Bangladesh unlikely to tour Pakistan in January - BCB

DHAKA Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:48pm IST

Polluted waters of China

Polluted waters of China

Growing cities, overuse of fertilizers, and factory wastewater have degraded China's water supplies to the extent that half the nation's rivers and lakes are severely polluted.  Slideshow 

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh are unlikely to tour Pakistan next month due to security concerns, despite making a commitment to do so at an International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting in October.

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf said on December 21 the BCB had confirmed a visit in January, which would have made Bangladesh the first international side to tour Pakistan since armed militants attacked the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009.

Eight Pakistanis were killed and six Sri Lanka players were wounded when gunmen fired on their coach as they were being driven to a stadium in Lahore.

"We have made a commitment to travel to Pakistan. But still there are some concerns," said Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hasan at news conference on Monday.

"We have noticed the security situation in Pakistan has not improved significantly, rather deteriorated. In this circumstance, we think it will not be very wise to tour.

"We have conveyed our decision to Pakistan already. We are observing the situation. If the situation improves we will keep our commitment."

Nazmul added that it was a very difficult decision for them to make.

"We have made a commitment to travel to Pakistan. It was even in the minutes of an ICC meeting that we will go even if it does not provide the match officials," he said.

"So it was almost mandatory for us. But we believe that the security of players and officials are the most important thing."

Bangladesh had agreed to send a team to Pakistan in April this year to play a Twenty20 match and one-day international in Lahore.

However, the Dhaka High Court issued a restraining order stopping Bangladesh from playing in Pakistan due to security concerns.

The BCB president added that they were ready to face possible repercussions from Pakistan, who are determined to bring international cricket back to the country.

"We are aware that Pakistan will not be happy with our decision. They might not send players in our domestic cricket, may not cooperate us in many other fields and we have to accept it," he said.

Afzalur Rahman Sinha, a BCB member and chairman of Bangladesh Premier League governing council chairman, said the Twenty20 tournament would go ahead even if Pakistan does not allow its players to take part.

More than 50 Pakistani players were auctioned for the second edition of the league earlier this month, but media reports suggested Pakistan would not allow its players to take part unless Bangladesh decided to tour.

"We believe no one is indispensable. The tournament will go ahead if even if Pakistani players don't come," he said.

(Editing by Peter Rutherford)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Commonwealth Games

SPORTS SHOWCASE

Pumped Up

Pumped Up

British Open champion McIlroy not one to rest on his laurels.  Full Article 

Kidnap & Ransom

Kidnap & Ransom

Carlos Tevez's father kidnapped, released after ransom paid.  Full Article 

Stepping Down

Stepping Down

Alejandro Sabella quits as Argentina football coach - reports.  Full Article 

Woods Hopeful

Woods Hopeful

PGA Tour commissioner and Woods hope for big 2014 finish.  Full Article 

Coach Unimpressed

Coach Unimpressed

No backhanded compliments for Federer from Edberg.  Full Article 

Scolari Returns

Scolari Returns

Scolari makes quick return to coaching at old club Gremio.  Full Article 

Messi Magic

Messi Magic

Messi could help us expand in Russia, say Barcelona.  Full Article 

Bribery Trial

Bribery Trial

Ecclestone seeks to settle German bribery case.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage