Cricket: Decisive talks on Bangladesh tour likely

Published: April 13, 2012

Ashraf and Kamal looked happy to be in each other’s company when the BCB chief visited Lahore. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: 

The wait is nearing its end.

Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan looks unlikely with each passing day but an announcement is imminent with chiefs of both boards coming face-to-face in Dubai this weekend for the International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting.

According to officials, Zaka Ashraf will meet Mustafa Kamal on the sidelines of the meeting. Developments in the last few weeks suggest that Bangladesh is reluctant to send its team in the absence of neutral officials which the ICC has refused to send to Pakistan. Reports emerged on Wednesday that Kamal had called off the tour and had informed the ICC of this decision. The ICC, however, confirmed to The Express Tribune that no such information had been passed on to them.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) remains optimistic about the Bangladesh tour and the chairman will try to convince Kamal again,” said a PCB official who added that the matter of allowing home officials for the series will also be discussed during the meeting.

Last month’s chief executive committee meeting agreed to allow local officials for the series if there existed security apprehensions over sending neutral officials. The CEC had recommended the matter to the ICC for approval.

Meanwhile, Ashraf ruled out inviting other Test teams during the ICC meeting.

“We already spoke to other boards and the Bangladesh tour is significant in this regard.”

However, as per reports, the PCB will ask associate members to tour Pakistan after recently hosting a British universities’ side successfully.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 13th, 2012.

Reader Comments (5)

  • Simon Khan
    Apr 13, 2012 - 4:40AM

    I believe brotherly Bangladesh will come, we should be happy due them we have a country and a great cricket team

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  • Ahsan
    Apr 13, 2012 - 3:17PM

    Thats good news

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  • Syed
    Apr 13, 2012 - 9:26PM

    Seriously doubt that the Bangladesh will tour, they shouldn’t be blamed if the don’t under the current circumstances. However, their board BCB and particularly Mustafa Kamal should be blamed for this whole episode for bargaining his ICC vice presidency with the PCB in Leo of the Bangladeshi tour.

    It’s time, PCB should just forget about this, a Bangladeshi tour will achieve nothing for Pakistan cricket. Even if they do tour, the other top tier teams are not quite ready to visit Pakistan. PCB needs to take gradual steps such as inviting a few foreign players in the domestic tournaments, inviting first class teams from overseas, etc. before reaching out to the international teams.

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  • blacksheep
    Apr 13, 2012 - 11:41PM

    forget bangdesh and all that don’t want to play with us including scared india….let’s wait and play real teams like SA, AUS, England, Sri Lanka, NZ etc.

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  • concerned
    Apr 14, 2012 - 12:15PM

    they would have toured it we lost the Asia Cup final, they made it clear how ‘brotherly’ they are after they appealed against the result of the match

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