B'desh coach Law 'concerned' over Pakistan tour

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Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 17:48 [IST]
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Coach Law 'concerned' over Pakistan tour

Dhaka, Apr 17: As Bangladesh are set to visit Pakistan for a ODI and Twenty20 game, team coach Stuart Law has expressed fear regarding his team's scheduled tour to Pakistan.

After three year's, Bangladesh are set to be the first team to visit Pakistan after the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team during the Lahore Test in 2009 which left eight dead, seven Sri Lanka players and an assistant coach were injured.

"It's got to be made sure by the two associating boards that everyone is 100 percent safe to go," he said in comments reported in Tuesday's Dhaka-based New Age newspaper. "I cannot speak on behalf of the players. I have spent time with the players and everyone is a bit concerned. Not just Bangladesh, but the other teams as well. The first initial response from the players around the world is: 'I don't want to go,'" Law said.

The proposed tour was hailed by Pakistani political leaders, players and fans, but newspapers in Bangladesh criticised Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief Mustafa Kamal for agreeing to the tour. The New Age daily described the decision as "irresponsible, unprofessional, autocratic and downright selfish".

Despite heavy criticism, Bangladeshi's cricket authorities will seek clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC), while coach Stuart Law refused to confirm if he would be travelling with the team.

After the 2009 attacks, Foreign teams have been ignoring Pakistan, forcing them to play their home series in neutral venues such as the United Arab Emirates.

Bangladesh will play one 50-over game and a Twenty20 international on April 29 and 30 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.


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