Bangladesh no to Pak tour without ICC nod
Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan hit a roadblock on Tuesday after the Bangladesh Board president Mustafa Kamal threw the ball back into ICC's court. Nilankur Das reports.india Updated: Mar 13, 2012 00:12 IST
Bangladesh's tour of Pakistan hit a roadblock on Tuesday after the Bangladesh Board president Mustafa Kamal threw the ball back into ICC's court.
The ICC had created an opening for the tour by allowing bilateral series to happen with non-neutral officials. But Kamal, who is also the Asian Cricket Council president, said: "We are not going to send our team anywhere if all the ICC guidelines of a tour aren't met. If the ICC feels Pakistan is not safe for its officials and does not take responsibility, how can I force my boys to go there and play? I'm sympathetic towards Pakistan and as president of the ACC both the countries are under my domain, but the ICC will have to take some responsibility."
Pakistan have not hosted an international team other than Afghanistan since the terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in 2009. "We have a responsibility to honour the ICC's future tours programme and so I was keen to send our team there."
Instead, the BCB president said Bangladesh was keen to tour India and that could happen sometime even before 2014. "This has been in the pipeline for sometime and talks have gone ahead. We expect an invitation from the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) soon," he said.