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Bangladesh board didn't follow protocol - PCB

Umar Farooq

January 16, 2013

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ICC regulations on domestic cricket events

  • Clause 32A.4 reads: "Each Member shall ensure, to the greatest extent permitted by applicable law (as determined in the reasonable opinion of the Member), that no foreign player participates in any domestic cricket event under the jurisdiction of the Member unless such foreign player holds a valid no-objection certificate from the relevant Member.
  • And for the avoidance of any doubt, the relevant Member is the only body capable of granting a no-objection certificate for a foreign player. Accordingly, all such applications must be made directly to the relevant Member and not to any other third party."

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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Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 19, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by abmughal 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 ..

Posted by Mohammad_Imran 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

Posted by TheRisingTeam 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.

Posted by Fearless_Greens 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.

Posted by Saim93 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!

Posted by champions_of_PAKISTAN on (January 17, 2013, 20:36 GMT)

@anw.chw the last paragraph says all

Posted by braindead_rocker 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.

Posted by anw.chw 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.....!

Posted by Dhumper on (January 17, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Interestingly enough, PCB want their players to go for IPL which BCCI rather reluctantly invites if any, and stops them from going to BPL where they are desperately invited and welcomed! What strange world we live in! I'd rather go where I'm warmly welcomed then somewhere where the host is reluctant! (Nothing against Indian or Bangla people - they are a sweet and welcoming bunch, its just that all our 3 boards are politically messed up!)

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 17, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

Nice job by PCB ... PCB given BCB there own dose ... Really happy that they shows BCCI the status , where they belongs ..........

Posted by K-amps on (January 17, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Pak fans.... I feel for you. However don't call people minnows or other such stereotypes... for they are blessed that Cricket is being played in their motherland. In this are signs for those who are reasonable.

Posted by waseemsarwar on (January 17, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

well done PCB. right thing to do. let players players in QA trophy to get themselves prepared for Africa series which is the real series. SPL's chance should be given to Pakistani players as that is better league than BPL due to standard of local players from Lanka.

Posted by xyaz on (January 17, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

it'S A PAY BACK TIME! PCB has made the right decision in this regard....BCB richly deserves this....the way they fooling the people is really shameful 4 them.....instead it might be the opportunity 4 them to play with the big guns of cricketing world...but i thnk they don't deserved that!!!!!thank u toothless TIGER...

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 17, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Its quite evident that PCB made this very last moment decision to leave BCB in trouble so that BCB would cancel the tournament. How mean PCB is! . But unfortunately their plan did not work out. LOL......

Posted by Un_Citoyen_Indien on (January 17, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

No matter what the official line of the PCB is, this decision to pull out Pakistani players seems to be a tit for tat response from the board. Given the security situation, wanting the Bangla boys to tour was probably an unreasonable expectation.

Pakistani players participation in the BPL would've gone a long way towards strengthening the image of the PCB as a mature and pragmatic organisation, not to mention winning the hearts of Bangla fans.

Good to hear that Lara's involved with the League this year. I thoroughly enjoyed some of the games last year. Here's hoping that this years BPL is also a great success.

Posted by Baundele on (January 17, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

I am happy that BPL is proceeding without paki players.

Posted by Third_Gear on (January 17, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

msusmani@ Mate, seems you are missing the track, I dont understand what you are talking aboit (??). Is it about issueing PK players NOC in BPL? or about once probable BD tour in Pakistan,which BCB had to cancel due to serious security threats in Pakistan ?

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 17, 2013, 11:24 GMT)

Who cares? BPL is starting tomorrow with or without them. This is actually a blessing in disguise for Bangladesh Cricket and save a lot of burden.

