting massacred by the day rather than a foreign cricket team. Its time to get our head out of the sand and work to set things right. Not having cricket teams visit is the least of the issues we face.

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Whatelse do we expect from Bangladesh? They may host all the big tournaments but they can't play. they forgot how Pakistan supported them when they needed a status. They cant play any team, heck Afganistan can beat them any given day.You cannot expect anything from a team, that cannot accept defeat rather cry on the field like a bunch of kids. Grow up Bangladesh, grow up. It's time you carry your own weight.

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    As a pakistani supporter i strongly disagree with zaka ashraf by not sending pak players to play bangali league.Worst decision ever why not against bcci or any other board just because they are strong enough? safety comes first best way is to win every series eventually cricket will be back in our country.

  • imja on January 1, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Well Zaka's last comment of arranging a higher ranked team to tour Pakistan is the best joke of 2013 considering their security arranging where the governer were killed by his own bodyguard.As for the fact that PCB will not allow their players to play in the BPL means ultimately their player's will be loser from good money.

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Love u Sir Zaka Ashraf you are the best Chairman ever in PCB History . BCB should respect his promises if they didn't do not make promises . there is no difference now and before in Pak Satiation then why BCB promise before that they will send the team & now decline BCB Should Relize & respect for other Nations. onece again Love u Sir Zaka Ashraf May u live long

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." - aha what a joke, probably joke of 2013. Ask Mr. Zaka which country would like to tour Pakistan, not now but not even for the next 10 years. No player would like to put their name on the bullet of a Pakistani terrorist.

    Also, by not allowing Pakistani players to play in BPL is the loss of Pakistani players and not to BPL. BPL does not depend on Pakistani player and it is not a situation that BPL will cease to exist if Pakistani players do not go. Pakistani players need money and they have no choice but to play in T20 leagues especially when they have been shown a door in IPL.

  • on January 1, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    BCB should have some respect for themselve poor tigers fed on vegis they cant play. DB's status for playing international cricket has to reasses by ICC such poor performing team should be left out of main stream international cricket.

  • youknow on January 1, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    @those looking for excuses! the issue is not visiting Pakistan (all other teams are not visiting either) the issue is that BD has committed 3 times and then backed out (no other team has ever committed to come to Pakistan).And this excuse of security! is it a few days old problem? was BD board ignorant of that before. it looks more political rather than anything else.It might be a concern for BD fans as they have to wait longer for better teams to play with. I agree with those who suggest that Pakistan should forget about BD rather concentrate on building a super team. Pakistani fans need not to regret as now it is almost same playing here or there (thanx to wide TV coverage). and you know? playing with lesser players makes your quality lesser.

  • nishpapjibon on January 1, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Can Pakistan give our plyrs 100% security? no thy cnt Lst two weeks 75 ppl killd in Pakistan by bomb clshs. hw thy are sure tht we vil b safe? no need of pak plyr in bpl we are well fms nw in asia cricket. we organized wc 2011 very well and we have 2014 t20 wc to b held in Bangladesh by this its prvd tht we are safe enough. Zaki Ashraf cnt give one shakib,one mash, one prfct bd plyrs if anything happen to our plyr.our plyr are moe imprtn to us thn touring pak. live with ur patani demag pakis.!!!!!

  • on January 1, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    answer of Vipul_Sharma: that why team india tour pakistan 4/5 times in a year...

  • RaadQ on January 1, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    While I can understand the BCB's decision not to tour Pakistan, the manner and timing in which they made their decision is absolutely wrong. This is what we call "leading on", and the BCB should be penalised any financial losses incurred by Pakistan due to the leading on. PCB should completely eliminate any bilateral ties with the BCB, only playing them in world competitions if needed. In honesty, even if the Bangladeshi minnows do tour Pakistan, it would do them no good.

  • on January 1, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    As a bangladeshi i am sad that tour put on hold. I am also sorry for my countries irresponsible and unfit political cricket administration to back down twice from their decision. If they dont want to go they should say from the beginning that we dont want to go due to security reason that is logical. But first they say yes then say no that is childish manner. personally unfortunately i wont be unhappy if pakistan make any retaliatory decision against Bangladesh. This so called political adminstrator harming BD cricket. Nation want to get rid of this political leader from every part of sports.

  • Vipul_Sharma on January 1, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    That's why whole world called them "PLASTIC TIGERS". They are never trusted people. Shame on BCB.

  • K.H.Dushmantha on January 1, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Packistan is better for fighting with every nation rather than cricket. BCB already show some interest to cope with relation. That commitment must be appreciated rather tit-for-tat comments. No one is going to support if you are so arrogant. even though BCB has agreed tour, after that recent bombing voilence, poor BD want to sacrifice their life. Do you ever got word from ENG , AUS whether any sign orany interest or talking to visit Pakistan near future??? If no PAK people for BPL, they can get other cricketers only thing they need to spend more money for air line tickets + player's fee.Please don't make too much challenge and discuss peaceful , productive manner to get both cooperation for both board interest.

  • on January 1, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, I think it was poor for BCB to have given a verbal commitment (not to mention a tour by the BCB chief to Pakistan to check out security measures) and then back out of it. Why did they make such flimsy commitments in the first place if they didnt have the actions to back them for it? The PCB Chief's comments are regrettable, out-of-line and will deserve every rebuttal (or insult perhaps) that is thrown his way. They should realise that they need friends now, not antagonists.

  • sabee66 on January 1, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Who will sponser this tour,who will watch this,BD shoudln't come its not safe but plz dont make false committments, grow some balls like other teams and say we can't come If Pakistan win what is the big deal but if they loose...lol GOD BLESS THEM this is why no big nation play any cricket with BD....lol PCB plz let the guys focus on Indian series and later South Africa

  • on January 1, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Well we Pakistanis must be patient & focus on Pakistan team building & produce results like 3-0 white wash of England in 2012 then surely teams will be eager to compete with us on our grounds & on our terms. Forget about Bangladesh they are not worthy of an opponents at all. Pakistan toured to SL many times when they had civil war with Tamil tigers & many teams were avoiding touring to SL. I think SL is the team to most likely be the first to initiate international cricket in Pakistan again. But even for that we must try to be patient.

  • funnykid on January 1, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    This decision is not surprising at all, we were expecting it. In my opinion, PCB for the time being, should adop the policy of wait and see. When no other country is prepared to tour Pakistan, why are we trying so desperately to invite Bangladesh to play cricket in Pakistan? From an outsider perspective, security situation is not at all conducitve to any foreign team visiting Pakistan in the near future. Although we in Pakistan feel fully secure but the reality is, the security situation is not stable. What would happen, if God forbidden, any visiting foreign team/player becomes a terrorist target just like SL team? Who will be responsible and what price we'll have to pay? So PCB should not armtwist BCB and let them do what they think best for them.

  • 100Asraf100 on January 1, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Why Pakistan forget what Bangladesh team did to Pakistan at 2003?? At that time when rest of the other teams were not wanted to visit in Pakistan, but BD team visited there and played 3 test matches and 05 ODI matches. And this time the situation is more serious than that time. Though govt and other wanted to continue the tour, I think only peoples negative reaction helps govt to take this decision becaz the National election is very near....

  • wrenx on January 1, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    You can't expect players to tour if they don't feel safe doing so, that's fair enough. However, the BCB made a mess of this, they never should have committed in the first place

  • on January 1, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    happy new year to all....I hope things will get better in future for the sake of cricket...don't fight - go home....BD fan

  • on January 1, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Bangladesh's concerns are understandable.But their problem is no team is interested in playing with them.One of the reasons being the results are known to all before any Bangladesh series even starts.I think PCB for the time being should concentrate on building the team.If Pakistan team goes up in the ranking our case will become much stronger.In sha Allah sooner or later international cricket will return to Pakistan.We must be patient.

  • on January 1, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    As a bangladehsi, i must say I am extremely disappointed at this decision of the BCB. It was a fantastic chance to show we are a forward thinking board, while consolidating the position of the BPL and gaining a major ally. Instead, we have alienated one of our better supporters and drowned the BPL for a somewhat tame security threat, and even worse, with all this hide a seek politics. I blame a bangladesh governemnt (Awami League) and I was always sure that as long as those imbeciles were in power, this tour was never going to happen

  • Khaled_Shahed on January 1, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    I don't undestand it…like other cricket playing countries, Bangladesh also postponed their series in Pakistan. If the same decision of other countries does not impact on the bilateral relation between Pak and those countries, then why it will impact on the relationship between BD and Pak? Unlike other countries, Bangladesh at least showed some interest to play in Pakistan but needed to put the series on hold due to the current security situation in Pak. It will be shame if this logical decision made by BCB (and supported by the people in Bangladesh) impact on the long and friendly relationship between PCB and BCB. To all Paki fans, before calling Bangladesh a 3rd rated team, please look at the current ICC ranking (Pak at #6 and BD #8). If BD is 3rd rated or minnow then what will you call NZ who is currently below BD in the ranking?

  • on January 1, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    From Bangladesh I will feel awful sad that Pakistan has not been able to come out from its ever worsening sociopolitical unrest. Things on security is very delicately vulnerable there. Just on last Sunday (30DEC2012) 19 Shia Muslim pilgrims have been killed by a bomb attack on a bus convoy in southwest of Pakistan. No one should tend to take the security of our national cricket team lightly. They are the integral part of our heart and soul. But I would say, things were not smartly handled by BCB.

