A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: PCB chairman threatens Bangladesh over tour

Ashraf warned Bangladesh that sporting ties between the two nations could hit an all time low

 

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, Zaka Ashraf, warned Bangladesh that sporting ties would be severely hindered if they refused to tour the country.

The PCB, invited Bangladesh to play an ODI series later earlier this month, which would see Pakistan hosting international for the first time in three years.

“I think we will have to reconsider our relationship with Bangladesh if they don’t tour us, but I hope such a situation will not come,” Ashraf said.

However, before anything can be finalised, the PCB, are waiting for authorisation from the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Pakistan have not hosted an international cricket match since March 2009, when the Sri Lankan cricket team were attacked by gunmen in Lahore.

According to sources, Bangladesh sent a delegation to Pakistan last month, in order to assess the security situation, after the government gave their assurances that the country was safe to tour.

The International Cricket Council (ICC), have offered to let local umpires officiate the match, if the security situation drives neutral umpires away.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chairman, Mustafa Kamal, who also headed the delegation in Pakistan, has announced that he will raise the issue during the ICC board meeting, which takes place on April 14 to 16 in Dubai.

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