Islamabad, Mar 20 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hopes Bangladesh will tour the country in April.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), despite being satisfied by the proposed security arrangements for the tour to Pakistan, is seeking some support from other countries, but none has been forthcoming, the Daily Times reports.
A nine-member delegation, headed by BCB President Mustafa Kamal, had been sent on a two-day visit to Pakistan to observe a demonstration of the security plan for the series, and Kamal had said he was positive about the tour going ahead.
The ICC, however, introduced a special dispensation to be made in exceptional circumstances in order to ensure bilateral series take place even if the ruling body determined it unsafe to appoint its officials for such series. It would allow such series to be manned by "non-neutral match officials."
Kamal then put the future of the tour in doubt by saying: "We won't go if everything doesn't happen within the standard practice, which is the allocation of match-referees, umpires and all things by the ICC."
While the PCB did not respond to Kamal's comments, a board official said the BCB was being leaned on by another country.
"We are informed of a third-country pressure on BCB," a PCB official said, adding: "We understand most of the member boards aren't keen to support our move, but we are very much clear of what would be required to give Bangladesh the confidence to come to Pakistan. And we did exactly what we have to do - we have engaged the government at the superior level to satisfy Bangladesh with the security arrangements." (ANI)
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