Bangladesh calls for ICC security clearance for 2012 Pakistan tour

Dubai: Bangladesh can tour Pakistan in April next year, but they need security clearance from the International Cricket Council (ICC), Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Mustafa Kamal has said.

Under the ICC Future Tours Programme, Bangladesh is due to tour Pakistan in April 2012.

“I met Ashraf who is keen to bring cricket back to Pakistan and for that he has invited us also and we have an obligation to tour them, but for that we need the ICC’s clearance on security,” the News quoted Kamal, as saying.

Kamal also said that he had discussed the prospect of the tour with ICC officials.

“I am also discussing the issue with the ICC officials and since they have to send umpires and other officials for the series they are also reviewing the situation and we will also continue to discuss the matter with Pakistan,” the BCB chief said.

International cricket has been suspended in Pakistan since terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team’s bus in Lahore in March 2009, which left eight people dead and seven visiting players and their assistant coach wounded.

ANI

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