Not all is rumour
The recent media speculation over Bangladesh’s possible Pakistan tour for three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches has at least some substance, said the officials of the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The BCB officially denied the rumour and said it has not given any thought on the possibility of the tour, but more than one of the BCB directors confirmed that there is at least some development behind the curtain.
Bangladesh were scheduled to tour Pakistan in April for a short series, but it was cancelled after a High Court division bench ordered the visit be suspended following a writ petition filed by a lawyer and a private university teacher.
The then BCB president, AHM Mustafa Kamal, had assured Pakistan that the tour would be held in near the future and December was mentioned as possible date. But there was no firm commitment from Bangladesh as the tour was a politically sensitive issue.
Pakistan Cricket Board on Tuesday informed reporters that the BCB has agreed the tour in December and was hoping for it to be announced officially after Wednesday’s meeting.
According to messages received from Pakistan, the Pakistan Cricket Board officials sounded very confident about the tour particularly after two Twenty20 exhibition matches featuring retired players from West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka were successfully held in Karachi last week.
But the new BCB president, Nazmul Hasan, said they have not discussed in Wednesday’s meeting as it was not on the agenda. New Age contacted a number of BCB directors to get an impression that there was at least some informal discussion both in its October 19 and 24 meetings and it will be further discussed on November 1.
‘The discussion is still at a premature stage,’ said a BCB official. ‘We are working on a few proposals, but it all depends on many things.’
One of the proposals is that Bangladesh will tour Pakistan for just two days as a token gesture and will play one or two games. The remaining matches of the series will be held in Dhaka.
However, the BCB officials said before giving their final approval they have to consider a few other issues apart from the security matter. The BCB will go into an election in December and during this transition period many directors are not interested in taking such a sensitive decision.
‘The security situation in Pakistan has not improved dramatically in the last six months. The country is not safe for a 14-year-old girl, who wanted to be educated. So we have to be very careful about making a decision,’ said an official.
International teams have avoided touring Pakistan since the 2009 attack by militants on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.