The Pakistan team, board and supporters have been starved for international cricket since March 2009. While they have been forced to play 'home' matches away from the country, their players have also been ignored for the Indian Premier League in the wake of political tensions following the 26/11
terror attacks in Mumbai.
Finally, international cricket looks set to return to the strife-torn region after three years with Bangladesh agreeing to tour the country later this month. However, it would only be for a one-off ODI and a Twenty20 international.
No team has toured Pakistan since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore during a Test series. Six Sri Lankan players were injured in the attack in which many security men and two civilians were killed.
The ODI is scheduled for April 29 and the T20I for April 30. Both matches will be played at the Gaddafi Stadium here. "I am pleased to confirm this tour today. I know how important it is for PCB for revival of cricket in their country," Mostafa Kamal, President of the Bangladesh Cricket Board said in a statement released by the PCB.
"The public of Pakistan have been deprived of cricket and we felt that we needed to support them. The reception we received when we toured Lahore and Karachi on our security visit was overwhelming," Kamal added.
The ICC requested the PCB to immediately provide a comprehensive security plan for consideration. Thereafter, the ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit will commission a localised risk assessment to determine whether its officials and staff are appropriately protected by the security plan, before any further decision is taken in relation to their appointment. Zaka Ashraf, the PCB chairman, said: "I want to thank the BCB and the Bangladesh Govt."