Monday, December 31, 2012

BCB cancel Pakistan tour over security concern

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) members have taken decision to put on hold of their Pakistan tour regarding the security situation.
The decision to not send Bangladesh cricket team to Pakistan now has come as a great relief for millions of supporters. BCB chief, Nazmul Hassan, told reporters in Dhaka, “Bangladesh will not visit Pakistan for now.”
Board members have come to a decision after taking into an account of the overall security situation in Pakistan and the concern that Bangladeshi people have expressed over the safety of their players.
Bangladesh was scheduled to play a T20 and an ODI match on January 12 and 13 respectively. Both of the matches were scheduled to be held in Lahore.
Because of the political instability, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had to organize their home matches in different venues in abroad ranging from Dubai to London since 2009 when gunmen attacked in Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus in Lahore. In this incident, eight people were killed and seven Sri Lankan players were wounded.
On December 22, Zaka Ashraf, chairman of the PCB, said that their Bangladeshi corresponding had confirmed that the tour was absolutely on.
According to Hassan, BCB had informed the Pakistan board about their change of decision. He said, “We've sent a letter to Pakistan three days ago explaining our position. We've decided to wait and see.”
So, Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan is facing uncertainty. It is not sure if they will visit Pakistan or not.