Posted by msusmani on (January 17, 2013, 11:15 GMT)

Hi Third it says...PCB allowed them in Kindness. Perhaps BCB thought it was their right, which is a wrong assumption. Besides,why did BCB approach PCB for NOC just 2 days before the tournament? The pressure tactics are off. If they can't visit Pakistan, then they should get a logical reason, instead of hiding behind a court order that was issued on the request of a lawyer instead of any player. BCB should have challenged the ruling in BD Supreme Court but they didn't and therefore confirmed their part in that unfortunate dirty game. If they are sincere with the game, then they should play by the rules.

Posted by Third_Gear on (January 17, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

WARM Welcome to Prince of Cricket Mr. BRIAN CHARLES LARA who has just arrived in DHAKA as a brand ambassador "Chittagong Kings". Cricket Legends like Brian Lara feel comfortable & regularly keep visiting Bangladesh because its a SAFE country for cricketers of foreign and locals. BPL Rocks ...........Hip Hip hurray..........

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

Bangladesh board back out their commitment because of security reason, I am sure all Pakistani fan agreed with that but the point is when Mr. Mustafa Kamal has made a written commitment he was aware of security situation but his personal agenda was much bigger than National agenda.. I dont know why my Bangladishis borther targeting PCB reaction, I think Mr. Zaka Ashraf is right to safe guard country interest rather than an individual player's I believe that it is high time for Bangladesh high management or Government to intervene and asked explanation from the ICC Vice-President and ex-BCB president Mustafa Kamal despite of uncertain security in Pakistan why he has committed to his counterpart and what was the exact reason . he is guilty and responsible to bring the relations of cricket boards and country's fellows to low web he is responsible to signing the deal with the PCB as an EX President Bangladesh Cricket Board and Board has defaulted on it.

Posted by Third_Gear on (January 17, 2013, 9:26 GMT)

PCB should understand we the cricket followers are not all FOOLS. If BCB did not follow the protocol how they gott huge number of paki players played in BPL season1? Why they did not say this before one week or month ? is'nt planned propaganda? Have they said this in reply of BCB's letter to them ? Have they spoken this before in media ? Why they did not respond with clarifications when their senior player Abdul RAZZAQ visited Bangladesh last week and appeared before media to convince that PAK players wants to play BPL?

Posted by Addu01 on (January 17, 2013, 9:11 GMT)

I think it is the right move from PCB. BCB kept hanging around by giving hope to PCB that Bangladesh will tour Pakistan and I'm sure it was all for BPL to get things right. I don't see how people can criticize PCB because BCB has been playing games and that end result came out due to inappropriate BCB management. I still think PCB could have let it go and ignore the situation but its BCB that should keep their motive honest and straight forward. Good luck Pak team...

Posted by khurramsch on (January 17, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

in the end its fans who will suffer not PCB nor BCB. both boards are equally responsible. BCB is doing its own politics by anouncing tour again & then refusing. Kamal wanted his Presidency & comitted as said by new head but kamal is refusing now.

For PCB i dont thinkj Bangladesh has this much height in intl. cricket that their tour may motivate other teams. i dont think BD tour would motivate any associate team. BD isnt a big team to be honest so PCB should not ask them again.

Posted by Fearless_Greens on (January 17, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

BD fans you are fighting and not getting what Pakistani fans are saying. When we approach a team and invite them for a tour and they refuse then we dont have a problem. The things go bad when some board like BCB makes a written commitment, breaks it, reassures again and then call it off at last moment; this is what annoyed us. This is what you call "back stabbing" not what PCB did. PCB's response was very much anticipated because they were not obliged to honor their part of the deal when BCB failed to honor theirs. It was an open secret that PCB will not send their players to bpl. Also when this deal was made security situation was not that better in Pakistan. So why BCB made a commitment at first place? Instead of asking these questions to your board, you guys are just defending their street level tactics on this forum. Again PCB does not know Kamal or xyz. They made a deal with BCB and whoever runs the BCB should have kept the promise.