  • rudmila on January 1, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Dear all Pakistani fans, we are sorry that the proposed tour has been kept in hold. BCB also in defaul for taking the decesion so late. We also wanted this tour simply because we want to see our team playing against a strong team as we are not getting enough international cricket from ICC. But PLEASE, first assess the security situation of your country neutrally. Is it possible for any international event there? Almost every day, news of terror bomb attacks and casualties are come from your country and shaking the world media. How on earth we can say that BCB's decision is wrong? We dont have any problem touring pakistan as the first foreign nation but for this to happen the security situation should be at least at tolerable level. Nothing personal please.

  • on January 1, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    seems like the PCB is trying to bully Bangladesh into playing in Pakistan, but fact is no test playing nation in the world is willing to play in Pakistan. Bangladesh was their best hope but even that didn't pan out. Pakistan is one of the most unstable nations in the world and 2 of the provinces are almost entirely controlled by the Taliban. there is nothing the PCB can do to change that its above their hands. In the meanwhile they can produce a good team in the field and continue playing in Dubai

  • on January 1, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    It's quite random to say you wanna come and not come and keep making the same circles randomly.

  • Shazia_Javed on January 1, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Pakistan... learn and move on.

  • on January 1, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    I think Bangladesh should remember that Pakistan is the Only Country who Voted them for as Test Playing nation ... and now PCB must not continue their bilateral relationship with Bangladesh. we have to try for Srilanka to come in Pakistan .. atleast we will see the good cricket rather than one sided test and ODI matches ...

  • on January 1, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    We supported these Bangladeshi's throughout their cricketing history and they have stabbed us in the back twice now. Enough is enough Pakistani players are likely to be picked up in this year's IPL and dont need BPL where players are not even paid on time. About time we teach them a lesson. Their league will go bankrupt in 3 years at most without Pakistani players, Indians can't be bothered with it anyways, and top class players from England, India and Australia dont care either.

  • on January 1, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    But for any technical problem, Pakistan has done its part without the need for Mr. Zaka Ashraf to loose his cool - let the ball now be in BD ( Bangladesh) court. Paksitan should always be on for its options that it is a formidible side for any to play against and a possible opportunity for BD to squander.....

  • Yousufahmedl on January 1, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    @ProdigyA, WHAT on earth is unprofessional on the part of Zaka? He is perfectly right indeed. No one forced Bangladesh to come to Pakistan at all. Point is they are reneging on their promise at the last moment. Looks like India too after all big talks of giving 5000 visas to Pakistani fans, hardly any visa has been given for the current tour. That is why hardly any Pakistani fan in the stadium. Please dont give us advice when you Indians too are only big talkers.

  • on January 1, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Bangladesh does not take responsibility to start International cricket in Pakistan....

  • on January 1, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    I dont understand why are we begging a third tier team to visit Pakistan? Even if Bangladesh do come, countries like Aus/Eng/SA will still have strong reservations. We should rather invite Associate Countries like Afghanistan, Ireland and Netherlands. They will also benefit from playing against Pakistan and the rest of the so called "ICC" can see its not a problem. P.S: Bangladesh cricket will regret this move more in the end, Pakistan should also not honour their commitments to tour Bangladesh. Eng, SA, Aus already play very little cricket there and the absence of Pakistan will be felt even more.

  • on January 1, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Whilst I understand BD's concerns the whole changing their minds several times isn't right. Can't they just decide to tour and go with it or not to tour at all.

  • on January 1, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    I don't see anything wrong in BD refusing the tour, the security situation was slightly improving in Pakistan in the last few months and BD might ave thought might as well give it a shot, but recently the security situation in Pak have gone for Dogs, no one want to visit a place when their security cannot be guaranteed and have a previous experience of terrorist attack on a cricket team.. Recently 21 Pak security personnels where kidnapped and killed, what does that mean? Which touring team will feel comfortable? And you paks are sitting and talking like every things perfect? Come on, I love to see cricket returning to Pak and hoping to see India tour Pak, but hey look around, its total bonkers...

  • on January 1, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    I remember the IRA bombing in UK, went on for thirty years plus ,but no team or supporting event were ever cancelled. I don't understand all this hype over security, yes there were terrorist attacks on a cricket team in Pakistan, no one denies that, but then there are problems every where these days and by not coming to Pakistan, the ICC and all its members have bowed down to terrorist. terrorist 1 - world 0. as for Bangladesh they have a case of very bad memory, Pakistan played a crucial part in getting Bangladesh its test status and in addition to that just recently in the election of chief executive of ICC. but then the Bangladeshi's were never know for their loyalties.

  • Naeem578 on January 1, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Dear bengali brothers! try to understand the old PCB has gone, Mr Zaka has got so much fame in Pakistan in less than a year in his appointment. He is a well known administrator. Look at his words about BPL, he is absolutly clear that don't be surprised if our players are not available, it was bangladesh who instead of saying direct "No" hanged it on, Coming. . not coming, coming again . . Not as yet. So its good all this dilema has come to an end now by Mr.Zaka statement.

  • ra_tokyo on January 1, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf seems not aware of the current Pakistani situation. I have just got one news headline: "UN chief condemns latest violence in Pakistan, calls for perpetrators to be brought to justice" ... We would love to see cricket back in Pakistan. May Pakistan hold the next available world cup. Ameen

  • on January 1, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    as a BD cricket fan ..it is really a shame for us that how BCB handled the whole situation...like a a school boy management...very bad time is waiting for our cricket..we have to improve out test cricket and also somehow make a good relation with each cricket boards.... i can not understand how Mr Mostafa Kamal will help our cricket whether he is making so much controversy....

  • Salluoo7 on January 1, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    BD board are acting childish like if you are not coming say at beginning that we are not coming we have concern over security. They dont keep there own words i dont know what kind board is that. I will be hoping that all 53 Pakistani should boycott BBL

  • OzWally on January 1, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    The issue is they (BD) are not happy with the security arrangements. Why have these concerns not been spoken of and addressed in this article. Seems the PCB is trying to strong arm the BD board, rather than address their safety concerns.

  • on January 1, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    Security situation has not changed at all in last 6-12 months then why BCB is playing games? They should just straight away refuse if they dont want to come to pakistan due to any reason and stop playing games. Pakistani players shouldnt be going to play BPL as well.

  • aslamPK on January 1, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    @Anando Dhara, In my opinion (and most of Pakistanis as well), Zaka Asharaf is the second best PCB chief in last 20Years.(Of course the first one is Dr. Nasim Asharf who was PCB chief during Parvez Musharraf era). The recent bi-lateral series between India/Pakistan is true out-come of Mr. Zaka. I strongly believe Pak players will play in IPL2013 as well. Pakistan team is improving in all formats/all departments, especially batting and fielding. I believ only mr. Zaka can revive cricket in Pakistan. I am strong critic of PPP lead Pak government but I applaud only this move by PPP.

  • on January 1, 2013, 2:06 GMT

    I think BCB just played PCB only to get a vote for Mustafa Kamal. They were never going to honor their word. Is Pakistan the safest planet on earth? No. Did BD know this and did they send a team to see if everything is OK? Yes they did and they were satisfied.

    If you don't wana visit then FINE, don't. It IS your right to refuse a tour but then don't be such a sissy and play this stupid YES-NO-MAYBE game over and over again. Pakistanis are not idiots. We know what dirty game you are trying to pull with us and we WILL remember this for a long period of time.

  • TheRealRockNRolla on January 1, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    PCB should continue with the Away tours and concentrate on Quaid Trophy and Pakistan Premier League. Better teams will visit Pakistan InshaAllah, in the interim, we will help develop teams like Afghanistan etc. so they can beat up on hapless BD and their fans.

  • TheRealRockNRolla on January 1, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    PCB should revoke the offer for the tour entirely. No Pakistani players should feature in the hapless BPL. Finally, PCB should back off all the support provided thus far on the undeserved Test status for BCB. Let them rot.

  • on January 1, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    I only hope the Indian Cricket Board gives up any foolish thoughts of touring Pakistan. Until and unless, Pakistan can prove conclusively to the rest of the world that they are in control of things within their country, the rest of the world should completely stay away. Period.

  • on January 1, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    I like "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." Please show Mr Ashraf that you can do it. But I do not think you can do that. Not in near future.No point for Bangladesh to go to Pakistan. and We can do without Pakistanis in BPL.

  • Blueangle on January 1, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    Bangladeshi fans are mistaken that if Pakistani player wont play the BPL then they will loose big bucks. Pakistan players are getting very handsome salaries and on top of that they are playing almost all T20 leagues(SLPL(SL), Bigbash (AUS), Friends life t20(ENG), NZ t20 and SA t20) other than IPL and most likely they will play this IPL as ICE between two countries is melting. AND let me tell you one more thing. They get paid on time, they dont have to wait for months and they have hire law firms to get their wages. keep your money and pay your players on time. what Pakistani player will loose by not playing BPL ? A quarter of million dollars? May be this is too much money for you guys but people like Afridi make ten times more by endorsements.

  • dontlikecricket on January 1, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    BD tour to Pak?? What was it going to achieve in the first place. Let us all enjoy current ongoing Pak/India series and forget about BCB. Pak cricket seems to be doing just fine even without international cricket there anyway. I dont agree with BD test playing status , it should be revoked as it just does not create good matches for view. One day is ok especially on slow wickets but test?? Definitely no.

