PCB not hopeful of Bangladesh touring Pak, gears up for tour cancellation

March 16th, 2009 - 11:53 am ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Mar 16 (ANI): The Pakistan Cricket Board is gearing up for yet another cancellation of tour as Bangladesh has still not confirmed the itinerary for the already shortened and postponed One-day series.

Sources in the board said that the PCB was not very hopeful of the Bangladesh Cricket Board getting clearance from their government for the tour.

Pakistan was due to tour Bangladesh from March 7 to play five One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 matches.

But the tour was postponed by the BCB on government advice a day after terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team convoy in Lahore on March 3, The News reported.

Since then sources say the BCB has been delaying sending a revised itinerary for the tour.

Apparently the indications are that in the current scenario the Bangladesh home ministry is not willing to give clearance for the tour because of security issues, one source said.

He said Pakistan also has to prepare for a One-day series against Australia and Bangladesh players have to go to India for the Indian Premier League from April 10.

The PCB officials believe that if the revised itinerary is not sent by next week, the tour is as good as cancelled. (ANI)

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