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PCB remains optimistic about Bangladesh series amid uncertainty

Islamabad, Wed, 14 Mar 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Mar 14 (ANI): Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf has said that a 'misunderstanding' caused Bangladesh to take a tough stance on their proposed series in the country, but remained optimistic that the tour will go ahead and revive international cricket.


The Express Tribune quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Mustafa Kamal as saying that he will not send the team to Pakistan if the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not agree to send its match officials.


Ashraf, running from pillar to post for the revival of international cricket, is optimistic that the Bangladesh tour will end the drought. PHOTO: FILE AFP


Kamal's comments came after the ICC Chief Executives Committee agreed to recommend non-neutral match officials for the series as special dispensation in 'exceptional circumstance' in case security apprehensions do not allow the sport's world governing body to send its own officials.


Pakistan have not hosted an international fixture since a gun attack on the Sri Lanka team in March 2009.


However, Bangladesh's promise to send its team in April this year, followed by its delegation giving a thumbs-up to security arrangements in the country, raised hopes of the revival of international cricket.


But the BCB chief's latest comments, in which he said that the tour will not take place "if proper rules are not followed including allocation of match-referees and umpires by the ICC", came as a shock to the country desperately awaiting the return of international cricket.


Ashraf, who is running from pillar to post for the revival, remained optimistic.


"We spoke to him [Kamal] and there was some misunderstanding on match officials. He thought we were arranging our own officials for the series. But it has been made clear to him that only the ICC-approved match officials will supervise the series and hopefully the tour will go ahead," he said. (ANI)


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