  • Blueangle on January 1, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    @ Anando Dhara: Mate Zaka is doing right thing. Bilateral series is not a lunch invitation, even for that you have to tell the host categorically that you are coming or you are not coming. you can't do yes-No, yes-No. Boards have to do some preparations for bilateral series, you have to find a sponsor for the series, you have to adjust your domestic calender(Quid-e-Azam trophy matches have been postponed or moved away from a particular venue ), you have to reschedule your international commitments (many players are not playing big bash in AUS because of current India tour and UPCOMING BD tour). What can you negotiate with someone who (BCB) doesn't honor their own word. Teams (AUS, SA, India, Eng, SL) are not visiting pakistan but they have firm stand that we are not ready to visit Pakistan unless law and order situation gets better. They don't flip-flop like BCB

  • dontlikecricket on January 1, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    I dont know why PCB is bothering with BD? BD should not be playing test cricket in the first place. In one day they have potential on slow wickets. BCB has cancelled the tour few times. No one forced them to visit in the first place that what I find it wrong. Commitments should be kept otherwise reputation can suffer. Personally top flights team shoud not play test cricket agsint BD anyway as they have not improved after playing numerous test matches and there is no sign of improvement in the team. PCB should not get upset and just drop BD from bilateral series as it does not achieve anything.

  • FRRR on January 1, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    After watching the beating given by Pakistan to India .... Bangla people decided not to take punishment from Pakistan ....

  • on January 1, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    I wondr if zaka would use the same stratergy to make SL play in pak again.Stop pak players from SLPL.

  • on January 1, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    I want to mention one last thing which is that I think India has got to do nothing with this Bangla board's decision. or at least I'd like to think so.

  • on January 1, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    Im not saying Pak should abandon their bilateral ties with BCB or to not send their players in BPL. What PCB needs to do is that they should keep it in mind that Bangla board can't be trusted anymore. Pak should not support BCB unconditionally in the future. P.S. if Pak stop their players from participating in BPL then their wont be any BPL at least this year. mark my words. Didnt u see what happened with SLPL when India refused to send their players in Sri Lanka?

  • on January 1, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Yes Pakistan is not completely safe, yes ICC didn't approve the tour, but the situation is only bad in northern areas near Afghanistan and Iran border and Lahore is not that bad. Secondly, If a countries' presidents can come to pak why not a team if they r promised the same president level security. Bangla security team visited Pak and were satisfied and praised Pak's security arrangements. Biggest thing is that BCB promised Pak they will tour and they backed down thrice in last few months, now no one in the cricketing world will trust BCB. They not only need better cricketers to play better cricket, they need good administrators to run BCB as well. BCB president said repeatedly in the media that despite the security issues we will tour Pak because our last BCB president Mustafa Kamal promised that they will tour.

  • stargazer111 on December 31, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    I am glad that Zaka ashraf has the common sense to tell banlas that they are loosing an opportunity which Pakistan provided to them.They have mediocre players who need huge practice to amount to more than a flash in the pan. It is tough times for Pakistan but then despite that Pakistan is a strong team.

    Good luck Pakistan Green shirts!

  • on December 31, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    At the hand, BCB has taken the right decision. Thanks to Allah. As a Bangladeshi, it is good for us to play more and more with Pakistan. But, at this moment, Pakistan is not safe at all. 20 soldiers were kidnapped and killed. A minister is killed. UN health workers are killed. So many incidents in the recent time. We can not let our players to put them in such risk. But, BCB should not play hide and seek again.

  • Rumman.H on December 31, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    No point touring that failed state and putting the lives of players at risk. And Mr. Ashraf, we don't see teams queuing up to play in Pakistan, so good luck finding a "better" team to tour your troubled country!

  • bayqarar on December 31, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    The fact is BCB has the right to protect its players - it personally hurts that there isn't any international cricket in my country but other nations can't be expected to tour unless our security gets better. Dissapointed in Zaka's manner of response - Bangladeshi team isn't the strongest but its still an international team - and Zaka needs to respect that. Also feel PCB was trying to pressurize BCB by using Pakistani players' participation in BCB as a leverage. Zaka needs to be more diplomatic - Bangladeshi team and people have been good to us Pakistanis. All in all really sad at Zaka's lashing out at BCB - I know its frustrating times but you can't disrespect other teams.

  • kamiCric on December 31, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Tricks being played by Bangladesh board for the whole year. They wanted Pakistan's backing for ICC presidency and in return offered to tour Pakistan. They got what they wanted now its time for politics! Bad game Bangladesh!!!

  • on December 31, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    I guess Zimbabwe or West indies should be approached can't understand if unofficial matches can be held in Karachi then why not Lahore. Pakistan is not a war zone like Iraq or Afghanistan can't understand is it because Pakistan would start Generating more revenue than the opposition...

  • KiwiRocker- on December 31, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    This is an excellent yet expected response by PCB chairman. Now, when it is all done and dusted so it might be useful to do a' stock take' of gains and losses for all parties involved. Pakistani fans did not care too much about seeing B'desh players in action but they will lose on seeing Pakistani players at home grounds. Pak may lose on some positive messaging that a foreign team has visited Pak. Now, the losses for B'desh. Pakistan is unlikely to send players to BPL and there is even threat of bi-lateral ties being ended so BPL is doomed. Bangali players who need to play against elite sides like Pakistan will miss out. Bangali fans will miss out. Overall development of cricket will be affected in B'desh. BCB will never have support of increasingly powerful PCB( Pak is emerging again as a very strong team in the field so that makes boards powerful/attractive). So heaps of losses for B'desh. However, here is the big winner: Mustafa Kamal. He will get ICC post and big salary!Well done!

  • on December 31, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    I think instead of wasting time on Bangladesh team, Pakistan board should focus on Pakistan Super League. PSL would be better option than Bangladesh team.

  • on December 31, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Bangladesh board is showing their selfishness .. first they convince Pakistan by nominating icc presidentship matter against sending their team to Pakistan ... now again they give statement for sending bangladesh team to Pakistan in return for the sake of BPL .... salute to yr comments Zaka Ashraf .... we even dont care ... we will play soon in shah ALAH international matches at our soil ....

  • on December 31, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    BD cannot use touring Pakistan as a bargaining chip anymore. They are notoriously delinquent in fulfilling their end of the bargain. I fully back Zaka Ashraf's decision. Time to be show some teeth against all those who are trying to enforce a sporting sanction on Pakistan.

  • mali0821 on December 31, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    To all Pakistani fan please ask your govt to root out terrorism from your country, once the situation in Pakistan is safe, every team will visit you. Yes BCB made a commitment in good faith that with a improved security situation, BD team will tour Pakistan, but that is not the case. I would encourage BCB to invite pak players to play in BPL, it will be a win-win situation for both BD cricketing infrastructure and Pakistani player will receive handsome monetary compensation. Professional league is all money not politics.

  • Jhuley_Lal on December 31, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Pakistan has issues, rather some big issues when it comes to security. Agreed!. Even we as a nation accept the notion. Let's call spade a spade. The issue here isn't about Pakistan's failure to curb terrorism. It is the hypocritical stance of Bangladesh Cricket board which is troublesome. Three times in a row now,(YES 3 TIMES) they have agreed to come n at 11th hour have backed away. They are in favor of touring before they are against it, prompting me to question their judgment and integrity. If Bangladesh has issues with our security, they ought to gather some courage and tell PCB about their decision for not touring, rather than flirting like an imbecile. Last but not the least, Cricket in Pakistan has survived and been doing reasonably well against all the odds. We are standing tall and are still considered by many, one of the exciting and talented teams in world cricket. I m sure it shall thrive even more.

  • Captainman on December 31, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    Pakistan should stop wasting their time with this pathetic team who shouldn't really be playing Cricket at the top level because it won't make a difference. ICC should really consider stripping Bangladesh off full status considering they don't play Cricket anyway and nobody wants to play or invite them and give it to deserving teams like Ireland, Netherlands, Afghanistan etc. Bangladesh players have mediocre averages, still not 1 batsman of theirs has scored a 200 or averages over 45 with the bat and no quality pacers which is a must in Cricket especially on seaming tracks. Even Afghanistan with no facilities or anything have better fast bowlers than Bangladesh and can easily get wickets.

  • on December 31, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf must go. A better diplomat is needed to bring cricket to Pakistan. Stubborness is not the way.

  • Desihungama on December 31, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Forget Bangladesh breaking promises or security threats in Pakistan. Can Bangladesh fans tell me WHY is there so much hatred for Pakistan when in fact it no other country would help Bangladesh including India/Sri Lanka in it's infancy as it was always Pakistan that helped you, provided logistics, training to umpires, invited Bangladeshi domestic players for several tournaments, Our great Wasim and Waqar constantly giving you lad tips on bowling, cricket infrastructure, losing a match in World Cup to get Bangladesh Test status speaking of which we have visited Bangladesh few times as our own home when your nowadays best friend who is actually pulling the strings have yet to tour the country? So explain me why is there hatred for Pakistan among Bangladesh fans who actually under cricket?

  • on December 31, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    as long as we pay,trust me,afridi n co will come:)

  • on December 31, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    Phew! I am very glad BCB made the right choice in the end. No point risking lives of our mediocre players to show solidarity or keep a promise. BCB should have been a little more professional but I will give them the benefit of doubt....they did really wanna tour if all the security measures were in place..... but ultimately it wasn't, and not everything comes out on the news, so we won't know what went wrong in the last minute. I am just glad our players weren't the pawns to find out what can go wrong in Pakistan!

  • on December 31, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    something most of the peoples don't know that BCB takes vote of confidence from PCB as a chief executive of ICC Mr.Mustafa Kamal and after that they will tour Pakistan but i think they just player with us and go away .

