ICC makes BCB think twice on Pakistan tourStaff Correspondent
The stand taken by the international Cricket Council has forced Bangladesh to think twice before deciding to send its cricket team to Pakistan in April for the proposed series, sources within the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Monday.
Bangladesh sent a security delegation to Pakistan with a positive frame of mind and was hoping to involve the ICC in the process soon when a statement from the global cricket oversight body changed the scenario completely, said sources.
When the delegation had just completed their visit, the issue came in for discussion out of the blue at the Chief Executives’ Committee meeting of the ICC, which later issued a statement clearly indicating that Pakistan is still an unsafe country.
‘The CEC meeting noted that in the event of the participating countries deciding that the tour should proceed
and the ICC determining that it was unsafe to appoint match officials fort the tour, a special dispensation to depart from the standard playing conditions to allow non-neutral match officials to participate in the matches would be required from the ICC board,’ said the ICC statement.
‘If you read the statement carefully, you will find the ICC’s views on security situation in Pakistan,’ said a top BCB official. ‘It still thinks Pakistan is unsafe, which is a message for us.’
While the ICC statement clearly mentioned that an individual country can decide on bilateral series and it has a limited role, the BCB viewed it as an attempt by the ICC to avoid responsibility.
The BCB sources refused to confirm if these issues were discussed
with the ICC chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat, former ICC president Ehsan Mani and
Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf, who are currently in Dhaka as the guests of the Asian Cricket Council.
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