Posted by Sameer-hbk on (January 17, 2013, 8:09 GMT)

It is amazing how people are split simply on national lines, but unable to see the fact that players are being asked to tour a country where security arrangements have not convinced any other member board, in exchange of other benefits. Both the issues are obviously independent, but PCB wishes to hold a cricketing minnow at ransom and then throw them in as 'bait', so that hopefully bigger cricketing powers will also tour the country. Making any bunch of players, who ever they may be, a 'test case' is really not anything one should support and maybe some of the Indian players who are not engaged in domestic or international duty at that time can jump over and help Bangladesh out. Get your domestic security and situation in order, instead of playing 'quid pro quo' with players'.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

hi pak being senior partner must have shown some maturity by allowing pak players to participate in bpl. what is the use of further isolating ourselves from cricket world at the cost of mr zaka ashraf's wishes or mr kamal's opportunism . pk need friends not foes n foes are in abundance. good luck pk and well wishes to bd n long live sports fraternity usmanali

Posted by mshyder on (January 17, 2013, 6:10 GMT)

I think PCB should have informed BCB at the time of player's auction that it will not issue the NOC on the ground of BPL being an ill managed event where even the player's payment are difficult to get and not for the reason that Bangladesh does not want to visit Pakistan. I fail to understand why PCB wants them to visit Pakistan as is there is no point in having matches with team like Bangladesh who even after so many years is not worth test status. I think in a short time Afghanistan will be able to beat them comfortably . The only gain in playing against Bangladesh is that Pakistani players can improve their records further. Nothing else.

Posted by shadeen_71 on (January 17, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Bpl is a money-gaining opportunity for the pak players.If they dont wanna grab it,what can we do? Everybody knows that the pak players do wanna play in this tournament, its their board which isnt allowing them...You people cant ensure minimum security, yet you're so exited to invite otter countries to your country...

Posted by funnykid on (January 17, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

Although I am a Pak supporter but its not a good decision by the PCB. Cricket and politics should not be played together. Why, in the first place, Pakistan is trying so deperately to invite Bangladesh to visit Pakistan when no other team is prepared to visit Pakistan? What would still Pakistan achieve even if Bangladesh decides to visit Pakistan for a couple of matches? PCB may be able to cause damage to BPL but will also be responsible for financial loss to many Pakistan players who would have earned lot of money otherwise. PCB should have approached it diplomatically by conveying its displeasure but allowing Pakistan players to participate in BPL as a good will gesture.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (January 17, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

I had seen in many international media & forums that Pakistanis want Bangladeshis to forget (unconditionally) about the mistakes made by Pak to Bangla in 50s, 60s & 70s. So BD can also expect PK fans to forget the mistakes made by BCB (or Mr. Kamal?). :) @ Faridoon: Do u think Ind & Pk are only international countries? Apart 4m Ind & Pk, cricketers 4m other countries r participating in BPL2. But I think BPL is of no use for BD as they r struggling so badly in Test cricket. BPL had helped them to shine in ODIs only. They shud rather focus on First Class cricket rather than requesting PCB or BCCI for their cricketers to participate in BPL.

Posted by Kashif.Anwar on (January 17, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

@TheRisingTeam Pakistan has so many stars, performers and natural talent that they don't actually need international players to come in. Even if 3-4 of these stars are acquired by each team it will be way better entertainment than BPL. Pakistan is not dependent upon international players like Bangladesh is. The local teams here and far more competitive than Bangladesh national team.

Posted by Stone-Aamir on (January 17, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

One must realize that it is not just the matter of BCB not confirming one short tour to PAK or PCB refusing NOC for their players for BPL. It is almost closure of bilateral cricketing relationship b/w PAK and BAN. This one short trip (1 one day 1 t20) from BAN could have help them more as they could have asked 1- PAK to visit BAN for a whole test and one day series as not too many teams visit BAN for test series. 2- PCB give NOC to players for future BPLs as it also needs foreign players to attract audience. BAN is still a struggling side and they need strong support from a senior side but this political intervention in cricket will hurt both sides in short and long terms.