  • on December 31, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Problem is Zaka Ashraf. Zaka must go to bring cricket back to Pakistan. Zaka is stubborn and knows nothing about diplomacy. Pakistan's security situation is getting worst everyday, we all know that. Bangladesh is trying hard to help out Pakistan, but if BCB gets news of 20 police officers die, it will always be difficult Bangladesh citizens that it will be safe for the players to tour. Its not entirely upto BCB. Now what Zaka Ashraf does? He tells that he will hurt BPL every possible way he can. But he forgets that by doing that he takes away a good opportunity for Pakistani players make some big bucks , after all, IPL is not taking them yet. What Zaka should have done is to be soft and continue negotiation with BCB or any other board so that cricket can return to Pakistan. In my opinion, Zaka Ashraf must go and mor ecapable diplomatic people should take over PCB. Wish all the best for cricket to return to Pakistabn.

  • HaseebF786 on December 31, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    @Nafis2107 Have you ever heard the saying of settle yourself with the easy so that you are prepared against the hard? Clearly not. You will now see us InshAllah bring cricket back into Pakistan!

  • Nafis2107 on December 31, 2012, 21:01 GMT

    Mr. Zaka Ashraf, If you COULD make better teams visit Pakistan, you WOULD have made better teams visit Pakistan.....

  • on December 31, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    Bangladesh is just trying to be over smart by stretching the matter and keep people from Pakistan and the media all over the world waiting for their decision. BD is just too young to digest the early fame and the Test status hastily awarded by ICC. IF THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO VISIT PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN IS ALSO NOT EAGER TO WASTE THEIR TIME ON SUCH A YOUNG TEAM. I would not forget Team Sri Lanka for their support and their legends like Ranatunga and Jayasuria who visited Pakistan again after retirement.

  • on December 31, 2012, 20:42 GMT

    bravooooooooo..............well said. i have also heard that PAKISTANI PLAYERS have been refused to play in BPL. if its so, i would appreciate this decision. well done zaka ashraf sb.

  • Fearless_Greens on December 31, 2012, 20:36 GMT

    BD fans are not understanding. Other teams are not coming because when we invite them they say sorry we can not come. It was BD who first sent their security team for assessment then gave a green signal for the tour then Dhaka court put a halt on the tour then BCB again said okay we are coming and then suddenly they feel that its not "safe" to visit Pakistan at this time. As someone rightly said if you do not want to visit just NO. Dont play this hide and seek or Yes No Yes No May be Yes No game. Just look at the stance of Mr. Zaka on BPL. He has clearly mentioned that our players may not be free to participate in the event therefore if you dont see them dont be surprised. Grow up BCB and BD Fans. Please learn how to interact with fellow boards and countries at international level and how to keep promises.

  • HaseebF786 on December 31, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Guys, just quit arguing already! Today was a bad day, but we should always hope for the best. Forget the fact that we are having no matches in January as I find it better since our own players will have a nice amount of time to take a break and become fresh for the RSA series. Even if Bangladesh played, Pakistan would be way too pressured as their schedule would be extremely conjusted!

  • M-S-R on December 31, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    I'm a Bangladeshi & also surprised by this hide & seek game by the BCB.... yes, Pakistan is not the safest country in the earth - BCB knew about it- why then making all these repeated drama with tour- going/ not going/ up to ICC to decide??

  • GhummanFC on December 31, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Its hardly a tour. A couple of ODIs & T20s were symbolic in nature, merely put together to show solidarity and support for Pakistan Cricket. No one was ever going to talk about who won & who lost these matches, but the real story coming out of it was going to be that BD supported Pakistan when none else did. As for security, well you have to trust your instincts and allow Pakistan to demonstrate , if they can keep their word when it comes to providing security to visiting players and officials. Certainly another attack would mean the end of cricket in Pakistan and the PCB would in no way ever want that, if it wasnt a 100% sure it could provide the appropriate security measures to the visiting team. Its a risk PCB was taking as well. You need bigger hearts to make bigger decisions. It could've been a jesture the PCB and Pakistan fans could never have forgotten , instead it has turned out to be the exact opposite.

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on December 31, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Well Passing the buck seems to be the habit of few abominable and Unequivocally detestable pak fans( though i have respect for other true pak fans who are enjoying cricket between india and pakistan) who blame everything on BCCI.A cognizant cricket fan even from pakistan would realize that touring their country is extremely risky after what happened to sri lankans However BCB should not have kept PCB dangling on proposed tour (its a unprofessional commitment).BCCI was straight forward and was crystal clear on such issues as the govt didnt allowed.although as an indian i am pretty excited to watch pak players in IPL as they bring excitement and live wire atmosphere esp in the shortest format of the game.since the indian team and its (last)selection committee has brought downfall in indian test cricket which i am pure and ardent fan .looking forward to pa-sa and ind-aus series.

  • on December 31, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    What was that BCB's security team's Pakistan visit drama? why did Bangladesh sent them if they were not to follow their recommendations? Now PCB has even made all the arrangements final and all the tenders have been announced. PCB has every right to be furious and we all Pakistanis are also angry. BCB should have the courage to make a clrear decision.

  • HaseebF786 on December 31, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    I was just thinking. If not Bangladeshis, than let us Pakistanis be the humble ones since we are committed to resolve not provoke conflicts. Forget about this. InshAllah Almighty will give us a much more deserving team to come to Pakistan and tour, and then InshAllah bring other teams to our country. I just want to make one statement. Always remember that when someone helps you, never back-stab them, I'm not referring to anyone, but I am just trying to make a point for everyone.

  • on December 31, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    Most of the people commenting about Bangladeshi people do not want their team to travel to Pakistan. As a Pakistani, we all know about it. But did you guys even read what most of Pakistani people are saying? We don't want Bangladesh either dude. It's a waste of time, not only for pakistan but Bangladesh team playing any team in the world is a waste of time. Get a better team if PCB can ever get.

  • on December 31, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    We are very disappointed from Bangladesh. One poor team of past and present who was supported by PCB for test and ODI status. Give them players , coaches for the betterment of cricket. Supporting for Vice president of ICC. What PCB get in response??? Really BCB is dual in nature and they looks only their benefits. One day if Pak and Ind relationships get better and better, i can imagine even they will lost their test status and they will be searching for culb cricketer to play with their national players...

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:59 GMT

    This would lead to a cold war between BCB and PCB, but given the security situation in Pakistan , they cannot force Bangladesh to tour.................

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Quite frankly Pakistan has nothing to gain from this tour. Bangladesh is a weak team with nothing to offer, we'd be lowering our standard of cricket by playing them in Pakistan and sending out players to that D list league of theirs. Pakistan needs another another 2-3 years for the country to be declared safe for an international tour. We'll go after bigger fish (some pun intended) when the country is ready to host international cricket.

  • DanishAnwar on December 31, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    I think Pakistan should call Afghanistan for 3 T-20I and 3 one-day series. They're an exciting bunch of Cricketers too

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    PAKISTAN recently organized many international sports events.... famous of all of them was PUNJAB ASIAN YOUTH FESTIVAL. The players from 26 (TWENTY SIX) countries including INDIA, IRAN, SYRIA, SRILANKA, JORDAN, HONG KONG, NEW ZELAND, IRELAND and much more participated and thousands of players plays their games so securely.... NOW ANSWER ME ...!!!!

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Just like the general public of Bangladesh, the majority of us Pakistanis don't want this tour to go ahead in the first place, of course for different reasons. Hosting an average team won't add any commercial bite to the tour, nor would it convince teams like Aus, Eng to visit. We are headed in the right direction by improving our relations with BCCI we can get India to visit Pakistan. Not now of course but in the near future. So lets just play the waiting game, security is not at its best but slowly and steadily we are getting there. We will rise and this is a promise that we Pakistanis make to the cricketing fraternity. I hope the brotherly relations between the general masses of Pak-BD don't take a hit by this incident. This is just white collar politics played between the boars.

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I put most blame on ICC for letting the situation come to this point. When SA was banned for their apartheid policies ICC made sure no country went to play there. Even when some players went to play there personally, ICC banned them from International cricket. Now, when the security situation is worst in Pakistan and ICC wont even send an official there they (ICC) are standing aside and let Pakistan put pressure on a less powerful team like Bangladesh. ICC should make a centralized policy and announce that no country will visit Pakistan until they think that it's safe for the players to go there. Why aren't ICC making this stance collectively for the sake of cricket?

  • avmd on December 31, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Pakistanis are not mad at India, Australia ,SA and other countries for not coming to Pakistan, as these countries never accepted any invitation or had showed any interest in touring Pakistan. But, BD had accpeted the offe but cancelled at the last moment, mutiple times. BD is not very attractive team to watch, hope they will stop playing games with PCB and will not come or will not show any "interest" any time soon. I am also not in favor of blocking Pakistani players from playing in BPL, let the players earn some money if they can.

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    To every Bengali fan here: Please don't misinterpret this whole saga. You have every right not to tour us and we respect that. What we don't respect is that you keep playing hide and seek with us. You have a problem with the security here, fine by us, don't come but why do you have to send a security team here if you won't go by their recommendations. Your security team sent by your board deemed this tour to be safe. Even now your head is saying that your team might or might not tour Pakistan. This is shameful and we have every right to be furious. Just say NO to the tour and we'll all be done with the debate.

  • safwan_Umair on December 31, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    to be honest, ireland and holland are worthier opponents than Bangladesh. No team in test match history has endured a start as bad as Bangladesh. Hence for revival of cricket in Pakistan we firstly need to ensure that absolute fool-proof security arrangements are place and no foreign element is allowed to plot any sort of conspiracy, secondly we need to invite an opponent that is worthy of the fans time and money!

