Pakistan call off Bangladesh tour

Published: April 27, 2017
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: Pakistan has called off their scheduled cricket tour of Bangladesh this year, the country’s cricket board chairman Shaharyar Khan confirmed on Wednesday.

Bangladesh last toured Pakistan in 2007-08, whereas the Men-in-Green have since travelled to Bangladesh in 2011 and 2015.

The Green Caps were scheduled to play two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I in July and August in the South Asian country.

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However, Khan said that Bangladesh had failed to reciprocate Pakistan’s visits with their cricket board turning down an invitation to play two T20 internationals in Pakistan.

“We had spoken about the possibility of hosting them [Bangladesh in Pakistan] this year,” the PCB chairman told ESPNcricinfo. “Pakistan have toured Bangladesh twice without them reciprocating, and we feel we cannot tour Bangladesh for the third straight time.

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“Therefore, we have decided to postpone the tour, and will explore another window in the next year or so.”

At least 10 gunmen fired on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009 with rifles, grenades and rockets, wounding six players and a British coach, and killing eight Pakistanis.

Since then, Pakistan has been forced to play most of its “home” games in the United Arab Emirates.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • yaz
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:04PM

    Excellent decisionRecommend

  • Abdul Awwal
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:27PM

    Did Bangladesh tell PCB not to come ?Recommend

  • Giri
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:42PM

    Bangladesh is right in refusing to play in Pakistan considering what happened to Shri Lankan team. But Pakistan cannot refuse tour of Bangladesh as no team has been attacked like in Pakistan. So no excuse to cancel the tour. Bangladesh should approach ICC and ask for compensation for the losses.Recommend

  • Usama
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:46PM

    This is Childish from PCB considering the security situation and perception we have.Why don’t they ask Australia or England to visit and cancel tours if they come.Recommend

  • LOL
    Apr 27, 2017 - 12:49PM

    good decisionRecommend

  • Ahmad Shakeel
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:05PM

    At least 10 gunmen fired on a bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricket team in 2009 with rifles, grenades and rockets, wounding six players and a British coach, and killing eight Pakistanis.

    Let the World forget this please. Things have been changed.Recommend

  • Alien1
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:47PM

    Its bangladesh which did not want to tour pakistan.Recommend

  • Salman
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:49PM

    Let’s be honest here. PCB is happy to send the Pak cricket team to play in countries like Australia and UK and in return host them in the UAE. Why can it not apply the same principle here in the case of Bangladesh.Recommend

  • Qami Baloch
    Apr 27, 2017 - 1:58PM

    I Support this decision ..Recommend

  • F Khan
    Apr 27, 2017 - 3:45PM

    I do not think it is a wise decision.Politics and cricket should not mix.This is exactly what is our stance when it comes to India when they do not want to play cricket with us,whatever the reason.Recommend

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