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 17, 2013, 5:31 GMT)

It was necessary for PCB to hit BCB and hit them hard, this will help BCB to wake up and see the reality. And the reality is that the Indians dont let their players, and now Pak have refused to let their players in BPL. All the top players from Auss, Eng and SA dont play in BPL. Whats left is some SL, NZ and WI players which are not very popular players apart from one or tow SL and WI players. Personally I still feel sad for Bangla fans (inspite of their attitude towards Pak). Pak has always helped BD and in return we needed a little more respect not broken promises and backstabbing. As things stand now, BPL stands in competition as far as PSL is concerned and PCB has every right to do whatever it can to dent BPL's popularity. BCB has just given PCB an excellent excuse for doing that.

Posted by Rao_111 on (January 17, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

@loveusa yeah i agree with you but everytime country face these hard times and there were times when pakistan supported bangladesh in test cricket. and now if visit from your country can bring some hope for international cricket in pakistan, than it's fair to say your country repaid the favor which pakistan did to bangladesh for test cricket.

Posted by loveusa on (January 17, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

Why blaming Bangladesh for everything? Why don't you first fix your security???

Posted by far1 on (January 17, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

Yes I do agreed with some commentators that Bangladesh need to learn a lot specially on test… mentally or….. (BCB should agree to go Pakistan for playing!) yet do you really think that in Pakistan are safe play???!!! There are other team also why don't you invite them!! Be-cause it's easier to pressure a new and growing team like Bangladesh. Now Pakistan and their supporter wants to get score at this time by simple blame game.

Posted by Faridoon on (January 17, 2013, 4:27 GMT)

1. Pak is inviting Bangladesh because Bangladesh promised to come twice and broke their promise twice. Pak is not dying to play with Bangladesh, they are dying to play international cricket in Pakistan and Bangladesh had promised.

2. Very well done to the PCB public relations teams for identifying the non-compliance with ICC laws as the reason for not granting NOCs. The previous PCB boards would probably have openly said, we don't want to send players because they don't want to tour. Great diplomacy. Good job Zaka.

3. It is evidently clear that BPL is the loser for not having Pak players. Players from no other international countires really participate in BPL.

Posted by UsmanAkbar on (January 17, 2013, 4:20 GMT)

@ik rahat: mate you are missing the point and probably you havent followed Pakistan cricket very closely.PCB invited all the boards to play cricket in Pakistan and all refused sighting the current security situation, this is fine with aall no ones blaming anyone for this. With bangladesh board, they committed and then refused, then committed again then retracted again. This is what was very unprofessional of bangladesh cricket board. If they couldnt come they shouldnt have committed.

Posted by ik rahat on (January 17, 2013, 3:08 GMT)

Why PCB is trying to get only Bangladesh.There are other team also why dont you inviting them!! or the cause is its easier to pressurize a new and growing team like Bangladesh. If you think Bangladesh plays poor Cricket then why are you so exited to see them in your country!!

Posted by davidatlas999 on (January 17, 2013, 2:30 GMT)

warm coffe dont worry dear if pak get 2player per side still we have player to should worry your own cricket.

Posted by arnold_mccann on (January 17, 2013, 2:21 GMT)

I believe that it is high time for the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to intervene and recall the ICC Vice-President and ex-BCB president Mustafa Kamal from his post due to his sheer incompetence. He signed the deal with the PCB and Bangladesh has defaulted on it. Likewise and logically the PCB has used its legal bargaining chip to retaliate by not sending players to the BPL. The BCB and Bangladesh government are not realizing the far reaching consequences that can about due to this fiasco. Firstly, this could mean the end of Bangladesh-Pakistan bilateral tours which would add to the long list of test playing nations like Australia, India, New Zealand and etc who do not come or invite Bangladesh for test matches. Hence, this would mean Bangladesh's test status is nothing but symbolic. Hosting BPL in Bangladesh is pointless when you don't have the basic infrastructure for first-class cricket.

