Bangladesh to go ahead with home series against Pakistan

March 3rd, 2009 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, March 3 (IANS) Bangladesh is “ready to go ahead” with the home series against Pakistan next week even as a terrorist attack in Lahore left six Sri Lankan players injured Tuesday, a media report said.
Bangladesh cricket authorities expressed sadness over the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus but hoped Pakistan would still go ahead with their tour of the country, bdnews24.com reported.

“We are deeply saddened by the unfortunate events and express solidarity with the players, match officials and victims of the attack,” the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said in a statement.

Unidentified gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s cricket team bus with rifles, grenades and rockets, wounding six players and their British coach, as it was being driven to Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium for the third day of the second Test.

Eight Pakistanis were killed in the attack following which the Test match was cancelled.

The BCB officials said they were in constant touch with their counterparts in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) after the attack.

Pakistan are due to arrive Saturday on a 16-day trip to play two Twenty20 and five One-Day International matches.

“We are observing the whole situation. We will watch how the incident and the aftermath unfold and respond accordingly,” said Ahmed Sazzadul Alam, organising committee chairman for the Pakistan series.

“However, our preparation is almost complete and we are ready to go ahead with the series,” he added.

Dhaka is scheduled to stage the Twenty20 games March 10 and 12 as well as the first three one-dayers March 13, 15 and 17. Chittagong is due to stage the last two ODIs on March 20 and 22.

The series is a reciprocal trip as Bangladesh went on a tour last year to fill in after Australia cancelled their trip at the eleventh hour on security grounds.

Bangladesh promised high security for the tourists after a mutiny at the country’s paramilitary headquarters killed more than 100 people, mostly army officers, last week.

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