Thursday 19 April 2012 

Bangladesh Tour Of Pakistan Postponed

Bangladesh Tour Of Pakistan Postponed
Bangladesh Looking Unlikely To Tour Pakistan
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Bangladesh's impending tour of Pakistan, scheduled to take place later this month has been postponed.

The two countries confirmed that a One-Day International and a Twenty20 International would be played but just ten days before the first match is slated to be played, the Bangladesh High Court has intervened.

The Court has imposed a four-week injunction on the tour to Pakistan in which time the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been ordered to explain why the tour was given the go-ahead.

Subsequently, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf was informed by the BCB that Bangladesh will not be touring.

"The boards of both countries should have resolved matters on their own," news website www.thenews.com.pk quoted him as saying.

No Test-playing nation has toured Pakistan since March 2009 when the Sri Lanka team convoy was attacked by gunmen, killing six policemen and two civilians and injuring players and match officials.

The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) have also issued a strongly-worded statement, describing the situation as 'chaotic' and 'contradictory'.

FICA Chief Executive Tim May said:

"As the peak body of Player Associations, of which the Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) are full members, FICA consider the matter of Player Safety as paramount in the consideration of whether any Event or series should proceed.

"This decision of whether Bangladesh should tour Pakistan needed to be a concise and transparent process.  Unfortunately all we have witnessed is seemingly a complete lack of any process and a series of indecisive and contradictory comments, particularly coming from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Mustafa Kamal.

"The actions and words of Mr Kamal certainly give the impression of confirming rumors that there has been a deal reached between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Mr Kamal, that PCB will nominate Mr  Kamal for the position of ICC Vice President  if Bangladesh agrees to tour Pakistan."

Both matches were scheduled to take place in Lahore.

Since the attack, Pakistan have been forced to play their home matches at neutral venues, favouring the United Arab Emirates although they played Australia in England in 2009.

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