  • FaisalAsghar on December 31, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    If bangladesh dosnt want to tour thats fine but i think making a commitment and confirming a tour to the extent that PCB was inviting sponsors would evoke a similar response, that too if its being done for a second time. If bangla had security concerns they should have categorically refused to visit. It has done nothing but strained relations. PCB should just take it on the chin and move on.

  • Baundele on December 31, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    @ shizam, currently Pakistan is at #6 and Bangladesh at #8 (above New Zealand) in the ICC ODI ranking. Huge difference, I guess. ;)

  • aslamPK on December 31, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    PCB should NOT allow any Pakistani player to play in BPL.............................

  • Ajamalh on December 31, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Zaka Ashraf should ask his boss (AAZ) to improve law & order in Pakistan instead of blaming rest of the world. As an expatriate Pakistani, I am also not very comfortable visiting Pakistan.

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:32 GMT

    As to my knowledge, the Head of the state level security has been offered to Bangladesh players, what else do they want ?. I don't think they get this kind of security in their own country.

    Besideds that, if Hockey and Kabaddi/Wrestling can happen in Pakistan, why cann't cricket be ?

    My opinion is BCB is just playing like an angry child who does not know what he wants. Soon india/pak series is going to happen in Pakistan, and Bangladesh is going to loose all of attention. So what's your plan b, perhaps tour zimbabwey or kenia.

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    BANGLADESH is not a committed country.... Pakistan did not ask them to tour, they themselves proposed the schedule bcz Pakistani players were not released NOC for BPL. And when Pakistan releases them..... BCB turned down their committment......SHAME ON YOUR PROMISE BCB.... hopefully all of you got the answer... it was not PCB proposal... it was BCB`s...

  • faysal201 on December 31, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    All the pakistani fans, Zaka says "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." Than do it.I think teams like scotland don't agree to tour in pakistan. u think pakistan keep their commitment.In 2001( not sure year) when Mani wants to VP of ICC than bangladesh support them in term they support bangladesh next time. But their is no relation with pakistan tour.When bangladesh want to tour in pak. all the pak fan don't say tour of bangladesh is their lose of money & time but when bangladesh not tour in pakistan then talking like that. They and zaka have also two face.

  • KingKashi on December 31, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I am totally agree with Zaka Ashraf, his stance is absolutely correct! If someone promise and does not fulfill, don't support him. I don't support PPP, PMLN and others because all promised and did not fulfill, we support Imran Khan so we support Zaka Ashraf. He should not support Bangladesh cricket and ICC vice president is not for 100 years, soon he will be back in Bangladesh but Whole Bangladesh will loose friendly cricket nation of Pakistan!

    I felt sorry for Bangladesh team when they lost Asia Cup final and cry, weeping and sweeping each other's tears, but I feel this is just start, now they will have to weep and cry even more! InshAllah!

  • UsmanAkbar on December 31, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Their are a lot of posts saying things about not risking, saving lives first and similar things. But here its a matter of PRINCIPLE. BCB should not have committed again and again for touring Pakistan. PCB contacted nearly all the boards inviting them to tour but all said no due to security concerns, that understandable. but why the hell did BCB committed in writing? and again went back on their words. they dont deserves anyone trust.

  • HaseebF786 on December 31, 2012, 19:25 GMT

    Also, to end that other comment of mines off, now your little BPL will get nowhere since your undeserving test playing nation players will play gully cricket. I bet not even a Bangladeshi would want to go see that!

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    BCB should not have made a written commitment if they were so worried about security and all. PCB on other hand wont ask a week team like Bangladesh to visit Pakistan, once security situation will improve however they will keep in mind how BCB behaved in these tough days and certainly BCB will be a loser as a result, in longer run.

  • HaseebF786 on December 31, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    To all you Bangladeshis who aren't stopping about "It's our choice about if we wanna come..." and "Bangladesh cares more about their player's safety...". We don't care! We are not angry cause you're not coming (please, we can get India to come instead!). We're angry because you guys are playing stinking games with us. 3 times is no small amount to turn off a commitment! We have a reason to be angry at people who think of themselves so highly, but can't keep a commitment. Again, we don't even give a percent that you guys are coming. We let you off easy, but you guys are ruining your reputations on your own.

  • cric4world on December 31, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    @cricket-Junkii. do u watch the news or read any newspaper? during t20 world cup sri lankan president said they will send sri lankan team to pakistan.but schedules dont give enough break to play.zimbabwe agreed many months ago to play bilateral series in pakistan but some kinda problem with ICC FTP there as well. so out of the remaining team PCB chose bangladesh bcoz we been nice to them in past n helped them (our mistake that should NOT happen again) . u can keep ur head buried in sand if u want but truth is that its totally political. the thing is, if u dont wanna come dont come, why make false promises like send ur players to BPL and we will visit ur country. its like PCB is making an efforst n BCB is playing with their emotions n making them a laughing stock. well we'll see on the ground who the laughing stock is. no victory over pakistan since 1999 n look at their attitude. god forbid wat they gona do if they start winning?

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    This is a very disappointing decision by the BCB. Zaka Ashraf has every right to be annoyed with the unprofessional and teenager like attitude of BCB. It is International level cricket we are talking about, BCB has backed from its commitments three tomes now. I think the board sets up the example if discipline for cricketers to follow. No wonder Bangla team has hardly improved ever since the got their test status. Not to mention the countless favors PCB has given them. Got to act more professionally BCB

  • hachan on December 31, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    he is saying in right tone, BCB fisrt agree to tour then show their back at the last moment. they sholdt agreed to tour Pakistan at all if they have to do it again n again. very unprofessionalism. we helped them in many ways in past, they have forgotten that.

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    That defeat in Asia Cup Final is still hurting and haunting BCB ... complaining like kids to ACC ... They also know how did they gain Test status with the help of Pakistan .. PCB .. you are still not learning ... Don't run after them ... they don't deserve anything !!!

  • on December 31, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    Very unprofessional comment by Jhaka Ashraf. He should understand that under the current circumstances, he should put more pressure on the Pakistani government for improving the security situation than on BCB. Majority of Bangladeshis do not want this tour to happen. Still BCB tried their level best for it. But when Airports are attacked, ministers are killed, BCB is really helpless. Anyway, for Bangladesh it is a win-win situation if Jhaka decides not to send Pakistani players to the BPL. Local players will get more exposure, other foreign players may be accommodated. And one thing for sure, all the matches will be sold out.

  • cric4world on December 31, 2012, 19:00 GMT

    @ProdigyA. u always find something to talk against pakistan cricket. we dont care if bangladesh doesnt want to visit pak bcoz to b honest they r not a great crowd puller right now and it wont convince teams like aus, eng, sa n india to visit pak so bangladesh visiting pakistan was just a personal trophy for zaka ashraf. but his words r not street bashing or anything, he is just reacting to wat BCB did TWICE in recent months. they come to pak, the whole PCB is all around them giving them vip protocol and convincing them and they say all kinda promsing things n then they refuse.this time they made a deal that if pakistani players play in BPL they will send their national team to pak. but as soon as auction of BPL is over n they got pak players to decorate it, they took a u-turn on their promise again. so please if u dont agree to wat zaka said give us some nice words for BCB? we dont have anything against bangladeshi team or their people, its just BCB's behaviour we dont appreciate.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    I am sure BCB would be more concerned about the lives of their players rather than maintaining cordial relations with PCB. I respect BCB's stand giving more importance to safety rather than coming under pressure from PCB. Instead of hoping for a better team than Bangladesh, Zaka should do something to stop the terrorism within the state. No team will compromise on the safety of its players. Personally, kudos to BCB. Well Done. As for PCB, their reaction was expected.

  • NiazK on December 31, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    Poor Pakistan, no one wants to play with them in their country. Banned from IPL now , not allowed in BPL. I want to see PAK host matches but that's unlikely to happen in the next 10-15years.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    The safety of our team comes first... and Pakistan shouldn't make fun of Bangladesh...Yes we had to struggle a lot in the last 13 years....but don't forget the 1999 World Cup...or the test match where it was only Inzamam in front of defeat... or the most recent encounter at Asia Cup final... and one more thing we didnt beat the T20 Champs WI with pure luck..Bangladesh Cricket is improving and right now we have the ability to challenge any team on our home soil..

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    If PAK is a safe place of cricket why others country not visiting? All the anger against the Bangladesh? Invite the kenya or IIC Associate Members. See what happened. I am sure no team will response to visit this country. People who are living there because they dont have an option to leave this country in this situation.

  • Mel-waas on December 31, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    PCB should invite teams from Zimbabwe, Kenya & Ireland to tour Pakistan.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    well i don't think top Pakistani players will suffer financially too. they already earn a lot plus with good relations with India, few top players will get huge IPL contracts so players won't suffer. There is also SLPL and proposed PPl too so for Pakistani players, future holds huge financial benefits.... Zaka ashraf should simply refuse to send any player for BPL.

  • shizam on December 31, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Suddenly bangalis think they are Australia or something like that. BD is at the bottom of ratings in ODI and T20 not to mention test cricket in which they have the most innings defeats. With this kind of standard I don't know why BD is even a full member of ICC. They should be demoted to an Associate member level and play with Zimbabwe or Canada or Afghanistan. I bet Afghanistan would easily beat BD in any format of cricket right now. Instead Ireland should be given a chance and promoted to a full member of ICC instead of BD.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Mr Arif Ahmed: No that is not how we treat our friends. The reaction that you are seeing here is due to the fact that we always treated Bangladesh as our more trusted ally in the cricketing fraternity. All these years, when we had excellent security, we played BD at home and away in times when nobody use to play them. We helped them get the test status and guess what we never yapped about it. Where BD cricket is right now, its because of the silent support from Pakistan. In dire times for our country we expected that we would also get some support from BD. Yes the situation here is not ideal and that's why we asked your security team to check all the arrangements and guess what they were happy with it. Then came the uturn of BD board and thus the outrage. You ask me, I would say BD have lost a friend.

