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Bangladesh may be first to tour Pakistan since Lahore bus attack

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 3:28am

Bangladesh have agreed to tour Pakistan early next year and become the first team to play international cricket there since the 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's team bus, officials said yesterday.

"We have in principle agreed to tour Pakistan. It's a commitment made by former [Bangladesh Cricket Board] president Mustafa Kamal. We are keeping his word," Enayet Husain Siraj, the board's head of cricket operations, said. "The tour is subject to security clearance."

Foreign teams have refused to tour Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team's bus in Lahore in March 2009 left eight people dead and seven Sri Lankan players wounded.

Bangladesh had also accepted an invitation to play in Pakistan last April for a short limited-over series, but the High Court in Dhaka blocked the tour over security concerns.

Officials have said they see no judicial bar this time, although BCB spokesman Jalal Yunus said the board were still awaiting a security plan from their counterparts in Pakistan that would be discussed before signing off on the tour.

"We'll sit with our stakeholders, including players and concerned government officials, very soon," Yunus said.

The board spokesman said Pakistan had proposed two matches to take place in Lahore from January 12 to 13, one of which would be a 50-over international game and the other a Twenty20 contest.

In October, Pakistan successfully hosted two Twenty20 exhibition matches involving a group of largely retired stars from South Africa, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

Pakistan are due to play two Twenty20 games in India this month and three 50-over matches in the first series between the two neighbours in five years.

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