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Top Bangladeshi players unwilling to tour Pakistan

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Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 17:16 [IST]
 
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Top B'desh players unwilling to tour Pak

Islamabad, Apr 18: Some top Bangladeshi players and cricket officials are unwilling to tour Pakistan due to security reasons, according to reports in Dhaka.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is facing a hard challenge to urge its leading players and team officials to tour Pakistan on April 29 and 30 to play an ODI and Twenty20 match.

Bangladesh coach Stuart Law and several players have expressed fear about security in Pakistan. The BCB is also worried about players backing out in the end.

Meanwhile, the PCB is eager to see a strong Bangladeshi team for the short series.

"The board chairman, Zaka Ashraf, during his meeting with his counterpart, Mustafa Kamal, made it clear that Pakistan would like to host the strongest Bangladesh team," a daily quoted a source, as saying.

"Obviously if the Bangladesh team comes without top players like Shakib-ul-Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and other stars, it would weaken the touring side and reduce the competitive edge of the series," the source added.

Head of the BCB Cricket Committee, Inayat Hussain Siraj, said they will not force any player or team official to tour Pakistan.

"Whoever wants to go to Pakistan is fine, but we will not force anyone to go on the tour," Siraj said.

Bangladeshi cricket fans also opposed their team's tour to Pakistan, and have asked to postpone it due to security reasons.

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