Bangladesh scrap Pakistan tour

  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 17:06 GMT

The Pakistan Cricket Board believe it is "inappropriate" that Bangladesh have used security concerns as their main reason for calling off a proposed tour to the country next month.

Bangladesh: Tour to Pakistan off
Bangladesh: Tour to Pakistan off

The Tigers were due to become the first international side to tour Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist act in Lahore, which saw eight Pakistani policemen and civilians killed and six members of the Sri Lanka squad injured when gunmen attacked the team's bus.

But Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan has ruled out that possibility until the situation in Pakistan improves. He was quoted as saying at a news conference: "Bangladesh will not visit Pakistan for now.

"We have noticed the security situation in Pakistan has not improved significantly, rather it's 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."

The PCB, who say it has not yet had official confirmation from the BCB that the proposed tour has been cancelled, are unhappy with the reasons Nazmul has given to the media for calling things off.

A PCB spokesman said the atmosphere in Pakistan was "congenial" for visiting international teams.

"Although no official intimation has so far been received by PCB from BCB regarding this, and the decision to tour Pakistan is the sole prerogative of BCB, however, it is inappropriate to call security situation in Pakistan as the main reason behind this decision," the spokesman said in statement.

"A lot of cricket related activity in which many international players has participated in the matches held at Karachi and Rawalpindi has recently taken place in Pakistan successfully and without any security issue whatsoever, which in itself reflects that the atmosphere in Pakistan is congenial for any international team visit to the country."

The statement added: "Moreover, a team of BCB and Bangladesh government jointly visited Pakistan to ascertain the security situation and they left fully satisfied on the subject.

"Now it would only be proper for the new president of BCB to read the report submitted by that team or visit Pakistan before making any such comments on Pakistan's current situation."


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