Posted by Nmi93 on (January 17, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

bangladesh needs to wake up. they make a commitment twice and backout at the last moment.Its a Bangladeshi team ffs not AUSTRALIAN national team. they need to improve their level of cricket rather than biitching about other teams and players that they will loose money. bangladesh has only beaten pakistan 1 time in the history of cricket so they need to play TOP LEVEL teams more than our team needs to playthem as we recently thumped the BIG TALKING INDIANS in their own backyard. And if it was not for the pakistani players the last BPL would have been a flop as it contained mostly retired players or A TEAM players apart from gayle. so brilliant decision by PCB. Atleast we dont have to wait decades to win a test match, oh sorry as for bangladesh tht will be to play in one.

Posted by desi1 on (January 17, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

it is not a smart move from Pak board considering the fact that pak players wanted to play in BPL. The paki supporters have nothing to lose so they are happy with decision. It is funny how many of indian and pak supporters who talk about playing for country first and money later are based out of their own country just for money.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (January 17, 2013, 0:16 GMT)

They say BPL will fail we'll see but their PSL will fail before it even starts considering that no player will go and they will lose a massive viewership. The only foreign players that may go are the less popular or retired ones but that's about it. Bangladesh were the only country that even dared to consider a tour to Pakistan but still Pakistan withdrawn their players out especially in the last 2 days before it starts. Pakistan you are forgetting that Bangladesh almost has the same population as you so viewership won't be a problem we already have in place many sponsorship deals and tv stations in place despite no Pakistan players. I'm so happy that people find it hard to swallow a minnow team have their own league.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 0:10 GMT)

if PCB is so confident about their security arrangements, why dont they invite Sri Lanka for a tour ? After all, it was the Lankan team that was attacked by the terrorists, and unless PCB can convince Sri Lanka for another tour, no other intl team will take the risk of their life by touring Pakistan.

Posted by Energetic. on (January 16, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

Bangladesh are an improving team but Pakistan are a world class team.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 16, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

So I hope Pakistan fans are happy now got what you want but really your players have lost big time.

Posted by Hasan_Shamim on (January 16, 2013, 22:55 GMT)

what is PSL? what a joke....nice guys keep commenting.,..

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 16, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

It was clear once Bangladesh refused that tour again, Pakistan just wanted revenge so they be back on level again because they were embarrassed when Bangladesh did this.

These people know that it was BPL that gave Bangladesh so much confidence and belief in themselves that they can take on these best players in the world and now can give anyone a game at least in limited overs.

The good thing is that despite what Pakistan has sadly done, BPL the 100th class league will still go as planned and only 2 franchises will have serious problems right now but inshaalah they will overcome this as soon as possible and get this tournament 100th class under way.

Posted by Pak_alldway on (January 16, 2013, 22:37 GMT)

@fish_coffee ::both teams pak n eng will b knocked out early n ur paper tigers wil win the cup.u realy live on mars thats y not aware of reality.dont forget pak is the most consistent team in t20 world dreamers lol

Posted by Nur_nsu on (January 16, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

BCB & PCB both should be ashamed. One for not doing it in the right way and the other for making it a "reason" after one season. I guess the embarrassment did not catch up until now. I don't understand the bashing of playing better or whatever. Yeah you guys play better cricket; so are many other countries. And the point is? If you want Irish, sure, go get them on your soil if you CAN.

I wouldn't want a national team risking visiting a place where life can be in danger. This is only a sport. Who is going to answer those families if something goes wrong? I just wish BCB was straight on this from day 1. I feel for the Pakistani fans for their political turmoil. When a team went through that bombing, it is not fair to push someone else to take that same risk. All Bangladeshis feel for you and hope this does not happen to any nation. Please keep cricket/sport above any political agendas. It only ruins those who make living out of it. You me are fine... not them... not all!

