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PCB concerned about security in Bangladesh

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 20, 2013

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Najam Sethi, the interim PCB chief, addresses a press conference, Lahore, June 24, 2013
Najam Sethi, the interim PCB chief, has been in touch with Pakistan's foreign office © AFP
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The PCB is gathering information from Pakistan's foreign office as well as the ICC regarding the security situation in Bangladesh, with an eye on its team's participation in two multi-nation events due to take place in Bangladesh in the next three months.

In light of an ongoing diplomatic row between the governments of the two countries, there are concerns in Pakistan over their team's participation in the Asia Cup and the World T20 in Bangladesh. The issue concerns the trial of 1971 war criminals in Bangladesh, which is taking place after more than four decades since Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan.

"The ICC has written back saying the situation is being monitored," Najam Sethi, the head of the PCB's interim management committee, told ESPNcricinfo. "We have also been in touch with our foreign office and asked them for advice and updates on the situation in Bangladesh."

It is not known whether the ICC received the communication from the PCB. However, it is understood that the ICC had written to all to all 16 participants in the World T20, due to take place in March-April, to update them about the security situation in Bangladesh. The ICC's letter to all participants is an indication that the recent unrest in Bangladesh is a cause for worry.

The PCB had written to the foreign office in order to get updates from the Pakistan embassy in Dhaka. There has, however, been no communication between the PCB and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Asian Cricket Council, the organisers of the Asia Cup.

BCB's acting chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo that the board had received "nothing in particular" from the ICC about the PCB's concern. "We are corresponding regularly with the ICC as tournament host of the World Twenty20 regarding many issues including security, which is a routine matter, but nothing specific has been discussed in the case of PCB or any other cricket board. I have also talked to the ACC CEO [Syed Ashraful Huq] this evening, and he hasn't informed me of any concern of the PCB."

It is expected that there should be a clearer picture of the situation in Bangladesh after the first week of January. Bangladesh is to host the Asia Cup from February 24 to March 7, and the WorldTwenty20 from March 16 to April 6.

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Posted by   on (December 27, 2013, 7:36 GMT)

it is a fact that presently bangla is hostile land for pakistanis. so PCB's concerns are genuine. they should move both tournaments to India or England etc.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

If the situation is not normal shortly then certainly the fate of upcoming mega event is assumable . The advance concerned of Pakistan has no special importance in this connection. Pakistan board has nothing special in raising the issue. If political situation does not change /improve we must not expect any cricketers should move to the play grounds. If politicians failed here to realize the pulse of the cricketing nations across the globe that would be a very sad part for Bangladesh. If Bangladesh political leadership failed to organize the event on time then ICC should have an alternative plan to arrange the events in alternative venues in the sub-continent or elsewhere. Cricket should not be a victim of politics or nation like Pakistan should not have chance to create an issue over it,

Posted by dossra on (December 22, 2013, 1:52 GMT)

Yeah right! Let Afghanistan play in Asia Cup so India can have an easy runover. Lolz. The situation is really bad. And we are talking about Bangladesh not South africa, Austrailia or India, who will contain the situation. I guess best for cricket to move it to Srilanka or South Africa. Even India will do.

Posted by   on (December 22, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

what has this got to do with afghanistan to play in bangladesh. if bangladesh is not safe to play nobody should risk being there let them settle it down

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 23:08 GMT)

play asia cup without Indiia...

Posted by fmufti on (December 21, 2013, 22:39 GMT)

It is the responsibility of ICC to ensure that the host nation provides adequate safety and security to all participating teams. If this is not possible than the fixtures must be shifted to another country. Just because the host country is not able to meet the necessary security for the teams does not mean that any team should not play the tournament. It is, therefore, upon BCB to ensure that security measures satisfactory to the participating teams are provided or else the tournaments must be held in another country.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 19:37 GMT)

If Pakistan doesnt want to play. I think afg should play in the Asia Cup and maybe Wcup aswell (Double qualification of 2 teams). Good news for all Afg fans.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Edd Oliver if not pakistan then y not nepal,bhuttan lol

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

In my opinion, Bangladesh is a safe place to play cricket as they tend to keep cricket and politics separate unlike some other countries. Given how passionate the Bangla people are about cricket, I feel they'll provide excellent security to everyone and both tournaments will be successful.

Posted by   on (December 21, 2013, 12:02 GMT)

If Pakistan won't tour for the Asia Cup then invite Afghanistan to take their place. They should be in the competition anyway along with the 4 Asian test countries.

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