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Monday, April 23, 2012

Bangladesh look to South Africa ,Pakistan out of sight

Bangladesh have approached South Africa for a series in May after the postponement of a series in Pakistan. Due to its prior commitments, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is unlikely to go ahead with the Pakistan tour even if the Dhaka High Court gives the go-ahead.

Pakistan's leading every day Dawn said that the tour is unlikely to go ahead due to Bangladesh's prior international commitments.

Cricinfo reported that BCB president Mustafa Kamal has now offered to Cricket South Africa (CSA) to pay all the costs, whether the series takes place in Bangladesh or South Africa. Bangladesh wishes to play ODIs & Twenty20s in May.

'We have received the request & they are in the process of checking whether it would be feasible. They have nothing against it, it is scheduling. At the moment, I can say it is a request they are taking a look at,' CSA's acting chief executive Jacques Faul said.

The tour to Pakistan for an ODI & a Twenty20, on April 29 & 30 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, was postponed after Dhaka High Court, citing security concerns, ordered the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to postpone by weeks the national team's tour to Pakistan slated to start next week.

A BCB spokesman, who was quoted by Dawn, said that the decision not to tour Pakistan is not part of a conspiracy. The spokesperson also said that BCB was still waiting for a duplicate of the stay order from the Dhaka High Court.

The spokesperson also said 'the notion that BCB's lawyer had not defended the tour to Pakistan in the hearing at the Dhaka High Court was untrue.'

The official also said that it was not fair that Bangladesh ought to go to Pakistan amid security concerns when it was playing 'home series' with other teams on neutral venues.

Had the tour gone ahead, Bangladesh would have been the first international team to tour Pakistan in years since the 2009 assault on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

For the last years, Pakistan has been a no-go zone for international teams & they had to play most of their home matches at neutral venues, mostly in Dubai & Abu Dhabi.

CSA will sit down with South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) & national coach Gary Kirsten before deciding Bangladesh's request.

South Africa have a packed schedule & SACA is unlikely to give a green signal for the tour as chief executive Tony Irish said it falls outside the Future Tours Programme (FTP).

'Because this will fall outside the Future Tours Programme, it needs the permission of SACA to happen. & what I can say at the moment is that it is unlikely they will go through with it,' he said.

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