Posted by Faizan1989 on (January 16, 2013, 22:05 GMT)

hahahaha you benagalis are real cry babies :D

It was Ahmed Shehzad who was the highest run getter in BPL. It was Mohammad Sami who was the highest wicket taker in BPL . It was Azhar Mehmood who won the most no of man of the matches for his team. It was the Nasir Jamshed who hit the most no of boundaries in BPL and the highest run getter for Chittagong Kings. It was Shahid Afridi who was the most expensive player . It was Mohammad Sami who took the only hat rick in BPL. It was Kamran Akmal who was the highest run getter for Sylet Royals. It was Fawad Alam who took the catch of tournament :P

Posted by Alphabaig on (January 16, 2013, 21:56 GMT)

We all know the real reason but, PCB has definitely come with a genuine excuse.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Actually to be honest Pakistan fans, the only Pakistan player that will be greatly missed in BPL is Shahid Afridi for his fame status but that's about it.

@Fawad bhai we are not mad because of Pakistani players are not playing, we are mad because you have deliberately at "last minute" cancel your players from coming just 'days' before the tournament starts therefore interrupting it and causing BPL some problems which is kind of unprofessional. Yes you did things for Bangladesh Cricket but we also do so much things for your Cricket for example, allow your players to play in Bangladesh domestic tournaments where they can make good money especially in Dhaka tournaments where so many Pakistani players play all the time. When did Pakistan ever invite Bangladesh players in their domestic tournaments especially first class matches? never.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 16, 2013, 21:21 GMT)

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16 2013, 20:52 PM GMT). I dont know about that. But whatever team you guys play, they will knock you out for sure. We have lots of young talents(such as finn, bairstow, butler, Hales, meaker, briggs, Root, Woakes, Patel) coming out. So dont worry about our team. We dont to waste their talent by sending them to play in such low profile tournament like BPL. Even our 'c' team can easily beat your team.

Posted by AK47_pk on (January 16, 2013, 21:19 GMT)

Qauid e Azam trophy is older than bd team if u must kno. Its started when bd were unaware of the word "cricket". Visit pakistan cricinfo page nd you"ll see live coverage. Does bpl get live coverage on cricinfo? N0!!!!!

Posted by Pakistan_FawadShah on (January 16, 2013, 21:06 GMT)

Hahah, after viewing all the comments I am very happy that all the Bangalis are angered on PCB, because PCB is not sending their players in BPL, Thank you our Bangali brothers that you guys want to see our heroes in your league, but the thing is you everytime betrayed Pakistan and everytime give us new hope and we believe blindly on you. Actual thing is: ** You got test status because of --. ** You have VP in ICC because of --. ** BPL become famous because of --. Can you please remember me any return from your side ?

@BOND_007, Quaid-e-Azam trophy is Pakistan's first class domestic tournament and every cricket lover in Pakistan knows about this and this is enough for us, BTW why you have interest in it :)

@abcdef_12345; if players broke any protocol, this is some how acceptable (however shouldn't but some how), but tell me one thing how come the Board forget about this !!! abcdef & 12345 are being learnt at Montessori level, while Cricket is being played / managed well after that...

Posted by mahdyh on (January 16, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

Guys, please stop hitting out at each other unnecessarily! It is a no winner for anyone: BCB or PCB. And ultimately, Cricket and the fans are the ultimate losers. See this is why politics should be kept out of sports. I am a Bangladeshi and I know that BCB behaved like a bunch of idiots - the board presidents should have been more precie when they gave their commitments: Bangladesh will tour Pakistan only if the board can reach an agreement on this and the GoB allows to. Instead what these fools did was going for a blind commitment and then looking for excuses. On the other hand, PCB is making a decision which will in no way help their cricketers financially. And the reason behind this unprofessional (vindictive) move by the two boards? Both the Boards are comprised of politically appointed people who would like to please their bosses (and serve their interest) only, not that they want any good for the cricket of their country, let alone the world. Shame on these hypocrites!