  • Sajid111 on December 31, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    Bangeladesh shouldnt feel special, the only reason you have test status is to improve other countries stats. You have pathetic record in all 3 formats of the game. I.e. afghanistan,netherland,scotland have better record than you guys in T20. Even tho they dont really have a good cricket infrastructure. SHAME!

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    I think what Zaka Ashraf and the Pakistan Board needs to remember is that Bangladesh is a democracy and the Board has to act according to the people's will. Following the recent killing of a senior politician (a cabinet member I believe), the already unhappy cricket fans who did not want our boys to risk their lives by touring Pakistan, became even more worried and vocal - and understandably so.

    Brow-beating the BCB, and threatening them will do nothing to improve {PCB's chances of inviting cricketing nations to visit them. Sri Lanka paid the price by being attacked. Pakistan cannot guarantee safety, their security forces are not competent enough to prevent these.

    Pakistan should concentrate on saving the lives of their own citizens rather than attempting to provide massive security to touring cricketers. People's lives are more important than sports.

  • Sajid111 on December 31, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Bangeladesh shouldnt feel special, the only reason you have test status is to improve other countries stats. You have pathetic record in all 3 formats of the game. I.e. afghanistan,netherland,scotland have better record than you guys in T20. Even tho they dont really have a good cricket infrastructure. SHAME!

  • Rezaul on December 31, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Its complete disgraceful from Zaka to comment on BCB like this. Its PCB and Pakistan who want Bangladesh team to tour Pakistan for the sake of their cricket. They claim that they have enough security. Just few days back one of their minister died. When they can not give security to their own minister, how they can provide security to an international team. We can not put our cricketers' life in jeopardy to bring cricket back in Pakistan. So, BCB's decision is absolutely justifiable. About supporting Kamal as ICC chief, it was agreed last time when Bangladesh supported Pakistan's candidate (Ehsan Mani) for this post that next term it will be Bangladesh's candidate to get joint support. So, Pakistan did not do anything new but kept the wheel moving. Now, if Pak players do not participate in BPL that will be their loss to incur in terms of money and experience. Ask the players how many wants to play in BPL just for money. And Zaka's comment is unfortunate and unprofessional.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Bangla team is good for nothing any way. Its been 14 years that they won the test status WITH THE HELP OF PAKISTAN and they have been showing their worth since then. I think ICC should reconsider the test status of Bangladesh and advise them to compete with club cricket in Pakistan so that they can improve their skills if they can.

  • Kumail_Asadi on December 31, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    We are very disappointed from Bangladesh. One poor team of past and present who was supported by PCB for test and ODI status. Give them players , coaches for the betterment of cricket. Supporting for Vice president of ICC. What PCB get in response??? Really BCB is dual in nature and they looks only their benefits. One day if Pak and Ind relationships get better and better, i can imagine even they will lost their test status and they will be searching for culb cricketer to play with their national players...

  • ProdigyA on December 31, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Those are some very cheap and unprofessional comments coming from a head of a board. Looks more like a streefight argument here. Got to act more professionally Zaka.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on December 31, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    This was quite unexpected but a very obvious reaction from such a cool and calm person. Pakistan's home cricket may be suffering at the moment but this sort of miss commitment and nonserious behavoiur will be not good for BCB future interests. I hope he keeps himself calm as always and wait for our time to give BCB back. But this seriously has damaged the efforts of PCB to bring cricket back home. I wish PCB would have gone to some other serious cricketing nation than wasting time on this non serious BCB as their security team who visited pakistan before were satisfied and recommended PCB security protocols as exceptional.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    whatever the political situation, cricket should be happened.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    For all the Bangladeshi fans: Your board sent a security team to Pakistan which reported that everything is top notch provided the tour goes ahead. So, now the frustration of Pakistani people is totally justified when your board is backing out. We don't mind if you don't come here but honoring a commitment is something you learn in Ethics 101. Yes the security for a normal person is still not perfect here, but you were promised a presidential level security, something that most of us are against (spending so much money and resources for 15 people is ridiculous), you took that offer and now backing out which is disrespectful. Just man up and say NO to the tour, why playing hide and seek. Touring Pakistan is your call and we respect that. Agreed. Similarly sending our players to BPL is our right and you shouldn't create a fuss. And yes be rest assured, that irrespective of your team touring here, our team is light years ahead of you and you coming here would have benefited your team.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Hats off to zaka ashraf for taking bold decisions for pak cricket i am fully agree with Bilal Cheema that no cricket in PAK is better than having cricket against BD one day bcb will realize that they have done a great blunder.Dont worry zaka sb. INSHALLAH very soon big teams /better teams will visit pakistan instead of BD's club level team

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    This is how Pakistan treats theirs friends: threaten them, blackmail them, browbeat them. With friends like these who needs enemies? Bangladesh is right not to tour. Even a week ago a minister was killed and two days 21 police officers were kidnapped and executed by terrorists. There is no way that people of Bangladesh would agree to send their players to Pakistan.

  • on December 31, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Thank you fate or whatever you like to call this circus. Its a blessing in disguise that we won't have to sit through the pain of watching our team pummel BD team as always. Irrespective of everything, playing BD is just a waste of time and money. I am glad that we would have a month off to prepare for the SA series. Also, PCB should not allow the players to participate in BPL (even if BD tours) or IPL because our team is on the rise and participating in these meaningless leagues would make the players more injury prone and less technically efficient. Though, I would suggest we make arrangements to send our players to participate in county circuit and Sheffield shield instead of barren wickets of Dhaka. And yes best of luck BD for your league without the Pakistani players. I hope to see pack stands and sky high tv ratings when some Ziaur rehman would be slogging some rubel.

  • on December 31, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    should sue the BCB, I think that should be the right decision now..

  • davidatlas999 on December 31, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    alot of bngla fans saying atleast bngla thought about a tour pak should prize up for that.why for wasting our time and money why we leave our player for bpl cause we get some money.ah you get money not players you sell ticket cause you get some good quality cricketer from pakistan. If you can say improve you securety we can say impove your cricket strandard then we will play with you. Bngla fans asking why not pak punish like of aus or sa or england for not touring here. Ah we can make some money playing with them in uae but we will lose all money if we played bngla in uae.cause no one will watch. Its means playing bngla not profit for any team them why we play with you?

  • asimikram on December 31, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    This is so mean to make written commitments and then back off. They should not have been made at first hand. It would disturb already limited cricketing ties between the nations.

    @ All the respected cricket lovers of this forum: Please do not take this incident to fuel up nationalistic sentiments. Take cricket as cricket is.

  • on December 31, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    haahhahahaha thats the spirit, hates off to Zaka Ashraf. Loved your comments. "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh."

    BCB, cricket is a gentleman game. plz learn not to break promises and that too in written form at least.

    one thing more don't get annoyed if "we will also respond in a same manner."

  • on December 31, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    BTW guys, i was just checking the Cricinfo TimeLine and BCB security team was satisfied with security arrangements. when presidents of big countries can visit Pakistan, why can't a cricket team for 3 days? and it is also quite a long time since Lahore suffered any attack. Outsiders see newspapers and see attacks in Fata and mostly Peshwar and they assume and they are assumed that whole country is hell.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on December 31, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Well what goes around comes around.. Now Mustafa Kamal has managed to Manipulate PCB but BD has lost its reputation in World Cricket and people of Pakistan by backing down from a commitment.. I would say again that only Sri Lankan Board is friend of Pak and even BCCI shows more good spirit than this non professional manipulative pathetic BCB..

  • on December 31, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Im glad bangla not coming. Its short term loss for pak but long term for bangla. Stop this nonsense of comin not coming. Bcb is as childish as their fans. Havnt u noticed a change in bangla players after learning how to play from pak players in last bpl? Its bangla loss

  • 4_Best_Cricket on December 31, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    It's a disappointment that Bangladesh cricket team is not touring Pakistan and they have lost their credibility. If Pakistan promised a security, then that means government of Pakistan will make every effort to provide the best level of security. In this dilemma, ICC is not being helpful and they are just letting two cricket boards clash and deteriorate any relationship that currently exists. My message is for ICC to wake up and play its role by seriously helping bring back cricket in Pakistan. While the overall security in Pakistan doesn't seem stable and it won't be for many more years, the tight security can be provided to successfully play a paramount bilateral series. I also urge other cricket board nations to help Pakistan in this tough time and provide them an opportunity to host international cricket where a nation produces one of the finest and classic players in the world.

  • Warm_Coffee on December 31, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Excellent decision from Bangladesh! Pakistan was never Bangladesh friend and it would be good if we don't get involved in its cricketing affairs because it somehow gets us into trouble. If Pakistan want to blame someone then blame the former BCB President who recently became ICC President because it was him who promised the tour not us or our players.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on December 31, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    BCB is run by Non-Professionals. Lets cut ties with BCB as they are not worthy of it . Lets pull all our players from BPL they are not paid nevertheless. Moreover test status of the so-called tigers should be stripped ..

