Pak-B'desh tour postponed, Pak officials unhappy

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Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 18:10 [IST]
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Pak official unhappy with tour postponed

Karachi, Apr 19: Pakistan cricket authorities on Thursday expressed disappointment after a court in Dhaka ordered Bangladesh to postpone their scheduled tour of Pakistan due to security reasons.

"Bangladesh's Cricket Board have informed us that they cannot tour us on the agreed dates of April 29 and 30. It's disappointing," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed told AFP.

Bangladesh were set to play a one-day international and a twenty20 game on April 29 and 30 in Lahore.

But the high court in Dhaka ordered the team to delay the tour by a month while Bangladesh should go ahead despite security reasons.

Additional Attorney General M.K. Rahman told AFP that the high court in Dhaka had ordered Bangladesh cricket officials to explain why the tour was scheduled to go forward despite security concerns in Pakistan.

"It asked the cricket board to explain in the next four weeks. During the four weeks, the court imposed an injunction on the cricket team's tour to Pakistan," he said.

"We told the court that the Pakistan tour would risk the lives of our cricketers," Hassan Azim, lawyer for the two petitioners, told AFP.

"Pakistan is not a safe place for an international sports event. No other international teams are travelling to Pakistan. Why should Bangladesh go? The decision was imposed on the cricketers."

Bangladesh will be the first Test-playing nation to visit Pakistan after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team back in 2009.


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