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16, 2013, 20:52 GMT)

Bangladesh will host the next World T20 Championship and so far a few countries like Pakistan and England have been critical of us. So after this BPL, next season Bangladesh should not allow any of their players to play in BPL for preparation so we can see both these teams knocked out in the next World T20.

Posted by imsharoon on (January 16, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

Love PCB on this decision. I know some Pakistani players loose money. Still this is good for Pakistan and for the BCB who things that they can play double game 2 times. One time is enough. Instead of Playing with Bangladesh, it is better we made 2 team from Pakistani players and have a series and more crowd will come to see this series than to see Bangladesh team. This is not joke. This is true you see this in Last t20 tournament and will repeat it in PSL. for @bond 007 you dont know Quai-e-Azam trophy. big ignorant person. This is the tournament from where great players, Wasim, Waqar, Imran, Inzimam, Saeed Ajmal, Saeed Anwar, Shoaib akhtar, Shahid Afridi etc , and a long list of players to follow came to world cricket and break records. so dont follow Quaid-e-Azam cricket cause after watching that level you will not like your own domestic cricket. Thumbs up for ignorant person :)!

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16, 2013, 20:47 GMT)

Its funny that Pakistan new league can have upto a massive 6 foreign players hehe we'll see probably retired ones at best. I guess Pakistan and Bangladesh Cricket relations are over goodbye :P

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 16, 2013, 20:14 GMT)

BPL organizers have one more choice. They can fly a kite now. feel sorry for their fans.

Posted by ThatsJustCricket on (January 16, 2013, 20:12 GMT)

what is PSL? can someone please enlighten me?

Posted by Khalid_Chowdhury on (January 16, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

I'm glad that Pakistani players will not take part in the BPL. JOY BANGLA.

Posted by MHZ14 on (January 16, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

great move by PCB not to send players there. @BOND_007 ... to know about QAID E AZAM Trophy you need to follow Pakistanz Cricket which obviously you dont. Most people don't know about domestic tournaments name like i dont know what B'deshs or srilankans or for that matter NZ domestic tournaments are called We Pakistaniz showing good performances even though we dont play at home . i am SURE cricket will return soon here. how good or bad you people think abt PSL but we Pakistaniz will surely support our teams and will go watch games even if there is no foreigners God bless Pakistan

Posted by SamNY2013 on (January 16, 2013, 19:46 GMT)

PSL has more talent then entire BCB with foreign players.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (January 16, 2013, 19:44 GMT)

what a funny excuse. i couldn't but lough.............

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 16, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Excellent that Pakistani players won't be playing but got feel for some like Abdul Razzaq etc whose International careers look dim. But the best of the lot is that Bangladesh do not have to tour Pakistan or anymore or send any players to PSL which no one will go anyway so yesss!!!! very happy.

Posted by British_North_America on (January 16, 2013, 19:21 GMT)

If the protocols are really broken then who broke it? BCB or Pakistani players?

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 16, 2013, 19:18 GMT)

pcb just don't know what they have done.some pakistanis talking about PSL.well, lets see which tournament comes out successful; BPL or PSL.

Posted by Naseer_shah on (January 16, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Initially franciases thought , they will bring player from Pakistan without NOC as abdur razzaq visited BD , for what reason? or they might try to put pressure on PCB .......I don't , these are the report that Pakistani newspaper published yesturday

Posted by Rashid1111 on (January 16, 2013, 19:01 GMT)

Well done love you PCB you are true.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 16, 2013, 18:56 GMT)

Its all lame excuses

Posted by British_North_America on (January 16, 2013, 18:54 GMT)

Funny.Zaka Ashraf said in March 2012 that no Pakistani player will be in BPL2 if Bangladesh does not visit Pakistan.So, why these strange causes are shown?

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