  • Kazi94 on December 31, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    I think BCB specially the previous chairman 'luta' kamal made a big mistake by giving a commitment to pcb for his own interest without thinking about pakistan's security concern that we r watching in media.Now pakistan should take stronger actions and invest more against Criminals so that they can make pakistan a stable country,because we all know that the value of a life is more than the cricket.If Pakistan increase their concerning situation then not only Bangladesh but also all the big guns of Cricket World will visit Pakistan.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Zaka ashraf atlast spot on...No cricket in PAk is better than having cricket against BD...arrogant BD fans think they are the world beaters around...do u even knw wat does a test victory mean???? NO bcz u hav never tasted it and u r nt gona taste a test victory for another 50 years....even the club teams of Pak Ind and Srilanka can beat the BD team any day any ground...and they were thinking of bcming Asian tigers .... well just by luck they managed to beat india and srilanka this year just the way they beat Pakistan in days when Bill Clinton used to be the President of USA...13 years ago right and m sure Pak must hav played a lot of cricket against BD .. we the Pakistani fans were wrong abt BCB & BCCI .. BCCI is muc better than BCB .. they either dont make commitment right from the outset and once they do they stand by it !!!! "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." Enough said

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    @Raifa Shanta, For your information only Bangladesh confirmed the tour to the PCB, three times and still they backed off, no other country has done this.....

  • Imran-Akram on December 31, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Pakistan should not allow its players to participate in a 3rd class club level tournament instead players should participate in premier first class tournament of the country. Even ramzan tournaments in Pakistan have batter and competitive matches.

  • haq33 on December 31, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    How odd that warm coffee among others feels it appropriate to raise nationalistic issues in a cricket discussion. So some Bangla fans feel it is valid to mess Pakistani cricketers around because of nationalistic sentiments, much the same as BCCI allowed political prejudice against our cricketers regarding IPL participation. How pathetic. I am afraid such problems have nothing to do with Pakistani cricketers. Why should they suffer over historical problems? If people like warm coffee made any sense, then England would be banned from touring the subcontinent altogether. I really am glad that at least the BCB have a different official line to some Bangla fans. Security issues are reasonable, HOWEVER it is fair to criticise when you make a commitment and then back out. BCCI on the other hand have made it clear that they follow decisions made by politicians in Delhi - what complete and utter corruption of Indian cricket. I suspect BCB will head the same way unfortunately.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @raifa shanta other countries are not giving written statements here and there to visit pak to seek their own agenda.... BCB is real mean.. they d,nt honour their own words what could u expect else,.. enough said

  • swingstowin on December 31, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    The problem isnt Bangladesh not coming to Pakistan, it is they have built up the expectations for the third time and backed out at the last moment. You think there are security issues,fine! Back out! but just stay firm on what you've decided. The administrators at BCB seem like a confused lot!

  • PakiPace on December 31, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    This should not come as a surprise. The real surprise was that Zaka Ashraf was naive enough in the first place to accept BCB's word, in response to PCB supporting BCB's candidate for ICC supremo. I suspected then that the BCB would not honour its agreement, and honestly, given the security situation in Pakistan at the moment, nobody should be touring here. The real losers in all this are the BPL fans, team owners, and sponsors , since the little credibility BPL has depends heavily on the Pakistani players performing, just look at last year's stats. However, if I was still playing the game, I would be seriously concerned if the BPL franchise owners would actually bother paying the players as promised, since they still owe players' dues from last year. We should focus on getting our grassroots domestic structure right in Pakistan, and be in a position to consistently challenge the leading cricketing nations, such as RSA, Aus, Ind, Eng, whether it be away or in UAE. Bangla is a non-event.

  • tally1983 on December 31, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    maybe bangldesh players don't want to tour, i have not heard one play from bangla saying they want to tour. you cant force anyone too tour a country when there is a serious danger to your life, thats a fact. but pak fans blame india for this, its this unhealthy obsession with india that has put pak is in this situation. that is also a fact. rather than complain pak ppl should make their country more safer, then everyone will come and play.

  • dustmizer on December 31, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @ Raifa Shanta - "If Pakistan halts bilateral series against Bangladesh due to this, then I want to see what's their position against other teams. The other nations also do not want to visit Pakistan, so Pakistan's bilateral tour to other countries should also be halted, isn't it?"

    Other teams do not promise to come and then pull out at the last minute. That's why Pakistan won't halt their team from touring the other countries.

  • dr_salman on December 31, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    @rajusunny: oh really? u make me laugh..BPL s best bowlers n batsmen last yr were our players..just look at the stars in BPL auctioned this year and subtract the Pak players..what r u left with? u wont even get a single sponsor next year !! so its ur board that was not true to the commitment..if u have the right to guard your interests, we have the right to guard ours..so stop being crybabies..

    and i do not understand why people think that Pakistani players will be badly hurt...if its about money they have enough of other options too..inspite of no cricket in Pakistan..our cirkcte is improving day by day in all formats..!! so our players are not at loss at all !!

  • Akif-47 on December 31, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    THINGS LEARNED ABOUT BCB 1) Two faced-(Make a "written commitment" and break it) 2) Undeserving of a tour to Pakistan although we asked them for one-(They have begged and cried to the BCCI about a tour to India and India has not given them one... Why should Pakistan welcome them with open arms if they dont appreciate it) 3) Undeserving of Pakistani friendship - (As mentioned before they are on their knees for a tour of India but they stick their chests out in our faces even though they are a minnow side with no cricketing respect) THINGS LEARNED ABOUT THE BANGLADESHI TEAMS 1) BPL - Will fail miserably without Pakistani stars. The Pakistani stars were the ones that were holding the whole BPL together, without them BPL will crumble as not even the Bangladeshi Masters (BCCI) will send their players. 2) Minnows - The Bangladesh team should prove that they are a Test Nation or be stripped of Test Status. They should try and beat Netherlands and the Irish or be stripped.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    To all of those who are getting over excited on this news let's consider the facts : no int cricket team has toured pak in the last 3 1/2 years, the last team to do so got attacked byby terrorists. Aus haven't toured their for a long time and Nz haven't gone their since they left mid tour after an explosion near their hotel. Now our intelligence agencies have told us its not risk free to tour there. Its really a straightforward call to wait till pak hopefully sort themselves out, politically and from a security point of view. And Mr Ashraf, pl do manage a better team to tour your country, we look forward to seek g that. WYs the timeline btw - 5 yrs?

  • Warm_Coffee on December 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    @Muhammad Akram: Please go ahead its a dying format anyway and only a few teams play it anyway. 8 teams and you still have a ranking table lol :)

  • Akif-47 on December 31, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    @LeftBrain-Couldn't have put it any better myself. We all know the Bangladeshi administration is under the thumb of India whether the Vice President of ICC is from Bangladesh or from Nigeria :P. THINGS LEARNED ABOUT BCB 1) Two faced-(Make a "written commitment" and break it) 2) Undeserving of a tour to Pakistan although we asked them for one-(They have begged and cried to the BCCI about a tour to India and India has not given them one... Why should Pakistan welcome them with open arms if they dont appreciate it) 3) Undeserving of Pakistani friendship - (As mentioned before they are on their knees for a tour of India but they stick their chests out in our faces even though they are a minnow side with no cricketing respect) THINGS LEARNED ABOUT THE BANGLADESHI TEAMS 1) BPL - Will fail miserably without Pakistani stars. The Pakistani stars were the ones that were holding the whole BPL together, without them BPL will crumble as not even the Bangladeshi Masters (BCCI) will send players.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Nobody should not sacrifice their interests for those who do not honor their words. Sometimes cricket is larger then cricket. Gilly, the walker used to walk-out by himself, never loose value. This is what cricket stands for. But, look at the mean attitude of the minnows(not the bangladeshi cricketers but some BD cricket administrators and political- sports reporter). Being an Bangladeshi, i feel sorry. BTW, as a cricket lover, i think Pakistan shud play more and more with better sides like Aus, Eng SA even WIs , the cricket world will feel gud to see rise of Pak team to its potentials.Pak people will do so, even the matches may held outside Pak.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    that,s the good work done by mr,zardari appointing zaka PCB head. u rock..well done..tit for tat..love the words" if they don't want to come its their own decision and we didn't force them," we even d,nt need them to see gulli crickters on our land. "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." bravo man hats off to u

  • mazii on December 31, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    Raju ahmed sunny... Do you really think that BPL will do better without Pakistani and Indian players. Do you really think that for the like of De velliers, Warner, Watson, Anderson, Morgan, Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Du plesis wno't be playing BPL and your BPL will still be a hit. Except few Sri Lankan and West Indian players, no one wants to play in BPL. And you are saying that without top class players, BPL will be a hit. Is this is a joke or someone is pretending to do so. When Afridi was hittig sixes go and looked at the jubilant Bangladeshi crowd. Not able to win a single test against a well reputed team in spite of that fact, Bangladeshi fans commenting like world-beaters. This is not their fault, they are in a state of cognitive dissonance. They think that they can beat good teams consistently. Boy you have to produce talented cricketers, If you want to beat quality teams and this has not been the case since inception. I'm still laughing at this claim though.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    If Pakistan halts bilateral series against Bangladesh due to this, then I want to see what's their position against other teams. The other nations also do not want to visit Pakistan, so Pakistan's bilateral tour to other countries should also be halted, isn't it?

