Pakistan news January 16, 2013

Bangladesh board didn't follow protocol - PCB


The PCB has said the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the organisers of the BPL had not followed the correct procedures with regards to signing Pakistan players, and has given that as the reason for their non-participation in Bangladesh's Twenty20 league. The Pakistan players, the PCB said, had been auctioned in Dhaka without permission and without any intimation from the BCB.

"There are great embarrassments when boards are bypassed and players approached directly," a PCB spokesman said. "This was regrettably felt by BCB when they approached PCB at the last moment for release of the players for their league.

"As per practice and procedures in vogue, a home board has to approach the visiting players' parent board seeking release of its players for their domestic cricket competitions. In BPL's case, BCB, their representatives or the players' agents were in contact directly with the Pakistan players and PCB was kept out of this process. Even the auction of Pakistan players at BPL was done without PCB's prior permission or intimation."

As many as 60 Pakistan players registered for the BPL auction but only 26 were sold to the seven franchises, but without the necessary No Objection Certificates (NOCs) from the PCB. The players had submitted their applications with an NOC from their department team instead.

However, apart from the issues with protocol, the withdrawal of Pakistan players is also centred on the standoff over a Bangladesh tour to Pakistan.

"The BCB committed to tour Pakistan in March 2012, this initiative was also supported by ICC," the PCB said. "But in an incident unprecedented in the history of world cricket, a court issued stay orders against a mutually agreed tour. The BCB promised again to tour Pakistan on January 10 but backed off once again. The BCB needs to take a step forward in reciprocation.

"The PCB, historically, has been extremely supportive of BCB. On request of BCB the PCB released its players for the first edition of BPL in 2012. The PCB also supported Mustaf Kamal's candidacy as vice president of ICC."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Smith on January 19, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    @abmughal: Pakistan are not a world class team, they're are an old declining team :)

  • Dummy4 on January 19, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan is not at all a safe place. So no question of going there. Pak cricketers are already in a financial suffering as they can't play in IPL. The sufferings are now more because they can't play at BPL too. Its a matter of money rather hunting talent. No doubt Pakistan has a lot of talent in cricket and they will find it through their local tournament. But pak players will not earn as much as other players earn. And this will take away their peace. On the other hand, BPl will definitely create opportunity for BD players and it will improve their game. All the best to BD and BPL.

  • ahmed on January 18, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @warm_coffee... its better for u to take a warm coffee before commenting about worldclass teams like pak or england..... both teams dont need any familiarty to the conditions ......pak has reached all four semis and two final and won....similarly eng have won the worldt20...... interesting things is this that they won without being familiar to the conditions do take care about bcb and bpl ..

  • Mohammad on January 18, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    @ anw.chw - I think we all know who the losers are!

    Pak board & players could care less about a small scale tournament in Bangladesh... The talent & players involved in Qaid Azam Trophy easily trumps the talent on display in BPL... It's better for Pak players to play some quality cricket to prepare for SA series rather than some low quality cricket in Bangladesh.

    PCB should arrange a small series with up and coming Afghanistan team in Pakistan.. I think they will provide a better fight than Bangladesh

  • Shipu on January 17, 2013, 23:41 GMT

    I agree with Pakistan fans that it was silly of Bangladesh appealing and being so emotional about that Asia Cup final, Pakistan won it fair and square and instead of blaming them, blame those 2 Bangladesh players that cost us the game.

    By the way this doesn't mean I'm on Pakistan side I'm just tired of Bangladesh fans bragging on about that Pakistan ruined the Asia Cup when NO they didn't I apologise on Pakistan behalf's relating to that match appeal.

  • Muhammad Waqas on January 17, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    PCB made the right call. Some are saying that its a tit for tat, well it isnt. Here is why. BCB cancelled their tour which would have brought international cricket back to Pakistan. Whereas PCB stopped their cricketers from going to BPL and that would hurt the reputation of tournament but not significantly though. In fact they have managed to sign up few foreign players (bunch of tier-2 I would say). Therefore PCB suffered more than BCB in this case. However PCB did the right thing because had they allowed their players to play in bpl it would have encouraged BCB to act childish again in future over some other incident and probably with some other board. I believe PCB has done a favor to cricketing world. Now BCB will (hopefully) learn from this incident and will try to act professionally in future. For PCB it was the matter of honor and not the money. Good luck PCB and Pakistan cricket.

  • Saim on January 17, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    @anw.chw you are clearly one of those Bangladeshi fans who turned on Pakistan after they lost the Asia Cup final. Oh and losers? Bangladesh hasnt beaten Pakistan in 14 years, Pakistan meanwhile has defeated every team in the past few years (with the exception of South Africa). Who has Bangladesh defeated? West Indies in ODI's played at home not to mention getting hammered in Tests which are the real form of the game!

  • Muhammad Nayab on January 17, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    @anw.chw the last paragraph says all

  • John on January 17, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and want to be neutral in this fight between PCB and BCB. But clearly PCB is at fault. There cannot be ANY COMPROMISE on SECURITY.

    If international tours are so important, why cannot PCB first invite more desperate nations like Zimbabwe and Ireland. Surely Zim may come...but PCB has to prove fool proof arrangements in security and maybe keep all matches in one location itself where stadium is guarded by army.

  • Anwar on January 17, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    Look PCB look, u saw that you and your players are the ultimate losers! you wanted to blackmail BCB, but it backfired you actually at the end! you wanted to interrupt and stop BPL but u see nothing can stop us, rather u are vanished now! Congrats BCB! Go BPL Go.....!

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