Bangladesh's players are concerned
about the security situation in Pakistan
ahead of their scheduled tour to the
country in April, the Cricketers'
Welfare Association of Bangladesh
(CWAB) president, Naimur Rahman,
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)
had requested the government to send
a team to Pakistan to evaluate the
security arrangements, but it is believed the players think the board
should talk to them first before making
"We [CWAB] don't have a stance as
such, but we know that the players
are worried," Rahman, who was
Bangladesh's first Test captain, said.
"The situation is not normal there and
no other team is going to Pakistan.
They themselves play their home
games in places like Dubai and Abu
Dhabi. The BCB are going to send the
investigation team and we hope to be
a part of it. If not, we will wait for the
"I personally believe it is not safe. The
worried players haven't approached us
formally, but when they do, we will
take the matter to the cricket board."
The PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, had
met with Pakistan's interior ministry to
discuss security arrangements for the
Bangladesh team. The Interior
Minister Rehman Malik said that 'box
security', which includes bullet and
bomb proof vehicles, would be
provided for the series.
"Since we have a scheduled tour on
the Future Tours Programme, that's
why we promised to send a security
team before making any decision,"
BCB's media committee chairman Jalal
Yunus told the Daily Star. "We are
more concerned than the players
about their security and safety. I think
it's too early to say anything because
we are yet to decide anything."
Pakistan have not hosted an
international series since the terrorist
attack on the Sri Lankan team in
Lahore in 2009. Since then they have
hosted their home series at offshore
venues like England and the UAE.
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