  • cricket-Junkii on December 31, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    all the people who have angry reaction here need to consider security..even Pak people know how bad the situation is..Bangladesh agreed to the tour in principal..No other country did..they play pak in the UAE..Ask England ,Australia and even Jimbabwe No country is ready to tour Pakistan..Its not India-Sheikh Hasina-or anybodies fault..If you read news no one in a rational mind would consider to tour Pak..Pak need to look at youself in the mirror before blaming anyone.Again i really think Pak should appretiate Ban atleast considered..I find that outragius that somebody would risk cricket players just to have international cricket back?..Wee good luck with any other team atleast bd considered !!!..

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh." - That just shows to me that Pakistan was just using Bangladesh so it was probably the best decision in the end for Bangladesh to reject this tour and lets all move on and wish both teams well for the future peace x ;)

  • Musafir366 on December 31, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Its better to make temporary team of Combodia or Nigeria or Ethopia as they might play better than this Bangla team :) so cheap they are and i dont why we are desperate for their arrival. Every body knows how much influnce of india on bangladesh especially in the era of their current pro indian Prime Minister, hassena wajid i think. but its ok for us today they are doing for India tomorrow India will teach them a lesson (as expected and as usual)

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Great step taken by Mr zaka ashraf.BCB is irritating to PCB.So PCB should leave to BCB.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Look at status of Bangladesh cricket team of on table of test rankings.ICC should withdraw test status of Bangladesh cricket team. they have not won even a single test match in 21st century.Pakistan should start a complain in ICC to withdraw Bangladesh test cricket team status.

  • Anwar-Lara on December 31, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Well done Zaka Ashraf.. Loved your comments..

    "Soon we will manage to get a better team to tour Pakistan than Bangladesh."

  • ExtremeSpeed on December 31, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Sad that relations between Bangladesh and Pakistan Cricket is going downhill now and only time will tell just how much it will affect both the cricketing nations.

  • AMAZINGFAN on December 31, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    @leftbrain,bcci has nothing to do with this,it was BD decision......pak fans need to change their attitude towards india.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina is the real culprit behind this debacle. I do want Bangladesh to reconsider the tour.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Cool We don't care any threat frm Pakistan or it's Cricket Board. Pakistan will bring a good team than Bangladesh soon!!! Even Uganda won't visit your Pakistan forget about others. And we also not interested to see any Pakistani Players to play in BPL. BPl going better without India and it will go much better even without Pakistan.

  • Zaheerahmed on December 31, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Cricket is run by Politicians in most Asian countries and BD is no exception. I dont see Bangladesh tourning Pakistan during Shaikh Hasina's rein in power. Pakistan should retaliate and cancel NOCs issued to Pakistani players to play BPL. This will hurt them badly. They know it that it will be a flop with no Pakistani players playing there.

  • Akif-47 on December 31, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Great news! Bangladesh had it coming to them and they deserve this. The 'great' BPL will suffer from their own selfish actions.

  • WTEH on December 31, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    Nice to see cricket board chairman having some good backbone. Hope he'll stay true to his words. It is leadership we lack in this game now. However, there are plenty of good businessmen..

  • dustmizer on December 31, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Why on earth did Bangladesh agree to the tour and then change it's mind...again. If they had no intention of touring due to security like the other countries then that would be fair enough. The way they are going about playing political games especially when Pakistan is in a weak position seems rather sly. Perhaps they want to look big. Bravo Zaka Ashraf!

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Bangladesh should remember what Pakistan has done for them and should be honest with everyone not just Pakistan. I think there is a sinister plan by others nations for Bangladesh to scrap this tour, so that Pakistan and it's players are deprived of more cricket. But what hurts makes you stronger. The difference between the Indian players and Pakistan players is a massive example of this. Pakistan cricket is going to new heights whereas Indian players, especially bowlers are burnt out within the first 1-2 years. I'd say this is a blessing in disguise for Pakistan cricket and they should not knock it. Playing away from home has made Pakistan team a much better unit and their cricket is getting better by the day. So not all is lost, just concentrate on organising the PPL and get more neutral and away series.

  • raselataul on December 31, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    hmm we realize the situation , Bangladesh Cricket team should support Pakistan team by touring in Pakistan,on the other hand Pakistan cricket board also should understand the current situation of Pakistan, the last few month's incidents in Pakistan .. It is not something that Bangladesh Cricket Board is making there value more higher.. they are saving their cricketer from any unexpected incident by making wise decision. I do not think so PCB chairman is having his life security for right now..how do we even think about our cricketer???

  • ak_dragon on December 31, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Well Done Mr.Zaka...Its Time to teach them a lesson, so next time they'll think twice...!

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @drnaveed> Dear brother, yes the Pakistani team has come to SL when there was the war. Was there any bad situation at that time for the teams toured SL. BTW, I think you have forgotten, that we almost lost our team in Pakistan, but thank to God they were saved with some injuries.

    Recently Jayasuriya came to Pakistan for a T20 series to give back the Pakistan reputation in security. I think you have missed that 2 match series.

  • kunhotum on December 31, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Bangaldesh crcxiket board has become pet dog of indian cricket board. they don't have courage to make their own decisions. They are jackals who just keep on dancing Indian finger tips.They are so coward that they are not ready to play a test match against Ireland or Netherlands, because if Bangladesh lost test match against ireland or netherlands ,they will loose their test status. let me think when Bangladesh won test match last time. hmmm it was in the last century. hahaha

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    PCB should immediately withdraw invitation to Bangladesh and avoid sending our team to their country.

  • raselataul on December 31, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    hmm we realize the situation , BD team should support Pakistan team by tour in Pakistan,on the other hand Pakistan cricket board also should understand the current situation of Pakistan, the last few month's incidents .. It is not something that BCB is making there value more higher.. they are saving their cricketer from any unexpected incident by making wise decision. I do not think so PCB chairman is having his life security for right now..how do we even think about our cricketer???

  • Warm_Coffee on December 31, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    @Brave Ahsan: Of course Bangladesh haven't forgotten what Pakistan did in the past and we can never forgive you for it.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Well done Mr Zaka; Bangladesh should help Pak

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    @LeftBrain, very well said...being a bangladeshi I know how much India means to some of our people!!...India like GOD to them!!

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    What a contrast this guy is from Ijaz Butt... Bravo!

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Well, Arman, my friend, do't be in denial ,like most of your compatriots. Naming BCCI is just like all other excuses put by your elite to name India or any thing Indian for maximum of your self inflicted problems. Just put yourself honestly in the shoes of BCB, you would have done the same thing. Another , none can fathom the dyeing need of India to host BCB for short series. Just introspect, my friend.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Pakistan itself is responsible for this mess. For next few years no team will tour Pakistan. Country is paying price for its own mistakes.

  • drnaveed on December 31, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    exactly, now its time to do it. leave BD, plan PPL,and arrange it on neutral grounds, invite all top cricket players, make sure it is a big hit.don't send players for BPL.there are demonstration all over india these days , despite that our players are there.we went to SL in the past , when there were tamil tigers, they all forgot it, all leaving us when we needed their support ...........

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Fool me once no problem, fool me twice no problem.. fool me for third time .. No No!.. if they break their promises lets cut all bilateral ties with BD let them invite Indian players in BPL....so much for fake promises.

  • Warm_Coffee on December 31, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Happy new year Pakistan and Bangladesh great start! ;)

  • The_Ashes on December 31, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @LeftBrain - You make a very interesting point especially the last part shame politics gets in the way of Cricket.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    that's more like it. be aggressive in handling this matter.....

  • answertoyou on December 31, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    stop begging them and buried this forever.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    good sir.. no pakistan player in BPL

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    There is nothing wrong if our Bangladeshi brothers dont wish to tour due to security threats. Its their right to decide if they fear for their lives. But then they shouldnt have given written commitments. This is poor management of affairs from the BCB. They have just made a trivial matter worse.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Well....I think Bangladesh have forgotten.......what pakistan.....did for tthem in the past......and they just cant plan a short tour.....This is not fair....

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Well Done Mr Zaka u did already too much to save the cricket and still doing so need to kneel down the people who can't stay on there word's WELL Done again.

  • LeftBrain on December 31, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Well I understand BCB reluctance to announce the tour as it can not only start a reaction from Bangla people, it will also initiate a reaction from BCCI who is using BD tour to india as a bargaining chip tp pressurize BD for staying away from Pak tour. BD, so eager to visit India, can do any thing to make it happen, breaking promises are small thing for them.

  • on December 31, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    well done sir.. we are proud of u

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  • on December 31, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    well done sir.. we are proud of u

  • LeftBrain on December 31, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Well I understand BCB reluctance to announce the tour as it can not only start a reaction from Bangla people, it will also initiate a reaction from BCCI who is using BD tour to india as a bargaining chip tp pressurize BD for staying away from Pak tour. BD, so eager to visit India, can do any thing to make it happen, breaking promises are small thing for them.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Well Done Mr Zaka u did already too much to save the cricket and still doing so need to kneel down the people who can't stay on there word's WELL Done again.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Well....I think Bangladesh have forgotten.......what pakistan.....did for tthem in the past......and they just cant plan a short tour.....This is not fair....

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    There is nothing wrong if our Bangladeshi brothers dont wish to tour due to security threats. Its their right to decide if they fear for their lives. But then they shouldnt have given written commitments. This is poor management of affairs from the BCB. They have just made a trivial matter worse.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    good sir.. no pakistan player in BPL

  • answertoyou on December 31, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    stop begging them and buried this forever.

  • on December 31, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    that's more like it. be aggressive in handling this matter.....

  • The_Ashes on December 31, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @LeftBrain - You make a very interesting point especially the last part shame politics gets in the way of Cricket.

  • Warm_Coffee on December 31, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Happy new year Pakistan and Bangladesh great start! ;)