Pakistan news December 20, 2013

PCB concerned about security in Bangladesh

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    play asia cup without Indiia...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on December 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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

  • on December 21, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    play asia cup without Indiia...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on December 21, 2013, 15:14 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on December 21, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Many comments here saying pak just playing it up. dont you guys see cricket news? NZ played series before the events and didnt WI withdrawn their U19 team from BD? U19 team guys. or was WI also playing? PAk may still send team but do you think WI will send team after withdrawing their U19 team?

    Though i think situation will get better as both events are still 2 months away and it will be better by then. so no real issues.

  • on December 21, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    In response to all comments: You just have to google to know that current security situation in Bangladesh is pretty volatile and getting even more worse as elections are coming closer. Security concerns of PCB are not illogical. Even FICA (cricketers association) is also monitoring the situation closely. Reason why PCB is more concerned is that current BD Govt is using anti-pakistan politics in the elections. There have been reports burning effigies ( wearing Pakistani cricket team jersey) in protests. Not to mention the hard line comment recently made by PM of Bangladesh that there is no place for lovers of Pakistan in BD. (what about lovers of PK cricket team?? or their supporters??). IMO, PCB is very right to be concerned about security situation in Bangladesh and they SHOULD be considering all above factors.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @legsidewide: agreed abt wat u said ;)

  • wrenx on December 21, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @HatersAreOrdinary Oh, the irony in you being unable to see the irony of your name. Meta-irony.

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Ha ha ha...I can't stop laughing

  • HatersAreOrdinary on December 21, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Lmfao. To see pakistanis are concerned about security! Why dont we shift the asia cup n world t20 to pakistan? If it was aust or nz than it was something to think but i am sorry my pakistani haters nz just finished a series in bd during those strikes. So yeah making those funny comments only shows your true colors. And guess what nobody really cares.

  • on December 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    As both these big events are on our head and the situation in Bg is really concerning so Asia cup shud b shifted either to SL or Middle East and T 20world cup to SA or may b to England

  • Shajadul on December 21, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    The present situation in BD is strictly political between ruling party and 1971 war criminal party Jamat. BD people loves cricket and they have arranged world cup successfully. PAK may be trying to make most out of it and looking for revenge (as BD refuse to tour PAK because of security concerns).

  • taslu613 on December 21, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    This is really a concern.This needs to be taken care seriously.if situation is not improving,T20 world cup should moved to another country.UAE could be a good venue.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Ha ha this is really funny

  • on December 20, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    well I think cricket should kept out of politics. all the team participating in icc world cup must check the past record. people of Bangladesh loves cricket & these people will confirm the security.

  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    ICC shud look the security situation carefully and search reserve place as well..

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  • zalmaypk on December 20, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    ICC shud look the security situation carefully and search reserve place as well..

  • on December 20, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    well I think cricket should kept out of politics. all the team participating in icc world cup must check the past record. people of Bangladesh loves cricket & these people will confirm the security.

  • on December 21, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Ha ha this is really funny

  • taslu613 on December 21, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    This is really a concern.This needs to be taken care seriously.if situation is not improving,T20 world cup should moved to another country.UAE could be a good venue.

  • Shajadul on December 21, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    The present situation in BD is strictly political between ruling party and 1971 war criminal party Jamat. BD people loves cricket and they have arranged world cup successfully. PAK may be trying to make most out of it and looking for revenge (as BD refuse to tour PAK because of security concerns).

  • on December 21, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    As both these big events are on our head and the situation in Bg is really concerning so Asia cup shud b shifted either to SL or Middle East and T 20world cup to SA or may b to England

  • HatersAreOrdinary on December 21, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Lmfao. To see pakistanis are concerned about security! Why dont we shift the asia cup n world t20 to pakistan? If it was aust or nz than it was something to think but i am sorry my pakistani haters nz just finished a series in bd during those strikes. So yeah making those funny comments only shows your true colors. And guess what nobody really cares.

  • on December 21, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Ha ha ha...I can't stop laughing

  • wrenx on December 21, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @HatersAreOrdinary Oh, the irony in you being unable to see the irony of your name. Meta-irony.

  • on December 21, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    @legsidewide: agreed abt wat u said ;)