Bangaldesh cancels home series against Pakistan

March 18th, 2009 - 12:54 am ICT by IANS  

Karachi, March 17 (IANS) Bangladesh has postponed its home one-day international (ODI) cricket series against Pakistan citing security concerns, a media report said Tuesday.
The News quoted Bangladesh Minister for Youth and Sports M. Ahad Ali Sarkar saying that the government was unable to ensure fool-proof security for the Pakistani team because of the current situation in the country.

Pakistan was supposed to tour Bangladesh for five ODIs and one Twenty20 match from March 7 but the visit was postponed March 5 following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore.

The International Cricket Council had asked the Bangladesh Cricket Board to beef up security for the series but the Bangladeshi security forces were apparently unable to issue any guarantees.

The government is still overcoming problems created last month when Bangladesh Rifles soldiers mutinied against the army leadership. At least 73 people were killed in the rebellion.

Last week, it was reported that Pakistan’s tour might begin March 28 with the series being reduced to just three one-dayers.

Sarkar said that the cricket boards of two countries will discuss the new dates for the series later.

However, because of the busy schedule of both teams, it will be difficult for the two boards to find a window big enough to fit in the series in the next few months.

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