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Pak tour of Bangla uncertain: Official

Published: Tuesday, December 5, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dhaka: Pakistan's tour of Bangladesh, scheduled for the first week of January, is looking increasingly unlikely to go ahead, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Saber Hossain Chowdhury said on Tuesday.Mr Chowdhury said he doubted that the television broadcast arrangements for the tour would be finished on time. "For organising a Test series, the television production firm WorldTel had to be informed a minimum of one month in advance," he said.Mr Chowdhury's remarks add to the shadow cast on the tour by the recent diplomatic row between Dhaka and Islamabad over the reported remarks by a senior Pakistani diplomat in Dhaka about Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence.Pakistan had agreed to play two Tests and two One-day Internationals with Bangladesh in January after India's cancellation of their scheduled tour to Pakistan this month.The Asian Cricket Council (ACC), at their meeting in Sharjah last month, agreed to pursue India to reconsider their stand for the greater interest of Asian cricket.A three-member ACC delegation led by Chowdhury is due to visit India this week in an effort to persuade New Delhi to reconsider its decision. However India are yet to give the green light to the delegation making a delay likely, BCB general secretary Syed Ashraful Haq said.The delegation was to include Sri Lankan Cricket Board president Thilanga Sumathipala and chairman of the Malaysian Cricket Association Tunku Imran.Mr Haq also cast doubts over whether Bangladesh would permit Pakistan to tour following the controversial remarks made in Dhaka by Islamabad's Deputy High Commissioner Irfan-ur Raja.The BCB would have to get fresh clearance from the Bangladesh government for the tour to go ahead, he said. Raja was recalled following his comments on November 27 when he allegedly said at a seminar that atrocities committed during the 1971 war were provoked by "miscreants" from Bangladesh's current ruling party, and not by the Pakistani army.Click here for Copyright

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