Bangladesh agree to tour Pakistan in 2013.Bangladesh have agreed to tour Pakistan early next year and become the first team to play international cricket there since gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus in 2009.But their exile status now looks set to finish as early as January 12 after the Bangladeshi board (BCB) said it would take up an invitation to play games in Lahore, as long as there were no last-minute objections on security grounds.We have in principle agreed to tour Pakistan. It a dedication made by former BCB president Mustafa Kamal. They are keeping his word, Enayet Husain Siraj, the board head of cricket operations.The tour is subject to security clearance, he added.Officials have said they see no judicial bar this time.
Pakistan have had to play their home matches in venues ranging from Dubai to London ever since gunmen shot dead eight people and wounded seven Sri Lankan players in an audacious assault near the stadium in Lahore in March 2009.Bangladesh had also accepted an invitation to tour Pakistan last April for a short limited-over series but the Dhaka High Court blocked the tour on security grounds.
In October Pakistan successfully hosted two Twenty20 exhibition matches involving a group of largely retired stars from South Africa, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Bangladesh agree to tour Pakistan in 2013
Jalal Yunus, a spokesman for the BCB, said the board on Sunday night received a security plan from their counterparts in Pakistan, which would be discussed before signing off on the tour.Well sit with our stakeholders including players and concerned government officials soon.Yunus said Pakistan had proposed matches to happen in Lahore from January 12-13, of which would be a 50-over international game and the other a Twenty20 contest.
Pakistani cricketers are hugely popular in Bangladesh and twenty of them including stars such as big-hitting Shahid Afridi and the spinner Saeed Ajmal played in the inaugural edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) last year.The second edition of the BPL is due to start next month, days after the Pakistan tour.
But according to a Monday document by the cricket net site, Pakistan will only give its cricketers clearance to play in the event if Bangladesh goes ahead with the tour.Pakistan are due to play Twenty20 games in India later this month and 50-over matches in the first series between the neighbors in years.A Pakistani board official told the net site that the onus is on Bangladesh now, insisting that we are committed to give them the best security.In October Pakistan successfully hosted Twenty20 exhibition matches involving a group of largely retired stars from South Africa, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
Bangladesh had also accepted an invitation to tour Pakistan last April for a short limited-over series but the Dhaka High Court blocked the tour on security grounds. Officials have said they see no judicial bar to the latest tour which Bangladesh officials say is expected to include a combination of 50-over and Twenty20 internationals.