The Bangladesh High Court on Thursday ordered the national team’s upcoming tour of Pakistan to be postponed for at least four weeks due to security fears.
Bangladesh were set to play one 50-over game and a Twenty20 international on April 29 and 30 in Lahore, the first international cricket matches in the troubled country for three years.
Additional Attorney General M.K. Rahman told AFP the high court in Dhaka had ordered Bangladesh’s cricket authorities to explain why the tour was scheduled to go ahead despite concerns over the team’s safety.
Adds AFP: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) released a strongly-worded statement voicing their fury at the postponement of the Bangladesh tour.
Chairman PCB Zaka Ashraf said that, This matter must have solved by the cricket boards rather then the court. However the PCB lawyers are looking into the matter.
“It is astonishing to note that a matter lacking any legal issue has been dragged in the court by petitioners who appear to have vested interest and want to jeopardise Pakistan-Bangladesh cricketing relations,” the statement said.
“It is extremely disturbing to note for the PCB and Pakistan cricket fans and world cricketing nations that such an adverse order has been passed to block a bilateral cricket series.”
Former Pakistan coach Mohsin Khan said he thought the postponement was strange.
“During this whole period I thought there was uncertainty but this postponement will definitely hurt Pakistan’s sincere efforts to revive cricket in Pakistan,” Khan told AFP.
PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmed agreed the postponement would damage Pakistan’s attempts to revive home internationals and leave a gap in the team’s calendar.
“We do not have any alternate plans because teams are busy in international cricket and we cannot arrange any team in such a short trip,” said Ahmed, still hoping Bangladesh can tour after the court case.