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Bangladesh coach fears for Twenty20 chances

cricket Updated: Mar 18, 2009 16:14 IST

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Bangladesh’s cricket coach said today he feared the postponement of Pakistan’s tour to the country would hit his team’s chances at this year’s ICC World Twenty20 championships.

Bangladesh’s government has put tours by foreign sports teams on hold because of security concerns following last month’s mutiny at a military base in the capital, Dhaka, in which more than 70 people were killed.

Coach Jamie Siddons said the Bangladeshi team had been banking on Pakistan’s tour to help them prepare for the Twenty20 event in England in June.

“We’ve got no real cricket until then, which is a bit of a concern for us,” Siddons told AFP.

The Pakistani team were originally scheduled to play two Twenty20 matches and five one-day internationals from March 10-22.

Siddons said he was hopeful the security situation would improve in Bangladesh and there was a possibility Pakistan could tour in October or November.